Landmarks

June 25 – June 29
5-Day Session: $250 Local / $300 Non-Local

Mount Desert Island stands tall as a landmark in Eastern Maine.  Its peaks guide boats from miles around.  The same glaciers that sculpted the mountains of Acadia left smaller marks across the island.  Search out the largest boulders and jagged cliffs the rivers of ice left on our island.  Pay attention to the chatter marks, glacial polish, and long valley ponds that were left behind after glaciers—over six times taller than Cadillac mountain—ground their way into the Gulf of Maine. Look at maps and notice the landmarks that help you to know this place as your own.

The Living Sea

[This session is full— please complete the registration form in order to be put on the wait list.]
July 2 – July 13 [*There will be no SFS on the 4th of July]
2-Week Session: $400 Local / $450 Non-Local

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. Follow the tides, explore estuarine ecology, talk to local biologists, make saltwater art, and play games too!

To Market, To Market

July 16 – July 19
4-day Session: $200 Local / $250 Non-Local

To the farm we go! Get your hands dirty in the ground, harvest seasonal veggies, and meet some of the barnyard animals while getting a glimpse of our local food system through fun days spent at Beech Hill and other island farms. Enjoy demonstrations on the farm then gather with the rest of town at the farmer’s market to see it all come together. Learn about the natural history of many edible crops, play games, make vegetable art, enjoy a refreshing swim, and plant a seed of wonder this summer exploring how your food gets to your table.

Scavenger Hunt: MDI

July 23 – August 2nd
2-Week Session: $400 Local / $450 Non-Local

1. A feather 2. A pressed flower 3. Something blue 4. A paper clip 5. A limpet.. etc. Calling all collectors, scavengers, and keen observers! You are invited to go on an adventure—a scavenger hunt to be more precise. Together with your peers, your challenge will be to find as many items on the master scavenger hunt list as you can and then to see these found things with new eyes. Visit forests, farms, bogs & bays, towns & tidepools and notice the treasures each place has to offer. Record what you find while rounding out the week with swimming, games, and spontaneity.

Creek Week

August 6 – August 10
5-Day Session: $250 Local / $300 Non-Local

Northeast creek is a destination in the fall when cranberries ripen along its boggy shore.  But have you wondered where the fresh water that feeds that creek comes from?  Trace the once named King’s Creek to its sources on Stony, Mill, and Aunt Betty’s brooks.  We’ll float the meadowy main stem in canoes, visit farms in the watershed, and paddle sea kayaks through the estuary and out into Thomas Bay.  We’ll search for clams along the shore of Thomas Island and come to know our local creek from source to sea.

Open Studio

[This session is full— please complete the registration form in order to be put on the wait list.]
August 13 – August 16
4-day Session: $200 Local / $250 Non-Local

Here’s an invitation to enter the studio! Whether it’s on COA’s campus, on warm pink granite with a breeze on your cheek, or visiting the work spaces of local artists—let’s get inspired to create something beautiful. Sculpt with clay gathered from creek beds, make kites, work with fiber, make natural dyes, and weave with cattails.  Explore your own creativity while enjoying games, secret swimming holes, and relaxing with your friends.