Del Welch of the Friends of St. George presented a donation to Jason Reese and Jasper Rahkonen, who will be Regional School Unit 13 First Work Experience students this summer at the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.

The donation will support participation by a student from St. George. The hydroponic lettuce in the greenhouse is only one of several edibles that staff Alex Brasili says will be available through the First Work program. Students plant, nurture, market and sell the produce.

Starting Monday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will offer public tours of the aquaponics system and the gardens. Starting July 3, students will man a table at the new Community Market open Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean View Grange between Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde.

In addition to First Work, Herring Gut offers a week-long Summer Camp program as well as the Saltwater Series of Tuesday events featuring marine related topics and field walks. Schedules at

The marine related programs of HGLC are a good fit with the conservation interests of the Friends of St. George. Information about Neighborhood Access Paths, a video about the geology at Marshall Point Lighthouse, and the Friends of St. George itself is found on