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Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and cause fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones. One way  to help manage the stress is to try to do some activities you enjoy. Gorham Rec staff have been collecting resources for families while they shelter in place and will be sharing these ideas on our website and facebook page. We have collected educational and art activities, fitness videos, and links to museums, zoos and aquariums. Our staff have been working on their own videos as well.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides free resources, lesson plans and activities for K-12

Google Arts & Culture
Explore many museums and historic sites around the world from your computer with Google Arts & Culture. To access the list of museums go to the side menu and click on Collections.

Free Online Exercise Classes. From boot camp to yoga, YMCA offers 60 free online classes for people stuck at home

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Fun stuff for kids to learn and do in Maine's great outdoors like scavenger hunts and alphabet walks. There is also this printable  Activity Guide  for Children

PBS Parents-
This is a great resource for  STEM projects, games, coloring pages and crafts.

Kids National Geographic-
A great resource to learn about many different kinds of animals and some fun ideas for science experiments. Also videos and online games. 

The Measured Mom-
Gross motor activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten to keep them active at home and printable activities for children.

Hands on As We Grow- 
Here you’ll find activities that are perfect for each age of early childhood. From the baby years on into the beginnings of grade school. Gross motor activities, fine motor activities, arts, science - lots of learning activities!

San Diego Zoo-
Lions, and tigers and bears - oh my!  Actually, there are no lion videos here, but  there are live cams of elephants, koalas, condors, giraffes and more. The zoo also has a good list of activity ideas and online games for kids . (You can find Lion videos on the Smithsonian Zoo page - see below)

Zoo Atlanta
Check out this live cam of the Pandas at the Zoo Atlanta! Staff at the Atlanta Zoo create enrichment activities to help the Pandas handle confinement. They might create a puzzle for the pandas to try to solve and mentally challenge them, or offer them novel foods, new smells, or simply something they can roll around and play with. 

Smithsonian’s National Zoo-
Do you know what a Mole-Rat is? Naked mole-rats live underground and spend their lives in large colonies with a single breeding female. Watch as the Zoo’s colony eats, sleeps and explores its habitat, which features 16 chambers and nearly 25 feet of winding tunnels to patrol. There are also live cams of Lions, Elephants and Pandas. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium- 
Experience the wonder of the ocean from home. Choose one of the 10 live cams in Monterey Bay Aquarium and be mesmerized by the hypnotic drifting moon jellies, be delighted by the antics of the sea otters. Watch divers hand-feed sharks, fishes and other animals. Also printable games and activities. 

Georgia Aquarium-
You can watch Puffins on an underwater live cam at the Georgia Aquarium! You will also find videos of pirahna, otters, whales, and other sea life. Also offers Stem Lesson plans. 

online puzzles and games
From Solitaire and Bridge to Mahjong and Daily Crossword Puzzles. Free!

Sunflower Farm has a herd of incredibly adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats, many which are expecting babies in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on them via two live goat cams installed in the barn and pasture. You may even see the birth of a kid or two! The lovely folks at Sunflower are also helping calm frayed nerves by posting Love Notes from the Goats daily on YouTube, each one ending with a quiet closing section that's meant to be used for meditation. 


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Gorham Food Pantry
The Gorham Food Pantry offers food assistance at no cost to any Gorham resident. 
PHONE  207-222-4351 Email
Located next to St. Anne's Church. Hours are Thursday mornings from 10 - 12 noon
Second and fourth Wednesday  of the month, 6 - 7 pm
211 is a comprehensive source of local social service information.
Call or text 211 to chat with a local community resource specialist.
You will find info on the Coronavirus epidemic and info to help locating resources for
food, shelter, veterans services, and other emergency information

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