Students participating in Skowhegan Area Middle School's after school program recently took part in their first Vital Signs data collection expedition alongside students and faculty from Colby College and an educator from Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. They were excited to be outside with their friends making careful observations about species and habitats in their own community to share at www.vitalsignsme.org.
Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Maine Congress of Lake Associations, and Colby College are collaborating to engage community members in science, including studying the impact of invasive species on habitats in the Belgrade Lakes region. The partnership is one of many efforts to extend GMRI's Vital Signs program beyond the school day.
Colby College student Ruthie Hawley reflected: "We're taking middle school kids out into the live and thriving environment that is the Belgrade Lakes. I want to help them connect with nature while at the same time prevent more invasive species from spreading into the ponds."