March Science Squad

Date: March 30, 2018

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Location: Sears Island, Searsport, ME

Signs of the Seasons Phenology Program for Kids on Sears Island

Gray treefrogs, an indicator species used to record phenology (Public Domain Photo)

This program is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please click to complete a registration form.

On Friday, March 30th from 3:30-5:00pm, Friends of Sears Island will host an early spring phenology program for kids on Sears Island. The workshop will be led by Elisabeth Maxwell, Assistant Coordinator for the Signs of the Seasons Program. The Signs of the Seasons is a program that relies on citizen scientists across Maine and New Hampshire to contribute valuable data about phenology – the study of seasonal changes and timing of natural events. These changes include things such as songbird migration, budding of leaves and flowers on plants, emergence of amphibians, and more! The data recorded by volunteers helps researchers understand the local effects of global changes in climate.

This unique children’s workshop is designed to teach students about what phenology means, how to recognize seasonal changes in their area, and learn to identify species that they can observe in their own backyard. This free program is designed for kids ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. To put your child’s name on the waiting list, please CLICK HERE.

This event is part of Friends of Sears Island’s “Science Squad,” a place-based after-school program involving children as scientists, explorers, and stewards of their environment. Science Squad is made possible by a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation. To learn more about the Signs of the Seasons program, visit https://extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 3:30pm. Please wear footwear and outdoor gear appropriate for hiking and bring water and a snack. No pets are permitted at public programs.  In the event of inclement weather, program participants will be notified that the program is cancelled, with a back-up date of April 6th, 3:30-5:00pm. For more information, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call 207-975-3878.