Creek Week

June 22 – June 26
5-Day Session: $275 Resident / $350 Non-Resident

Although MDI is not known for any wide rivers, there are countless streams, creeks, brooks, and rivulets that ribbon the island. Explore our beloved Northeast Creek, Marshall Brook, Harbor Brook, Stony Brook and the list goes on for a spirited week of all things—creeks! Trace the water from its source, down it’s stem, all the way through the estuary and out to sea. Paddle canoes, hike the along meandering banks, and stop for a swim in cool pristine pools.  We’ll search for clams along the salty shores and get to know our local creeks from source to sea.

The Living Sea

June 29 – July 10
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident

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!

Farm Hands

July 13 – July 16
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 Non-Resident

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. 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.

Landmarks

July 20 – July 30
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident

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.

Summer Kitchen

August 3 – August 7
5-Day Session: $275 Resident / $350 Non-Resident

Get ready for a culinary adventure as we forage for ingredients, spend time at local farms, and chef up a feast from our findings. Gather berries from mountain summits, fresh herbs from the fields, fish from the lakes, shellfish from the intertidal, and vegetables & cheese from local farms to try new recipes and old favorites! Enjoy the merriment of gathering around a shared table (or campfire) and dig in! Plenty of hiking, art-making, and games to digest!

Making

August 10 – August 13
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 Non-Resident

Find inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. Create sculptures from found objects, mold clay that we find along stream beds, 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!