Donate to the Observatory


Every year the Observatory needs to raise thousands of dollars to continue to study and conserve Maine species.

The data obtained from our work provides crucial information needed for the effective conservation of Maine plants, animals, and habitats.

There has never been a better time to support natural history research.

When you donate to the Observatory, you are supporting the legacy of natural history research and education in Maine.


Help us fund our highest priority project:

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We’re collating rare and historic data needed to inform scientific research and policy decisions. Without your support, many seaweed species may disappear from the coast of Maine.  Help make the Seaweeds of Maine field guide a reality by donating today!



Other ways to donate


Send a check

You can send a check made payable to the 'Maine Natural History Observatory' to 317 Guzzle Rd, Gouldsboro, ME 04607.  Please include your email address if possible. 


Consider a planned gift to the Observatory

Making a bequest or planned gift to the Observatory ensures your commitment to sustainability will be continued and helps leave behind a better world for future generations. 


Leverage your employer’s matching gift program

Ask your human resources representative if this is an option for you.


Donate equipement

We are looking for a few items to help us in our research. If you have any of these items that you would be willing to donate to the Observatory, please contact us (

  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens to fit on our EOS T3i camera body
  • Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens to fit on our EOS T3i camera body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens to fit on our EOS T3i camera body
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens to fit on our EOS T3i camera body
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone
  • Bluewater capable sailboat for our 4-season research along the Maine coast - something like the Nor'Sea 27, Shannon 28, Allied Seawind 30 or 32, Pacific Seacraft 27 or 31, or the Southern Cross 28.
  • Epropulsion Spirit electric outboard for our Drascombe Longboat