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23rd State (March 15, 1820), New England, The Northwest U.S.


Flag of the
State of Maine

State Abbreviation: ME

Nickname: Pine Tree State

Origin of Name: Used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands.






Maine State:

Capital: Augusta
Motto: Dirigo (I direct)
Maine State Seal
Animal: Moose
Berry: Wild Blueberry
Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee
Cat: Maine Coon Cat
Fish: Landlocked Salmon
Flower: White Pine cone and tassel
Fossil: Pertica quadrifaria
Gemstone: Tourmaline
Herb: Wintergreen
Insect: Honeybee
Song: State of Maine Song
Tree: White Pine

Maine State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Maine has 62 lighthouses. One of the most famous is Portland Head Light . In 1791, construction was completed under the orders of President George Washington.

Over 90 % of the nation's lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.

Over 11% of the nation's maple syrup comes from the state of Maine. 

Maine produces 98% of the nation's low-bush blueberries .

Almost 89% of Maine is forested. Many of the largest paper producing mills in the country are in Maine.

Major Rivers: Androscoggin River , Kennebec River , Penobscot River, St. John River

Famous Mainers

The Wyeth family has produced three generations of artists and illustrators.
N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Illustrated children's books
Andrew Wyeth (1917- ), Artist
Jamie Wyeth (1946-), Artist

Dorothea Dix (1802-1887)
Earliest and effective advocate for the better care of the mentally ill.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), Best loved of American poets

There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
 -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Other poems by Longfellow

By Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow
Age 5-9

Paul Revere's Ride

A new illustrated version of the nineteenth-century narrative poem about Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside that the British were coming.




Things to Do

Maine State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

Katahdin to the Sea
Follow Maine's aquatic environments from Katahdin to the Sea.

Wild Blueberry Recipes
Learn about Maine blueberries and choose a recipe to prepare.

Learn moose facts and hear a real moose.

Gulf of Maine Aquarium: All About Lobsters
Learn facts and info about lobsters. Includes activities and how to eat a lobster.

Penobscot Indian Fact Sheet
Information about the Penobscot Indians of Maine for students and teachers.

Color Pages

Maine Flag

Maine Mammoth

Maine Loon

Maine Harbor Seal

Maine Log Hauler

Maine Symbols Coloring Book

Things To Do-Other Sites

Moose Craft
Print the template to create a Moose.

Make Your Own Paper


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