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Fifth and Sixth Grade

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Vernal Pool School

summer programsDependent on spring rains and dry summers, vernal pools are a sanctuary for many types of species. Go ankle deep into these ephemeral habits to see developing amphibians and macroinvertebrates up close and discover how these pools help stitch our landscape together. Find tadpoles, tiny spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp that grow through the spring--safe from hungry fish—and mature just as the pools dry up.  Grab your field journal, some boots, and bring a keen sense of adventure as we seek out these hidden pools teeming with life.

June 23 – June 27
5-Day Session: $240 Local / $275 Non-Local

Places Of The Past

Let’s go back in time as we ramble around places of the past. Stand in the old foundations of homes and hotels that once stood and imagine the grandeur of MDI long ago. Follow historical trails on outdated maps, visit old cemeteries, and with the help of island historical societies, piece together how we might live differently or similarly to the people who came before us. Trace clues of a railroad that once traveled up and down Cadillac Mountain and unravel mysteries on Bar Island. Enjoy games, painting, and swimming along the way!

June 30 – July 11
2-Week Session: $400 Local / $430 Non-Local


Find inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. Create sculptures from found objects, mold clay that we find along streambeds, dye fabric with plant pigments, and weave from nature’s fibers. Press seaweed, draw nature illustrations, and create outdoor, group installation art. The week is complete with swimming, hiking and games as well!

July 14 – July 17
4-Day Session: $200 Local / $235 Non-Local

The Sea Around Us

Search the tide pools for urchins and crabs, dig in the mud to find clams, taste salty seaweed, observe seabirds, and study marine mammals as you explore the ocean environment from the deep sea, to the shoreline intertidal. Learn some oceanography, estuarine ecology, talk to local biologists, make sea art, and play games too!

July 21 – July 31
2-Week Session: $400 Local / $430 Non-Local

Woods & Wetlands

Venture into the bogs, marshes, and estuaries of the island, and learn why these ecosystems are unique homes to rare plants and animals. Discover carnivorous plants, wildflowers, fish and aquatic birds. Hike through old growth woods, press leaves, and make a tasty tea. Learn to identify species and make practical use of native wetland materials. Bring your nets, nature journals, and a sense of adventure as we explore the woods and wetlands of MDI!

August 4 – August 8
5-Day Session: $240 Local / $275 Non-Local

The New Champlain Society

Gather your friends, set up a base camp, and relive one of the first conservation group efforts on MDI (beginning in1880). Hike up mountains and wade into marshes to survey the flora and fauna of the island and make a geological map. Throughout the week, keep record of the brilliant creatures and plants you encountered with journals, guides, paintings, and photos. Play lots of games, make crafts, and go swimming too!

August 11 – August 14
4-Day Session: $200 Local / $235 Non-Local


Please let us know how we can help you prepare for the summer sessions.

207-288-5015, ext #5840

Meet this year's 2014 Staff Members


Choose your summer adventure and register online here!