Massabesic Middle School Invasive Species Forum


The Invasive Species Forum that team Aroostook of Massabesic Middle School hosted was on November 6th, 2014. It was an amazing event that occurred to not only increase awareness about invasive species, but it also attempted to get new citizen scientists signed up into Vital Signs.

Fall Field Season 2014 recap


As snow and storms move in and the days grow shorter, it’s time for team VS to look back on the fall field season! As always, fall is the busiest time of year for fieldwork and the numbers certainly support that this year.

In Memoriam: Greg Carter, devoted educator

    Maine and the Vital Signs community lost an extraordinary and devoted educator last week. Greg Carter was a wonderful teacher and colleague, not just to those that he taught with, but for us here at GMRI, too.

Mr. I Explains Vital Signs

Last spring Henry Ingwersen and his students at Wells Elementary School did Vital Signs. Then Henry and his tech integrator worked together to make this video and shared it on Vimeo. It's a great intro to Vital Signs, a great description of what it might look like in a classroom, and a great description of the impacts on students!

Winter is a fun Vital Signs season, too!

    Winter is definitely here, but Vital Signs activities continue. There are many ways to participate in Vital Signs this winter. It's a great time to dig deeper and learn more about invasive species across the state and at our borders and to share that learning with others. Check out some ways to participate this winter.

Fall 2013 - Season Recap

    Fall field seasons are the busiest time of year for Vital Signs. It's no surprise given the unpredictable winter and spring weather here in Maine. This fall was no exception, and it was busier in some ways than any past. Here's more info on Vital Signs this fall and falls past.

MSSM Educators Camp 2013 - Another awesome week!

    It was my pleasure to spend another week in Limestone at MSSM's 2013 STEM Educators Collaborative. I had an amazing time co-teaching a VS course with Pat Parent and spending time with fun, inspiring, and engaged STEM educators. I can't wait until next year. For now, here's a little bit about what we did.

Spring 2013 - A Rockin' Field Season

    The Vital Signs community had another energetic and exciting spring. Students, educators, citizen scientists, and species experts actively contributed and shared data, multimedia projects, feedback, and encouraging comments. Read all about it!

VS club in Vinalhaven - Collaborating to solve problems and engage kids outside

    Guest blog post by Amy Palmer, Vinalhaven School

    This fall and winter we started a Vital Signs club at Vinalhaven School. Our focus so far has been on the Winter Moth.

Reclaiming Mackworth

Guest post by Jamien Jacobs, Friends School of Portland, Mackworth Island

What's the problem?

    Mackworth Island, off the coast of Falmouth, is currently home to several schools, a stunning public trail around its perimeter, and miles and miles of tangled Asiatic bittersweet. Completely eradicating bittersweet on Mackworth Island would be a Herculean task, but a science teacher and students from the Friends School of Portland are working on it. Read all about it.
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