2022 Signs of the Seasons Trainings

NOTE: We are still scheduling trainings for this season, so please check back for updates as we add more dates to the calendar!

May 2: In-Person Training
Monday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Boothbay, Maine

Co-hosted with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is once again teaming up with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension to offer in-person volunteer training for the Signs of the Seasons program. Participants will learn about the goals of the program, learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, practice making phenology observations on the grounds of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and leave with the tools and knowledge needed to set up their own site to observe and record changes in phenology in their own yard or community. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Beth Bisson, at beth.bisson@maine.edu.

Training Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (in the Bosarge Family Education Center), 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537 (Directions: + Google Map)

Event Has Passed: Registration Closed


May 4: In-Person Training
Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 –2:30 p.m., Wells, Maine

Co-hosted with the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and Maine Sea Grant staff will offer in-person volunteer training for the Signs of the Seasons program at Wells NERR. Participants will learn about the goals of the program, learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, practice making phenology observations on the grounds of Wells NERR, and leave with the tools and knowledge needed to set up their own site to observe and record changes in phenology in their own yard or community. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Beth Bisson, at beth.bisson@maine.edu.

Training Location: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME 04090 (Directions: + Google Map)

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May 13: Virtual Lunch and Learn – Rockweed Phenology Research Webinar
Friday, May 13, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., via Zoom

Co-hosted with our partner scientists:

  • Jessica Muhlin, Professor of Marine Biology, Maine Maritime Academy
  • Hannah Webber, Marine Ecology Program Director, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

This webinar will be an opportunity to learn about the function and importance of rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum, a common species of intertidal seaweed) in North Atlantic coastal ecosystems, and the ways scientists in Maine are using Signs of the Seasons phenology observations to advance their research. Please register at the link below to receive the Zoom connection information. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Beth Bisson, at beth.bisson@maine.edu.

Event Has Passed: Registration Closed


To Learn Virtually or Refresh Your Skills: Watch our Recorded Training Series Online!

This 3-part webinar series provides the information typically provided in our in-person or virtual training workshops, including the importance of studying phenology in a changing climate, the relevance of indicator species to New England, and instructions for how to set up a site and start observing. Each session is less than one hour, and the three sessions build upon one another, so we recommend watching all three in order.

View the recordings

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Bisson at 207.832.0343 or beth.bisson@maine.edu.


Recorded Trainings

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3