On Thursday, June 6, Herring Gut Learning Center will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on the center’s campus at 59 Factory Road in Port Clyde.

The event is an opportunity for the community to learn firsthand about the programs offered year-round at Herring Gut. Visitors are welcome to drop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served, and there will be artwork and presentations by Oceanside West and School of Roots students throughout the night. The open house is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome.

“For over 13 years Herring Gut has offered unique, effective marine science and aquaculture-based programs for students, teachers and the community,” states Wes Todd, Herring Gut executive director, in a news release. “Many people have heard about the center, but don’t know where we are or what we do. On June 6 we’re opening the campus to welcome friends, neighbors, school partners, families, and everyone who has ever been curious about what do in Port Clyde. All are invited.”

Visitors to the open house will have the chance to tour Herring Gut’s fish hatchery, greenhouse, fresh and saltwater laboratories, library, raised bed gardens and historic Thomson House. Students, teachers, staff and board members will be on hand to share stories and updates about the innovative programs on campus. Children’s activities will include face painting. There will be drawings for gift certificates to the community market and Herring Gut merchandise.

Founded in 1999, Herring Gut Learning Center is a non-profit education center in Port Clyde, that partners with public schools to engage students and teachers in hands-on aquaculture and marine science programs, provides professional development opportunities for k-12 teachers, and offers a summer first work experience for young teens. For more information about upcoming events, visit herringgut.org.