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Special Projects

Maine Audubon educators work on a wide range of community-based projects, educational initiatives, and other ways to bring dynamic content about wildlife and habitat to the public.


Maine currently has the last remaining wild population of Atlantic Salmon in the U.S. Maine Audubon and a number of schools in Maine and Canada participate in Fish Friends, an educational rearing program overseen by the Atlantic Salmon Federation in cooperation with the region’s federal fish hatcheries and agencies. Not only do we rear salmon at two of our centers, we help hundreds of schoolchildren learn about salmon, raise and release eggs, and more. Our resources include story walks and videos.
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Nature Explorer Backpacks
Nature Explorer Backpacks

Maine Audubon Nature Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage children and families to explore the outdoors together while learning about wildlife and habitat. We offer library packs for public library patrons to borrow and use in their communities. At Gilsland Farm, families can check out backpacks for a small fee to use on-site, and at Fields Pond, classroom sets are available.
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Wildlife on the Move book covers
The Wildlife on the Move project revolves around four board books, created by Maine Audubon and Maine publisher Islandport Press. The goal of the four-book series is to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second-grade audience. Each book also has a companion teaching, and can also be created as a story walk that schools or libraries can borrow.
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Margaret Lynch, Best in Show, Maine Junior Duck Stamp 2022-23
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, multidisciplinary curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Maine Audubon has served as a coordinator of the state program for years.
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Maine Environmental Literacy Plan CoverMaine Audubon is working with Maine Environmental Education Association, the Maine Department of Education, and others to revise Maine’s Environmental Literacy Plan. This revision is critical for aligning Maine’s plan with the federal No Child Left Inside Act of 2021, especially in order for Maine students and communities to benefit from federal support for climate education, outdoor learning, and workforce development. The goals and strategies laid out in the revised plan, when implemented, will greatly advance environmental literacy resulting in increased health and wellness for Maine’s people, lands, and waters.
Visit the Maine Department of Education website to see the full plan.