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Coast Encounters, Wells

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Carol Steingart is a marine science educator who has been conducting intertidal programs for over 15 years. Carol, also known as “Coastal Carol,” fell in love with the marine world when she first went to the Shoals Marine Laboratory as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire in 1977. Having grown up on the flat, sandy beaches of Long Island, NY, she was immediately captivated by the rocky shoreline of Maine and the critters under the rocks. After working in the freshwater streams of New Hampshire in the 70s, and in the music recording engineering field in the 80s, she returned to her passion in the tide pools of Maine when she was asked to bring in some marine creatures to her daughter’s second grade class. Her presentation on tide pool critters was so good, the teachers and students asked her back year after year. Today, Carol offers unique intertidal excursions on the Maine coast to small groups and brings the tide pools to schools and other locations. Carol’s favorite marine creature is the horseshoe crab. Her passion for horseshoe crabs comes out in her special program offerings and excursions featuring these “prehistoric helmets of the sea.”

Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. She is a Shoals Marine Lab faculty member and a lifetime member of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). Carol is also the president and a long-time board member of the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA). She holds a Maine state license to collect intertidal organisms for educational purposes.

Whether she is leading private excursions to the shore or bringing horseshoe crabs or intertidal critters to the classroom, birthday parties, camps, or assisted living facilities, kids and grown-ups love Carol’s enthusiastic approach to hands-on learning.
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  • Highly recommend! If you aren't already curious about tidepools, you will be by the end of the trip. Coastal Carol's passion and knowledge of tidepools are so contagious you'll pick them up through os...  more »
  • I was a second time returning participant to Coast Encounters to the inter tidal world with Carol and was pleasantly surprised at how she can tailor the foray to ensure each experience is unique. Both...  more »
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  • Beautiful beach.
  • Carol does an amazing job. Kids will love this.

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