Color + Light

June 24 – June 28
5-Day Session: $275 Resident / $350 Non-Resident

Color is a collaboration—a collaboration, Paul Cezanne says, of the mind and world. Spend the week in this collaboration and saturate yourself in the world of vivid color all around us. Draw and paint from found pigments, dye with plants, experiment with light waves, use the sun to make prints, and make cyanometers. Explore the spectrum and the island alike as we illuminate studies in color. Reflect on what we see outside and, more importantly, what is inspired within.

Wilderness Voices

July 1 – July 12 [*There will be no SFS on the 4th of July]
2-Week Session with one overnight: $450 Resident / $530 Non-Resident

“I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on.”
—Mardy Murie
The drive to protect our natural world has inspired artists, writers, poets, and activists to celebrate and stand up for wild places. The formation of Acadia National Park, the modern land trust movement, and Roxanne Quimby’s work to conserve parts of the North Maine woods have all shaped the conserved landscape of Maine. Learn from the ideas and writings of a diverse set of wildernesses advocates—especially focusing on those voices that don’t get aired in the forefront— while immersing yourself in the wilds.

*This session will include a one-night camping trip on July 11th.


July 15 – July 18
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 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.


July 22 – August 1
2-Week Session with 4-day/3-night overnight trip: $480 Resident / $560 Non-Resident

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 trip (3 nights) from July 29th to August 1st.

Downeast Lakes & Ponds

August 5 – August 15
2-Week Session with 4-day/3-night overnight trip: $480 Resident / $560 Non-Resident

A Summer Field Studies classic!
With names like Tunk, Toddy, Nicatous, Donnell, Spectale, Grand, Abamagamock, Molasses, Alligator, Narraguages, 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 12th –August 15th.