What is a Maine Story? The Natural History of Maine

Natural history, according to Merriam-Webster is “the study of natural objects especially in the field from an amateur or popular point of view.” There is a long history of citizen of community scientists using observation skills to add to the general knowledge of plants, animals, and the environments in which they live. This can include the geology of an environment.

How can the library help you learn more?
How can you get involved?

One way to become more involved is to become a “Community” or “Citizen” scientist. The National Park Service has a useful definitions: “citizen science is when the public voluntarily helps conduct scientific research. Citizen scientists may design experiments, collect data, analyze results, and solve problems. In national parks, most citizen scientists collect data with tools provided by project directors. These data help professional scientists and resource managers answer scientific questions and solve important problems.”

Maine organizations and government bodies provide multiple ways to learn more: