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Marine Intertidal Ecology

$45

with Alana Luzzio

Calendar Jan 21, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This course will explore global intertidal ecology, from coral reefs to mangroves to salt marshes! We will explore the various ecosystems, the critters that call them home and climate change.

Please note that this is an online class. We will send out a Zoom link closer to the start date so you can access the class. Check your spam folder! If you are new to Zoom and need assistance, please contact Martie Crone at martie.crone@mdirss.org or call 288-4703 at least a day or so before the class begins. A child may join a parent for this class under the same registration.

NO CLASS ON FEB 18.

As one enthusiastic participant said, "[Alana] created a low tide monster of me!"

BIO: Alana is a marine biologist and have done research in the Gulf of Maine, Gulf of California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. She is passionate about marine biology and science communication.

Hospice Myths Debunked: Hospice Offers More Than You Think!

Free

with Hospice of Hancock County

Calendar Feb 4, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Online class: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County (HVHC) invite you to a free informational session surrounding the common myths about hospice care, while also sharing information about how hospice services go far beyond what many people realize. Advance Care Directive and grief support for families before and after their loved one passes are also offered by Hospice. Hospice Volunteer service available to individuals and families will be explained with the goal of serving patients and their families earlier in their journeys. Offered in collaboration with Adult Education programs of Hancock County.

MAKE UP DATE (due to power/internet outage, etc.) is Feb. 25 at the same time.

Will run

Beekeeping for Beginners

$55

with Peter Cowin

Calendar Mar 15, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey! This is a live online class.

Makeup class, if needed, 04/05/21.

Peter Cowin, a/k/a the Bee Whisperer, started keeping bees in the 1970s at the age of 11, and now tends to more than 130 colonies.  He is past President of Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and mentor to many local beekeepers.  Peter runs a beekeeping supply store in Hampden, Maine.  He sells packaged bees and produces queens and makes hundreds of nucleus colonies for sale each year.  His bees produce thousands of pounds of honey per year sold under the Bee Whisperer name.  Peter has been teaching beekeeping at his honey farm and for Adult Ed for more than eight years.

Beekeeping for Intermediates

$55

with Peter Cowin

Calendar Apr 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping, particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The course is a good follow-on from the beginner’s course.  Building up hive strength, swarm prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey production are all covered.  This is a live online class.

Makeup class, if needed, 05/17/21.

Peter Cowin, a/k/a the Bee Whisperer, started keeping bees in the 1970s at the age of 11, and now tends to more than 130 colonies.  He is past President of Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and mentor to many local beekeepers.  Peter runs a beekeeping supply store in Hampden, Maine.  He sells packaged bees and produces queens and makes hundreds of nucleus colonies for sale each year.  His bees produce thousands of pounds of honey per year sold under the Bee Whisperer name.  Peter has been teaching beekeeping at his honey farm and for Adult Ed for more than eight years.

Dog Training online: Interest List

Free

Does your dog need training but, with COVID, you can’t go to in-person classes? “Dogs gone Digital” may be the answer! This drop- in class via ZOOM is perfect for ALL ages, experience levels, needs and more. It is an online obedience course with a revolving curriculum to help you work on sit, down, stay, wait, loose leash walking, manners, go to your mat, coming when called and so much more. Each weekly session will cover 2 – 3 obedience skills, a life skill (drop it, nail trimming, no jumping, etc.) and offers a Q&A session too! Even for dogs who are good at these skills already, we can add challenges and feedback to help perfect some skills.

The sessions are also recorded so if you want to watch it again later you can.

To get the registration information, please sign up on here on this 'interest list',  email mdiae@mdirss.org, or call the MDI Adult Ed office at 288-4703. MDI Adult Ed will send you the link to register online for one or more classes. Each session is only $30.

Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden INTEREST LIST

Free

We anticipate being able to offer this highly popular class offered by MOFGA! The date is to be determined, but you can pre-register here. When the class details are available, we will notify you to complete the registration process.

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. Topics covered: soil science, enriching soil, fundamentals of composting, crop rotation, use of green manures, plant vs week identification, weed control, dealing with pests, etc. The instructor is an experienced farmer or gardener in our area. Free seeds will be provided! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.





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