Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. Check out these public science events, see what’s happening near you, and remember that #scienceiseverywhere!
July 11, 18 & 25, 9:00am – 1:00pm: FREE Citizen Science Training. Three dates to choose from in July! Collect data on migratory bird species – Take your training to partnering organization’s hiking trails. Space is limited, please register HERE.
July 19, 12:00 – 1:00pm: Brown Bag: Old Bucketnose – Icon of the North Woods. Lee Kantar, State Moose Biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will give a talk about Maine’s moose. Lee will discuss natural history of moose, current research and management and may even throw in a few up-close experiences with these magnificent Icons of the North Woods. Bring your lunch and learn more about moose! Moore Auditorium – free and open to the public.
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor
July 1: Registration ends for 2018 Connect Science Summer Institute (held August 14-17). Preparing elementary school teachers to integrate collaborative skills and science content into a service-learning project using Connect Science.
Hosted by Mölnlycke at Brunswick Landing, 192 Admiral Fitch Ave, Brunswick
July 10, 5:00-6:30pm: Café Sci:Nitrogen to the Rescue: How Arctic Ice Reduction is Fertilizing the Sea. Microscopic plants in the ocean have a giant impact on the health of the planet. While these phytoplankton are currently facing numerous challenges from climate change, recent research has revealed that they are getting a surprising boost in the Arctic. Join Deborah Bronk, the new president and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory, to learn about how the reduction of sea ice is increasing the growth of phytoplankton, providing food for larger organisms and accelerating the rate at which they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci is a fun, free way to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. Pick a chair, grab a drink, and let’s talk about the mysteries, challenges, and opportunities of the sea. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register here.
July 17, 5:00-6:30pm: Café Sci: Deep Sea Mining: How Your Smartphone is Driving the Hunt for Seafloor Minerals.At hot spots in the deep sea, animals both recognizable and strange feed and breed. The rocky areas that sustain these animals are also rich in metals like iron, nickel, and cobalt. Manufacturing processes for smart phones and lithium ion batteries have increased demand for these metals, and made the prospect of deep sea mining more attractive to countries and companies. Join Beth Orcutt, an expert in these deep ecosystems and2018 MSF 5 Minute Genius speaker, to learn about the motivation for deep sea mining and what its potential impacts may be. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register here.
July 20, 10:00am-2:00pm: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Annual Open House. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an independent, nonprofit research institute. At our annual open house, scientists and staff will have a wide range of scientific demonstrations and activities to show you our robotic research aides, introduce you to some of the smallest organisms on the planet, and much more. Community members of all ages are invited to come be a part of the cutting-edge science conducted at Bigelow. For more information, visit www.bigelow.org/openhouse. This event is free and open to the public.
July 24, 5:00-6:30pm: Café Sci: Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture. Join Nicole Price, a 2016 MSF 5 Minute Genius speaker, to learn about seaweed aquaculture. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register here.
July 31, 5:00-6:30pm: Café Sci: Precious Metals: A Global Hunt to Understand Scarce Ocean Nutrients. Join Ben Twining to learn about precious metals in the oceans. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register here.
60 Bigelow Drive, East Boothbay, 04544
Thursdays Seaside Science Calling all budding marine scientists: On Thursday afternoons this summer join our friends from Maine EPSCoR for fun hands-on science time. We’ll explore things that happen in and on the water using various aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Recommended for ages 4+; free with regular museum admission.
Admission: FREE for members! $7.50 general admission
Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, Bangor
July 8-14: High School Island Ecology This week-long teen science camp is packed with experiential learning adventures along Hurricane Island’s breathtaking coastline, beaches, and trails. Challenge your mind as you explore, think, observe, and ask questions like a trained naturalist and become familiar with the field sampling techniques of island ecologists.
Cost: $1400/week; financial aid available! For rising 9-12th graders
July 20-22: Hurricane Island Archaeology Weekend Come experience the history of Hurricane!! This 3-day experiential-based program for anyone with an interest in basic archaeology, offers a field component, hands-on lab analysis, and the opportunity to engage in authentic research unique to Hurricane Island. Participants will take part in all phases of archaeological fieldwork including excavating, screening, documenting discoveries, cleaning and classifying artifacts.
Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Mainland office: 19 Commercial St, Rockland
Summer Matinee Planetarium Shows – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in July. Join us for summer programming at the planetarium! We will be showcasing our library of shows during matinee performances on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2:00 pm. For show titles see https://astro.umaine.edu/publicevents/
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