Lindsay Seward and Erik Blomberg are co-instructors of a University of Maine Wildlife Field Survey course, which is based at CCLC’s campus for two weeks each May. The facilities and setting of the CCLC, they said, are unique in Maine and “we have found that its rural location, proximity to diverse ecosystems, and relatively “wild” surroundings are particularly valuable to our student’s professional and personal development.” The campus also supports the approximately 40 adults who need a place to sleep, eat, stay up late to do data analysis, and get to know each other through campfire sing-alongs.
Another benefit to the setting of this course is bringing these students to Downeast Maine. “Even our students who grew up in Maine have mostly not been in this area,” Lindsay said. Experiencing the many assets of the region has led several students to careers here.