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July 2016 events from Maine Science Festival Partners

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



July 21st, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Brown Bag Lunch Series – What is a BioBlitz? Have you heard about the BioBlitz? Ever wonder its purpose, and how it informs managers at Acadia National Park? Join Schoodic Institute field technicians for an informative Bioblitz presentation. Learn about monitoring methods for understanding what insects are using the park – both native and invasive species. 2016 will mark the 14th year of conducting a Bioblitz – and each year’s result, featuring a different insect group, is a window into the changing biodiversity of the park. During the past decade over 500 new insect species have been found when compared to historic collections from 1920 through 1950. Get the scoop on bugs!

July 23, 8:00 am: Acadia National Park 14th Annual Bioblitz – Hands-on Citizen Science Biodiversity event. 2016 BioBlitz Focus: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths). Lead Taxonomist: Michael Sabourin, an internationally known lepidopterist and field naturalist. He is a Research Associate of the McGuire Center in Florida and has studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Vermont. Sabourin currently resides in Marshfield, Vermont where he has served as the Vermont Entomological Society president for several years. Blitz registration fee is $20. Register for the Bioblitz here.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Dr, Winter Harbor


July 1st, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Public Laboratory Tour, all ages. Please call (207) 315-2567 to reserve your tour space.

July 5th, 6:00 pm: Café Scientifique — Dr. Beth Orcutt, adults. If a frozen lake burps methane into the atmosphere and no one is around to see it, did it happen?

July 12th, 6:00 pm: Café Scientifique —Dr. Cindy Heil, adults. Do toxic algal blooms affect you?

July 15th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Open House and Donor Appreciation Day, all ages.

July 19th, 6:00 pm: Café Scientifique —Dr. Mike Lomas, adults. How do temperature fluctuations ripple through the Arctic food web?

July 26th, 6:00 pm: Café Scientifique —Dr. Ben Twining, adults. What does melting Arctic ice mean for phytoplankton?

All events at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, Maine


July 18th 8:30 am- 12:30 pm: SENCER Training. Maine Campus Compact is holding a STEM professional development training:  Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). This SENCER training aims to improve science education by connecting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content to civic engagement and critical local, national, and global challenges. At the training, K-12 educators, higher education faculty, undergraduates, and graduates will be challenged to learn how to integrate civic engagement and real world learning into the classroom. Free to attend, travel reimbursement and a limited number of $50 stipends are available to eligible participants. Please register for the training here:

University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Dr, Augusta


July 5th, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm: Jupiter Jamboree. More information at

Fridays at 7:00pm: Back to the Moon for Good

Sundays at 2:00pm: Magic Treehouse: Space Mission

Wednesdays at 1:30pm: family programs.

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, Orono


July 18-22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; drop off 8-9 AM/ pick up 3-4 PM. Behind the Scenes Science camp, for kids entering grades 4-6. Cost: $305; Military Discount – 5% (parent/guardians currently serving). **Partial scholarships may be available [need based].**

July 25-29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; drop off 8-9 AM/ pick up 3-4 PM. Astronaut Academy camp, for kids entering grades 4-6. Cost: $420; Military Discount – 5% (parent/guardians currently serving). **Partial scholarships may be available [need based].**

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor

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