GIVING to the Francis Malcolm Science Center

The Francis Malcolm Science Center is a nonprofit organization that offers
a unique place for year-round explorations in life and physical
with a focus on astronomy and the natural environment.

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for considering a gift to the Science Center

Your generosity creates opportunities for many great things to happen:
    • Keep the doors open to the Science Center as a place of wonder, discovery, and exploration 
    • Sustain hands-on public educational programs for children and learners of all ages
    • Maintain and enhance our outdoor nature classroom and trails 
FMSC is a Maine public 501(c)3 nonprofit. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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A note from Elizabeth Arata Orser, a FMSC supporter who started a GoFundMe page

Earth, Space, and Kids at the Science Center

My goal is to make sure that kids in northern Maine can continue learning about space and nature science at the Francis Malcolm Science Center. I’m a retired teacher and know first hand that young people learn better with hands-on, practical, and creative programs. And that’s what the Science Center does really well.  It’s wonderful to hear comments from teachers and children in their own words:

The Science Center’s hands-on experience is
“priceless, and can’t be duplicated in a classroom at school,” says Stacy Michaud, a Grade 2 teacher from Caribou Community School. “We’re lucky to have access to such a resource for alternative learning.”

Genevieve, a Grade 6 student from Presque Isle Middle School, shares her excitement, I learned that you just have to take a minute to realize how cool  or wonderful the forest is and nature in general.    

And Liam in Grade 2 from Caribou, shares what he found interesting about bird adaptation, “How they you’s ther beck to eat bug’s.” 

Or what Hudson, a Grade 6 student in Presque Isle says what he found interesting on a hike on the Science Center’s trails, “ …. the White Pine and Red  Pine have a different number of needles in a bunch. White pine has 5, and the Red Pine has 2.” Hudson wonders, “how many different trees there  are.” 


It’s really important to me that children can explore, wonder, and discover with hands-on science learning – that’s exactly what they get at the Science Center. With a volunteer board and one part-time staff person, it’s a constant challenge to raise funds needed to sustain the Science Center. With your donation, you’ll be supporting the next generation of space and nature scientists, enthusiasts, and advocates!

Thank you very much,

Elizabeth Arata Orser

Here’s a bit of what the Science Center offers:

Space Science and Astronomy The Science Center is home to the nation’s northeastern-most Planetarium Theatre where everyone can enjoy a 3D view under the 24-foot dome of programs such as galactic astronomy, dark matter, and achievements in space exploration. An exciting new addition is the Observatory, home to the “Goliath” telescope with a retractable roof to view the night sky. Its construction was led by a Boy Scout, many volunteers, and generous support of local businesses. 

Nature and Environmental ScienceThe Science Center’s 140-acre Outdoor Nature Classroom of mixed forest and northern peatland flat bog is abundant with wildlife, local plants, and flowers. In all seasons, people enjoy over 3-miles of trails for exploring, hiking, and snowshoeing, learning about ecosystems, or reading picture books with Tale on a Trail, like Have You Heard of the Nesting Bird?  by Rita Gray. They’re even developing a Black Spruce Bog Walk! The Center’s Indoor Nature Classroom offers hands-on discovery of environmental and physical science, including rocks and minerals, sealife, birds, and fossils.