Coastal Maine Geopark
The coast of Maine has an outstanding and unique heritage of volcanism, glaciation and changing coastlines. Developing a Geopark in this region will allow us to celebrate and promote that heritage while supporting sustainable development for the region through geotourism.
Promoting how the coast of Maine has changed, and is changing, over long
geological timescales is vital for enhancing awareness and understanding
of key issues facing society today, such as sea level rise and
sustainable use of natural resources. Currently there is little
education about coastal Maine's internationally significant
geology which is why now is an ideal time to establish
a Geopark in this region.
Goals of the Geopark
Celebrate and promote the geology of coastal Maine and how the geology influences the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Display scientific and cultural sites of importance at selected Geosites.
Foster partnership and collaboration between local communities and internationally through regional and global networks where knowledge, ideas, and experiences are shared.
Promote sustainable development for rural coastal Maine communities through geotourism.
Developing a Geopark is a long-term project that takes time to foster relationships with community partners, develop educational projects and raise sufficient funding.
Since the beginning of the Geopark planning in 2020, we have focused on laying out the proposed Geopark area and Geosites. We are currently building relationships with community partners at each Geosite and other organizations that can support the Geopark.
One of our primary focuses right now is working on strategic planning and building a sustainable management plan.
For the Spring '20 term at College of the Atlantic, the Museum Practicum class and the Geoheritage of Coastal Maine tutorial are working together to prototype interpretation panels and educational materials for the Geopark. This is an exciting collaboration that highlights the interdisciplinary approach to learning at COA.