Narraguagus Vital Communities Project


Guest Blog post Helen Sprague and from Narraguagus and Harrington Elementary School students. The original idea for this project was to somehow reach out to the community and get their help in monitoring the environment. At first we thought about a big spaghetti dinner that would include the high school and its feeding grammar schools, but that may have been thinking too big. So, we took it down a notch and had the schools work independently on their own ideas to reach out to the community.

Photo Contest Winners!


First off, a huge thank you to all of those who participated, and you should all pat yourselves on the back for doing such a wonderful job. Focusing on how you are conveying information through a photograph vs. just taking a photo makes a big difference in providing good visual evidence of your observation.

Getting Microscopic in Dedham


Guest blog post by Rhonda Tate My middle school students have been active young scientists this year both in the field and in the lab. I want to share two funny things that happened this winter that both lead back to microscopes... Not just any microscopes -- Foldscopes.

Hot Topic! Forest Pests


Sitting around a campfire on a warm summer night is a favorite activity of a lot of us in Maine. Especially if s’mores are involved! Hopefully that firewood you're burning is from a local source. It's actually illegal to bring firewood into the state of Maine and with good reason.

Spring Field Season Photo Contest

    Welcome to the Vital Signs Spring Season Photography Contest! We're excited to celebrate the skilled observers in the VS community this spring with a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and recognition on the VS website for the best photo in each of the following categories:

Hot Topic! Invasive Plantings


Finally, with this recent burst of nice weather we are able to go from dreaming about the outdoors to spending time outside. The time has come to work in our yards and gardens. Cleaning up the beds, laying down some mulch, and planting that new bush or shrub.

Volunteers and Vital Signs: Helping and Serving to Steward the Next Generation


It was a dark and stormy night...actually, it was a chilly yet sunny morning on the shores of Woolwich, Maine. On April 24th a group of 17 volunteers spent their Friday morning learning about and looking for the invasive green crab.

Hot Topic! Green Crabs


Introducing the Vital Signs Hot Topic! “Hot Topics” are our new way of sharing current invasive happenings in the state of Maine. We’ll also include ideas around data collection, classroom resources, and media to help you access more information.

What a day for a Field Day!


On April 11th, 8 fabulous teachers joined the Vital Signs team here in Portland for a day of fun in the sun! This was our first field day of the season and it really started off the field season on a high note.

Spring - where art thou?

    Guest blog post by Rhonda Tate
    April is the month when my mind turns to green grass, rushing streams, and Vital Signs! While it may seem like Vital Signs investigations are a far off dream, my students and I will be headed out into the field to gather some of our ongoing data just next week.

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