Pond Life

June 20 – June 24
5-day Session: $285 Resident / $360 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

Pull on your boots, gather your nets, jars, & scopes, and head down to the pond. Turtles, frogs, newts, dragonflies, and water striders await there. Brave the warm muddy shores to learn about water quality, catch tadpoles, and spot snapping turtles. Tow nets from canoes to sample the microscopic community of amoebas, rotifers, insect larvae, and algae. Hiking, swimming, and games will round out the week!

Places of the Past

June 27 – July 8  [No SFS on July 4th]
9-day Session: $450 Resident / $535 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

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 Follow historical trails on outdated maps, visit old cemeteries, and with the help of island historical societies, piece together how we might live differently or similarly to the people who came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!

Glacial Erratics

July 11 – July 14
4-day Session: $230 Resident / $300 Non-resident

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.

Frenchman Bay Harvest

July 18 – July 28
9-day Session: $450 Resident / $535 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

Long before the first Basque ships came into the Gulf of Maine—drying cod and sending it back to Europe—Wabanaki people lived here and harvested food and shellfish from the bay. Their shell middens still remain while weirs, canneries, and a booming fishing community have come and gone. Yet many still make a living from the sea. Discover the bounty that our salty waters have to offer as we fish for mackerel, visit local shellfish aquaculture, pull up lobster traps, and harvest seaweed. Explore some of the conservation efforts, policy, and research happening currently to ensure the vitality of our bay.

Source to Sea

August 1 – August 5
5-day Session: $285 Resident / $360 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

Put on your boots and get ready for an adventure! This session will trace a variety of bodies of water on Mount Desert Island from their source, to where they meet the sea. Sample water quality, collect macro invertebrates, and make maps. Bring your bathing suit to enjoy the swimming holes we find along the way!

Against The Grain

August 8 – August 11
4-day Session: $230 Resident / $300 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

In a world of mass produced everything, go against the grain and make something one-of-a-kind with your own hands. Spend the week getting to know the joy of working with wood. Weave baskets, whittle a spoon, build a fire, work with simple tools, and make wood block prints. Explore the woods of MDI and managed woodlots as you learn about one of Maine’s most precious resources. Plenty of games, stories, and swimming to round out the week.