Fall Celebration Fun for All

A fun day was had by all at our annual Fall Celebration. Over 80 people came out to picnic, bake donuts over the fire, listen to live fiddle music, sing-along with children’s song-writer Ann Nixon, and churn (and taste!) hand-cranked pumpkin ice-cream. We can hardly wait for our next seasonal

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The Search for Benjamin’s Garden: A History Mystery

To enter the main garden at the Vaughan Homestead one must first stand with the 1794 house to one’s back, Benjamin Vaughan’s 200 year old Black Oxford apple tree to the left, and the 100 year old “sun house” gazebo to the right. Standing like this, one is faced with

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“Founding Gardeners” Talk by Andrea Wulf: October 4, 2014

Thank you to the 60 folks who came out for this talk! Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation This beautifully illustrated talk looks at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude to plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the American nation. George Washington,

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Special Visitors Have Arrived!

July 13, 2014: Citizen scientists spot monarch caterpillars in the milkweed patches in Heifer Field just beyond the dam in the Vaughan Woods. While only a few have been seem so far, this was a thrilling discovery. Learn more about how our volunteers are monitoring for this at-risk species: Signs

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Citizen Scientist Species Monitoring: Spring – Fall 2014

Homestead volunteers are now contributing to the largest ever compilation of climate research in our country’s history, right here in the Vaughan Woods! Nine volunteers, ranging in age from six to sixty-six, are serving as citizen scientists with UMaine Cooperative Extension’s “Signs of the Seasons” project this summer and fall, documenting

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Maine Conservation Corps in the Woods – July 2014

The Vaughan Homestead recently received a Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) grant for which proceeds from the sale of “Wild Bucks” instant scratch lottery tickets are used to support outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation. The Homestead is using the grant to help fund the trail work that is being

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Amphibians Awake!

Despite the late spring, two salamanders and a leopard frog were spotted on our April 19 Vernal Pools Walk with local naturalists Sue Kistenmacher and Sharon Gallant. Twenty-three people came out to explore with us! Stay tuned for our next guided nature walk in June.

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Maine Memory Network Volunteer Training A Success

Five volunteers and 4 staff gathered for a training to learn how to create an online exhibit about the Vaughan Homestead through the Maine Memory Network. This grant-funded project will enable us to enter photos and texts from our collections into Maine Memory Network’s digital database, making them accessible to the general

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Look Out Below!

February 15 marked the 3rd annual Homestead Sledding Contest. This year it was registered as an event with the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition to promote outdoor activity. The weather could not have been more perfect for a day of winter fun. The Woods

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Guided Nature Walk Series Begins

Seven adventurers braved frigid winter temps on the morning of February 8 to join naturalists Sue Kistenmacher and Jason Chandler in the Vaughan Woods for a guided winter walk. Snow conditions made it an excellent day for tracking which quickly became the focus of the morning. We are looking forward

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