Bringing Community-Based Stewardship to the Gulf 

The Gulf of Maine is one of the richest bioregions on Earth. It is a source of food, water, economic stability, recreation and spiritual renewal for those who live there. Due to climate change the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than any other comparable body of water on Earth. Such drastic change impairs its ability to provide ecosystem services and maintain biodiversity, ultimately impacting the wellbeing of all of the watershed. 

As a community, our health depends on the health of our surrounding ecosystem. Now is the to work together to restore and maintain the Gulf.


The Gulf in Need


GOMI's Mission

GOMI’s mission is to educate the larger community and prepare the coming generations to steward wisely. GOMI works closely with teachers, school districts, researchers and youth to:

• Teach the importance of sustaining biodiversity

• Prepare students to lead as citizen stewards

• Engage the scientific community to partner with us by providing youth and teachers research opportunities and resources

• Create public forums to engage communities in conversations that open windows to awareness and doors to action


Join us by submitting articles to the Journal, engaging family and friends in conversation, attending one of our conferences or donating.

(Marsh aerial photo © Aber, Aber, and Valentine, 2009)

COVID-19 Process

Due to COVID-19 we are adjusting a lot of our programming so that it can be carried out through distanced learning technologies. The emphasis is still on Community-Based Stewardship, but through our virtual projects and programs we are focusing on how to enhance inter-site collaboration, and showing students that we can have an impact and build community even when we need to rely on digital technology to do so. 

Community-based stewardship (CBS) promotes experiential learning, rooted in and with the community. CBS focuses on the uniqueness of a specific place and emphasizes civic engagement - the act(s) of doing something concrete and beneficial to understand, improve, remedy, or protect the natural and cultural environment.

CBS is at the core of how GOMI works. To achieve our mission of stewarding wisely we:

- Partner with schools to establish Gulf of Maine courses, where students work with teachers and community partners to develop hands-on projects that deepen their understanding of how climate change affects their local environment.

- Have yearly conferences to discuss best practices in environmental education, and

- Involve the wider community through social media and our website, in order to expand the conversation to include other partners and build a sense of collective responsibility. 

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Community-Based Stewardship

117 Main Street
West Newbury, MA 01985


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