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May 2018 MSF partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. See what’s happening near you this month and remember that #scienceiseverywhere!


Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (We Are Astronomers, narrated by David Tennant) and Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Earth, Moon & Sun). More information about all programming can be found at 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


May 11, 1;30-4:30pm  Telephone Museum Tour Guides training. Do you care about STEM education? The Telephone Museum in North Ellsworth gives students and others an historical perspective of telecommunications through real, interactive, working exhibits. It helps them understand the giant leap from analog to digital systems and the importance of STEM education to invention and industry. The Telephone Museum eagerly seeks enthusiastic Tour Guides to share the stories and demonstrate the exhibits. BONUS: If you sign up as a Tour Guide for four days this summer, we will give you a FREE 2018 Family Membership (a $50. value)! If you can’t make the training session on the 11th, we’ll be powering-up the exhibits and welcoming new volunteers on Saturday, May 19th. For more information, including directions visit

The Telephone Museum, 166 Winkumpaugh Road, Ellsworth


Ongoing sign-ups Summer Science Camps for Middle and High School Students. Camps run throughout July and August. The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership provides extraordinary opportunities to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world – as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders! Sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for middle and high school programs in science, sustainability, and leadership. Our hands-on one or two week summer programs invite students to immerse themselves in the natural world, challenging them to explore and ask questions like trained naturalists in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Programs are small (with a maximum of 12 students) and are led by trained field scientists and educators, providing a level of instructor expertise and maturity you won’t find in other summer experiences.  No day is complete without hiking, swimming, sailing, or rock climbing. Come participate in our field science and leadership programs and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime!

Fee: $1400 week-long programs, $2500 two-week programs; Middle and High School Students

Ongoing sign-ups Women Of The Sea (WOTS), running July 14-28, 2018. This program is an integrated two-week STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for Maine High School young women and offered jointly through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership and the Boothbay Sea and Science Center. The lucky 12 participants will spend two weeks learning about oceanography, marine biology, maritime history, sustainability, marine technology, marine debris, etc. on Hurricane Island and aboard a sailing vessel. Students will be split into 2 groups of 6, each experiencing one week of programming on Hurricane Island and the other week learning aboard Vela, a 50-foot gaff headed sloop, that will travel between Boothbay Harbor and Hurricane Island. Students will spend 2 days on Hurricane Island in the middle of the program for team building and leadership programming. The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings at BSSC. One of the goals of this program is to foster environmental awareness in the participants and encourage them to return to their homes and schools as advocates and leaders for continued education, research, and collaboration.

Fee: $1950, Maine High School Girls

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership


Tuesdays, 11:00-11:30am Science Detectives. Science for preschoolers, recommended for ages 3+.

Admission: FREE for members! $7.50 general admission

Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, Bangor


May 3, 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch and Learn. Curious about what happens at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute? Each month we host a Lunch & Learn tour of our facility on the Portland waterfront. This informal session — geared toward community leaders, supporters, and friends of GMRI — provides an introduction to our work and an opportunity to better understand GMRI’s role in the community. Join us to hear the latest news about the Gulf of Maine, meet GMRI staff, and enjoy casual conversation over lunch. Please reserve your spot by registering.

May 10, 7:00-8:00pm Retail Responsibility: Our Sustainable Seafood Story Join us for the fifth and final session of our Winter/Spring 2018 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Six Women Changing Seafood.” We’ll hear from Leigh Chase, Seafood Category Manager, and Kim Gray, Director Center Store Merchandising, with Hannaford Supermarkets. Register early; seating is limited.

May 15, 1:00-2:30pm; May 17, 6:30-8:00pm Preparing for Sea Level Rise. Our sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. The space for this program is limited. If you would like to reserve a spot, please register: May 15th or May 17th.

May 31, 6:30-8:00pm A Glimpse into World Aquaculture Through Film Join GMRI aquaculture program staff and leaders from the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) for a night of compelling short films portraying the people behind aquaculture (fish farming) around the world. All the films are produced by GAA’s award-winning documentary short film initiative, GAA Films. The evening will start with a cocktail reception followed by four compelling films depicting transformational aquaculture in Mexico, Ireland, Hawaii, and right here in Maine. Mix, mingle, meet the filmmakers, and help steer the direction of future films.  Reserve your spot by registering.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland


Multiple dates in May (May 10, 15, 17, 23, and 29) Field Birding Trips. Meet at and explore Frazer Point to witness the return of songbirds and warblers. There may be nothing quite as colorful and engaging when it comes to bird migration as these special weeks in May. Learn identification tips, discuss conservation issues, and have fun in pursuit of as many species as we can find. Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director and enter the fray!

Cost per date / per person is $15.00. Please call Michelle at 207-288-1356 to register and reserve your spot today!

May 17, 12:00- 1:00pm Brown Bag: Students Partner with Shellfish Committees to Manage Clam Fishing. Bill Zoellick, Schoodic Institute Education Research Director, will describe the crisis faced by clam fishermen all along the coast of Maine and will explain how work by schools and students can provide information that will help in addressing the problem. He will provide an overview of work over this past year with Sumner Memorial High School and the towns of Gouldsboro and Steuben, and will talk about Schoodic Institute’s work toward expanding this program to other towns and schools. Moore Auditorium

May 19  Celebrate spring with a field day full of free, family activities and events. National Jr. Ranger and International Bird Day are geared toward children ages 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. Rain or Shine! Begin the adventure at Eliot Hall on the Schoodic institute campus. Explore the forest and be a salamander sleuth, learn about woodland and wetland animal, try your hand as a NPS firefighter, enjoy art, activities and games! Call 288-1310 for more information. This event is generously sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.

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



Planet Shark, Predator or Prey  Trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the Great White shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator. Wednesday – Sunday, $14.50 – $18.50. Group rates are also available. Closing May 13th.

68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland (1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines)

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