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January 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine. Our partners have a number of public science events this January.  See what’s happening near you and remember that #scienceiseverywhere.


January 19th, Noon – 1:00pm: Brown Bag Lunch Series: Migration -The New Science of Ancient Movement. In the struggle for existence, migration is among nature’s great events. Birds do it. Whales do it. Even some insects move thousands of miles in spring or fall. Reporting from the frontiers of migration, naturalist and photographer Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from the perspective of a bird (Blackpoll Warbler), a butterfly (Monarch) and a dragonfly (Wandering Glider). Join writer and field biologist, Bryan Pfeiffer as he shares images, stories and humor! You’ll discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals migrate to survive.

Bring your lunch and join us during this free program. Registration is not required.

9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor. Follow signs on the Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor.



January 10th, 2016, 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Maine BioScience Legislative Reception. Come speak face-to-face with the newly elected Legislators, hear about BAM’s policy priorities, and learn about the major topics for the 2017 legislative session. Issues like tax policy, economic development incentives, higher education, workforce and transportation are important to your bottom line. Legislators need to hear from the life science business community. Be part of this conversation!

This event is free; please RSVP to

Senator Inn & Spa, 284 Western Avenue, Augusta


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January 7th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm: Do you have what it takes to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Test your survival skills and learn how to prepare for the ultimate disaster at this fun event geared to youth in the 8-12 grades. For more information, contact Axiom Education & Training Center 207-255-4917 or email

Food, prizes, and surprises. The event is free, but registration is required – please register here.

University of Maine Machias Gym, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias



January 5th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Curiosity Studies: Skulls.

January 19th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Curiosity Studies: Tower Garden.

Do you need time to create? Feeling frustrated with the same still life arrangement? Come be inspired by our most amazing specimens—this month, it’s creature skulls and our Tower Garden! You are invited to view our reserve collections for artistic motivation. Bring your own supplies—paint, sewing needles, charcoal, pencils and we provide the inspiration.

*No admission charge; please bring your own art supplies.

Maine Discovery Museum, Main Street Gallery, 74 Main Street, Bangor


January 23rd, 3:00pm-4:00pm: From Frog Fungus to Smashed Dams; Maine science journalism and the (messed up) food chain of new. Maine is fertile ground for environmental journalists. It’s got marine waters, estuaries and rivers, great ponds and little bogs, rugged peaks and thousands of miles of woodlands. All of these become controversial from time to time, with conflicts over everything from dams and wind turbines to clearcutting, wetlands and shoreland zoning. If that’s not enough, Maine has dozens of top-notch scientists conducting environmental research. So there are lots of stories to be told. But what makes a good news story for a general audience? When is the best time to tell it? And how best to report it? Murray Carpenter, author and journalist, will discuss these questions, using examples from Maine.

January 30th, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Can Maine Prosper? Research, Leadership & Partnership for Economic Growth. Yellow Light Breen, from the Maine Development Foundation, will discuss this topic.

107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center – University of Maine, Orono


Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (From Earth to the Universe) Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Magic Treehouse: Space Mission). More information

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12.

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine, Orono



Wednesdays in January, 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Lego Afterschool Club for grades 2-5. More details can be found at

$50/4 week session

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor



Until April 2017: Dinosaurs Unearthed. Be transported to an era 65 million years ago – an era when dinosaurs walked the earth. IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBIT Dinosaurs Unearthed shows far more than just fossils. State of the art technology and research has allowed for visitors to see how dinosaurs looked, moved and sounded when they roamed the planet. With more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs that roar and rouse, there is plenty of action at every turn. The exhibition also features full-sized skeletons, fossils, an excavation site, and plenty of interactive activities that will unleash every visitor’s inner paleontologist.

Prices: Adults ($19.50), 65+/College/Military ($17.50), Child 3-12 ($14.50), Children under 3 (Free)

Ages: Great for all ages, but focused on K-8 students

Times: 7 days per week. Entry times are Mon – Thurs 10am to 6pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm. Exhibit closes 1-hour after last entry.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Portland. 1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines.

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