Above, participants gather together for the annual GOMI group picture to commemorate the event. PHOTOS SUBMITTED
This year five students from the Tantramar Wetlands Centre travelled to Byfield, MA, for the 14th annual Gulf of Maine Institute (GOMI) summer workshop. This workshop is directed at youth and is used to engage them in environmental stewardship, particularly along the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.
Sarah Stewart, Alexandra Duchemin, Ben Hicks, Liam Stewart and Max Farella, accompanied by their adult advisors, Nancy MacKinnon and Megan Mitton, left Sackville on June 29 for the week-long conference. After arriving, they were assigned to one of six different groups, including invasive species, bee keeping, urban ecology, water quality, drifters and climate change. Sarah Stewart, who will be entering her final year at Tantramar Regional High School in the fall, took part in the water quality group, where she took samples from the Merrimack River and tested those using YSI meters and Photometers.
When asked about the conference, Stewart said, “My experience at GOMI was excellent because it allowed me to connect with other people my age who were concerned about environmental issues like I was. I believe that it’s very important for youth to be educated on the environment because the lessons we learn about issues like climate change and pollution will still be applicable and prevalent in our futures and the futures of generations to come.”
GOMI certainly gave the students from the Tantramar team a chance to engage with their surrounding communities. They were able to take part in conversations about complex issues and received training that will certainly be valuable in their future endeavors.
Sarah Boorne is the wetlands education coordinator at the Tantramar Wetlands Centre (www.weted.com/).