“You will get wet, you will have fun –
you will laugh and you will learn.”

Want to know what it’s like to learn from Coastal Carol of Coast Encounters? Here are a few testimonials from families, kids, teachers and others who have experienced an excursion or participated in an educational program with Carol.

John & Jean Cagianello

During the past ten years, along with our grandson, we have enjoyed several tide pooling and coastal explorations with Coastal Carol. From the beginning we have found Carol to be both passionate and an expert in her field; she consistently demonstrates the outstanding ability to relate to learners of all ages. Carol is patient in her approach and confident in the abilities of those she meets. She is able to engage a wide age range of kids in cooperative learning activities where all are winners. At the same time, she seeks to convey her great knowledge and respect for the ocean and sea life to those with whom she comes in contact. While on an expedition with Carol kids and families ‘un-connect the tech’ and come away with an understanding and appreciation not only of the valuable resources of our planet but also of the beauty, wonder and value of the ocean and sea life. We highly recommend an excursion with Carol as part of any vacation to Maine.

Emily S.

“Expect to get your hands wet while laughing and learning about life between the tides. Carol’s unparalleled enthusiasm guarantees a great time for anyone of any age.”

A Cape Elizabeth resident

“Eleven children from various parts of the United States travel to Maine in the summer for Cousins Camp. Carol has given them a unique experience learning about marine life in the tide pools along the coast. The children, from six to fourteen years of age, quickly accepted Carol as a friend, and together they discovered the diversity of living organisms, including baby lobsters. It was a memorable activity for the children.”

Penny Asherman

“Last Spring, the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust hosted a horseshoe crab event at one of our protected properties as part of our effort to get more kids out into nature. Carol Steingart was amazing! The crowd of children and adults were fascinated by her presentation and came away with a new respect for not only horseshoe crabs, but the wonder of nature in general. The interest from the community was so strong, she is doing it again this year!”

Kreuze family

“The highlight of our summer is always the time we spend with Carol. We have known Carol for four years now and have climbed around plenty of tide pools with our two boys. Each time we go tidepooling with her, we learn something new – not just about marine biology – but about the ecosystem and our place in it and how marine life isn’t just in the ocean and tide pools but in the very food we eat! Carol has a wonderful personality and can reach any kid young or old and get them excited about the mystery and beauty hidden under, between and attached to the rocks of the tide pools. You will get wet, you will have fun – you will laugh and you will learn. It is such a fun way to spend a day for kids and kids at heart!”

Peck family

“Fantastic! I appreciated all the parental advice and general kindness, as well as the well planned, well-organized activities and expertise where kids and science intersect. Clearly you are in the right field! Fun, creative, knowledgeable!”

Margaret Gillespie

“I was so excited when my young niece and nephew discovered the magic of tide pools with Carol. They screamed with delight when they found crabs and young lobsters. After playing games, going on treasure hunts, doing crafts, participating in plays and cooking with seaweed, both are started on a lifetime appreciation of oceans.”

Nancy M.

“My 9-year old and I have been to three of Carol’s amazing horseshoe crab events. Each was better than the last. Carol’s extensive knowledge of and interest in horseshoe crabs enable her to engage children of all ages throughout her time with them. She makes learning fun!”


Contact Coastal Carol to plan your Maine intertidal adventure.