Multiple options for Maine ‘Signs of the Seasons’ trainings

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will offer four free ‘Signs of the Seasons’ training options for volunteer citizen scientists around the state. 

The training options include:

  • A three part webinar series from 4–5 p.m. on March 22, 24 and 26.

  • Online training co-hosted by Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve from 3:30–5 p.m. on March 23.

  • In-person, socially-distanced training co-hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m.–noon on May 5 at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. The training is limited to 10 participants.

  • Online training co-hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from 4–5 p.m. on May 5.

Each training includes information about the importance of studying phenology in a changing climate, the relevance of indicator species to New England, and how to set up a site and start observing. Data collected by volunteers contribute to an online database hosted by the National Phenology Network. 

All trainings are free and open to the public; registration is required for each session. Register and find full details on the program website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Esperanza Stancioff,