Hartford-Sumner Elementary School 5th Graders Survey Bear Pond


Guest blog post by Gretchen Kimball, teacher from Hartford-Sumner Elementary School.

Eurasian Water Milfoil Found in Lake Cobbosseecontee


An aggressive aquatic invasive plant, Eurasian water milfoil, was just detected in the northern end of Lake Cobbosseecontee.

St George School Investigates the Mystery of the Alewives


Guest blog post by Alison England, middle school science teacher from St. George School in Tenants Harbor.
With help from the Vital Signs Freshwater Mini-grant, St George School students are following leads in our community mystery of why alewives are not returning to our marsh following several years of restocking and the brief "appearance" of a small group of alewives coming into our marsh two years ago.

Check out these Field Missions for Spring 2018


After a long and snowy winter, we know that school years will be going late here in Maine-- what a great opportunity to try out a field mission! Here are some of our new missions:

Investigating Macros with Students in the 5th Grade


Guest blog post by Alanna Doughty, educator, Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton. This project is supported by the Vital Signs Freshwater Mini-grant.

I am an environmental educator outside of the school, working with lots of different classes. This year I embarked on a macroinvertebrate and water quality analysis with 5th graders.

Loranger Memorial School 6th grade Science Investigation- Is the Goosefare Brook a healthy ecosystem?


Guest blog post by Laura Seaver-Maley, Loranger Memorial School, Old Orchard Beach

Our investigation revolved around the question, “Is Goosefare Brook a healthy ecosystem?”

Fall 2017 Field Season in Review


The Fall 2017 field season was a season of diving deeper for the Vital Signs Community. Citizen scientists from all across the state and into NH gathered and shared meaningful, environmental data.

Fieldwork Management Strategies and Teacher Tips

Veteran Vital Signs teacher, Kellie Oullette shares her strategies for maximizing learning during fieldwork in a recent email conversation:

Q: How do you find enough time get out into the field in one class period?

I can get students to do their field work in one class period after they've been through the process once. They need to truly understand what their responsibilities are in the field, which some of them don't totally "get" until they've done it once and realized that they were lacking detail/information.

Regional Middle School Teacher Communities with Vital Signs

The Vital Signs Team is working with middle school educators from across the state who are excited about bringing more authentic science investigations into their classrooms. These regional teacher communities (RTCs) are focused on building community in rural teacher communities, enhancing teacher practice, and increasing student interest and success in science.

Hot Topic! New England Cottontail


Many of you may be familiar with the New England Cottontail from a past Hot Topic! we posted here a little over a year ago now. Didn't see that post? Check it out HERE.

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