Friends of Edith Patch

Honoring the Life, Work, and Legacy of Maine’s Extraordinary Scientist and Educator


The Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch are working to:
Establish and operate the Edith Marion Patch Center for Entomology, the Environment, and Education;

Restore and maintain Patch’s historic home, Braeside, as the site for the Patch Center;

Develop and deliver scientific and educational programs reflecting Patch’s interdisciplinary approach to issues of biodiversity and sustainability;

Foster opportunities for underrepresented minorities in science, in recognition of the struggles and triumphs of Dr. Patch throughout her own career;

Publish and disseminate scholarly and popular works that reflect Patch’s commitment to science and science education.

Recent Accomplishments and
Current Activities

Commission Building Condition Assessment to determine restoration potential of Braeside (fall, 2001)

Work with the University of Maine and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to list Braeside, Patch’s historic home, on the National Register of Historic Places (winter, 2001).

Design and deliver professional development workshops in entomology for elementary school teachers in Maine (ongoing).

Develop pilot program for afterschool environmental club in Old Town (ongoing).

Prepare edited volume of Patch’s natural history writings for reissue (ongoing).

Present programs for educational and community organizations (ongoing).

Seek and obtain grant support through scientific, historic preservation, and educational organizations (ongoing).