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Community Engagement

Get Involved: Volunteering, Action, and Education

Our volunteers are an integral part of our community. They help us collect observational data, lend their voices in support of our advocacy, and help rally the region around Casco Bay. In addition to working with volunteers, we host a variety of events throughout the year to engage and educate the public about the Bay.

Water Reporter

Volunteer Water Reporters help us act as the eyes and ears of Casco Bay. Water Reporters use their smartphones to photograph algal blooms, sea level rise, pollution, eelgrass, wildlife sightings, and other notable observations from on and around the Bay. Their photos are shared with our staff through the Water Reporter app, creating an archive of observational data on how the Bay may be changing over time.



In addition to Water Reporter, there are many ways to volunteer with Friends of Casco Bay. Coastal cleanups, storm drain stenciling, and helping out at events are all great ways to make a difference. We can also organize volunteer events for larger groups. Head to our volunteer page to sign up and learn more.


Advocacy and Action Alerts

When we need help showing public support for advocacy actions that will improve and protect the health of Casco Bay, we ask you to lend your voice. By signing up for our emails, you will receive periodic action alerts that ask you to write testimony, contact your elected officials, and more in support of the health of Casco Bay.



Our events are a great way to get involved in our work and learn about Casco Bay. We host a range of events throughout the year, like presentations about our water quality data, discussions about marine policies and advocacy, and community science events. Recordings of our events are available for those who could not attend or want to revisit a discussion.


Read about our community engagement work:

35th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

May 28, 2024

  You’re Invited to Friends of Casco Bay’s 35th Anniversary Celebration & Members Annual Meeting Thursday, July 25   |   5:30-7:30 p.m.   |   Program begin 6:15 p.m.  |   Portland Yacht Services Friends of Casco Bay invites you to celebrate our 35th anniversary with us and the Bay we all… Read more

Frame the Bay

May 28, 2024

Announcing the Casco Bay Photo Contest We want to see your favorite photos taken of, near, or on Casco Bay. Show us what the Bay means to you! Winners of the contest will be announced at Friends of Casco Bay’s 35th Anniversary & Members Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 25… Read more

Surf, Storms, and Spirits on Friday, May 17 at Maine Craft Distilling

May 10, 2024

Hang ten with Friends and the surfing community. We’ll be enjoying mocktails and mixed drinks like “Mermaid Tears” and “Cranberry Island Cocktail” to raise funds for Friends of Casco Bay’s clean water efforts. While storms bring in the big waves, they also stir up a lot of dangerous debris and carry extra loads of… Read more

Stormwater Stroll – Friday, June 7

May 9, 2024

Please note this event has reached capacity. Please email Sara Freshly at sfreshley [at] cascobay [dot] org to placed on the waitlist. Join us for a Stormwater Stroll on Friday, June 7, 2024 to celebrate Clean Water Week!  Are you curious about how the City of Portland and Friends of Casco Bay are working to… Read more

Volunteer Water Reporter Susan Woodman bends her body over to get a closer look at the eelgrass at Willard Beach, holding a delicate green blade like the hand of a friend.

A Friend to Eelgrass: A Water Reporter Helps Look After a Vital Ecosystem in Peril

May 2, 2024

Susan Woodman is eager to get to the beach during the lowest of low tides to glimpse her favorite eelgrass beds. It’s 6:47 a.m. and the tide is still way out. She can spot it in the distance. Susan began photographing the eelgrass meadows at Willard Beach about a year… Read more

Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper: Eelgrass

May 1, 2024

Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Community Organizer Sara Freshley are joined by Staff Scientist Mike Doan for a casual conversation about the plight of eelgrass in Casco Bay and our eelgrass pilot project at our last Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper event of the season. Watch the video here. Like coral… Read more