S.E.A. offers this list of resources, and welcomes contribution of sources you have found valuable.


* Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Has many Community Science programs designed for Middle School Students. My classes have participated in the Intertidal Crab program for 2 years. GRMI offers professional development workshops on their programs multiple times a year. They provide mileage reimbursement and pay for sub coverage. Website:

* GMRI Nature Note

I have not officially used this resource with my students but I hope to be able to at some point. Here is the GMRI description: A Nature Note is a detailed description of an interesting or noteworthy observation from the field. Nature Notes are short, specific to a time and place, and grounded in background information. The most exciting Nature Notes add to existing scientific knowledge and/or raise interesting questions for further investigation. This resource supports students in making producing Nature Notes for submission to Findings from the Field.

* Journey North: offers a number of Community Science programs. I have used the Tulip Test Gardens and the Sunlight & Seasons resources. But there are a number of other projects that could be used with a wide range of grades. 

* Bigelow Lab:

Last summer I attended the one-week professional development for middle & high school teachers. It is free and includes housing and meals. Teachers also receive a kit of equipment to keep. 

Jill Feeney

Middle School Science Teacher

Lincolnville Central School 


Earning a Pollinator Garden Certificate

Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

The Maine Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is designed to teach Maine’s youth (ages 8-19) about the fundamentals of wildlife management.

Maine WHEP is modeled after and participates in the national WHEP program, which is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior level (ages 8-19) youth in the United States.

Today’s students are our future land stewards. Students in WHEP have a greater understanding of the value of land and how it can be managed to benefit many wildlife and fish species. When they join the work force, former WHEP participants can apply their WHEP skills and knowledge to create better habitat for wildlife and fish, no matter what professional field they have chosen.

Studying a science-based manual, participants learn

  • wildlife terms and concepts
  • about wildlife habitat
  • how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • about wildlife habitat management practices
  • about wildlife damage management

Additional benefits come from the development of leadership capabilities, meeting other youth interested in wildlife, and interacting with wildlife professionals from across the state.

The Maine WHEP Facebook Page provides educational resources such as tips for preparing for contests, links to coaching and training aids, photos, videos, and more. We plan to hold periodic workshops, mock contests, and will also be hosting the 2018 National WHEP Contest.

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