June 20 – June 24
5-day Session: $285 Resident / $360 Non-resident

Today about 118 miles of marked trails meander through Acadia National Park, but at its peak there were nearly 270 miles. Tie on your hiking boots and let’s search out some of these lost trails with compasses and historic maps! Climb overgrown, moss-covered granite staircases to vistas and views that are rarely seen by hikers today. Stop for a swim and learn about some of the accompanying cultural and natural history along the way.

En Plein Air

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.]

Follow in the footsteps of the Hudson River School artists and let the island inspire your creativity. Hike watercolors and easels to the edge of the sea. Paint with natural pigments, capture a moment in a photo, and sculpt with clay, wood, and seashells. Take in the vistas, stop for a swim along the way, and experience the joys of making art “in the open air.”

Field Notes

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

Advocates for wild places go beyond appreciating the wilderness for themselves—they have a knack for taking field notes to share the beauty they experience with others. Join us for a colorful week of photography, illustration, collage, creative writing, and painting, and then bind it all together in a field journal. Explore a different place everyday by hiking, swimming, biking, or paddling.


July 18 – July 28
9-day Session with overnight: $500 Resident / $585 Non-resident
[Full- please use the registration page to be added to the waitlist.]

MDI is a large island along a large coast dotted with islands. For many, our big island provides enough of a break from the main land. But to truly experience island life you must look to the dozens of smaller islands and rocky ledges that surround MDI. Some of these are home to gulls and guillemots, others make perfect sunning spots for seals, and on a few others—summer homes and the fading remains of old homesteads are the only sign that people even know they exist. By kayak, by gravel bars, and by other boats, head off shore and explore the surprising variety of small islands that orbit MDI.
Note: This session includes a 4-day overnight (3 nights) sea kayaking trip from July 25th – July 28th.

Downeast Lakes & Ponds

August 1 – August 11
9-day Session with overnight: $500 Resident / $585 Non-resident
[One spot left!]

A Summer Field Studies classic!
With names like Tunk, Toddy, Nicatous, Donnell, Spectacle, Grand, Abamgamock, Molasses, Alligator, Narraguagus, Loon, Burnt Land, and Forbes, the lakes and ponds of Downeast Maine tell a story of the region that provided transportation routes, village sites, freshwater, and fish for native peoples and early European colonists. Today this mosaic of freshwater fills a wild region of forest, blueberry barren, ledged mountains, and shallow streams in Hancock and Washington Counties. Learn camping and canoeing skills that will help you explore this region where endless adventures await.
Note: This session includes a 4-day overnight (3 nights) canoe-camping trip from August 8th – August 11th.