The Camden Public Library hosted the first Stewardship Education Alliance Fair in the amphitheatre Friday, June 4.

The nonprofit S.E.A. works to educate and engage students and community members in taking care of and improving local watersheds.

This event offered numerous activities, such as a mobile marine tank, a story-reading with Youth Librarian Amy Hand, and drawings for prizes from local businesses.

Numerous nonprofit organizations that support awareness and education about local watersheds were represented at the S.E.A. Fair.

“We wanted to bring these organizations together that share a very similar message of ‘How can we take care of our earth, our world, our land?’” said Barbara Lawrence, President of the S.E.A.

“Our own local environment is really what we can affect most.”

Prizes included a kayak trip in Camden Harbor offered by Maine Sport Outfitters, a trip with Camden Harbor cruises, an overnight trip on the Schooner Mary Day, and day sails on the Schooners Appledore and Surprise.

“I’m a former teacher and professor, and I think the way that you can reach people is through their kids,” said Lawrence. “I also know that you don’t go to a school and say, ‘Here’s what we want you to do.’ You ask, ‘What can we do to help you… that will further our mission to increase community awareness of ways to be better stewards of the watershed.’”

The S.E.A. encourages community members to develop a sense of curiosity about the environment, to respect the environment and its inhabitants, and to take part in solving issues that affect local watersheds. They further their mission by awarding grants to teachers in public and private schools and after-school programs in Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton, and Lincolnville, and by hosting events for the community.

You can learn more about the Stewardship Education Alliance and their mission at stewardshipeducationalliance.org.