Tide Pool Party

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

Let’s celebrate the life on the edge, between high tide and low tide, this week! Visit several cool, clear, pools to find barnacles, periwinkles, sea stars, urchins, anemones, and sea cucumbers. Pull back the rockweed to find lots of crabs and little nooks teeming with life. Taste salty algae and listen to the waves. Learn about the different zones in the intertidal and the creatures that live and adapt to each environment. Tide pool party on!

Island Safari

July 1 – July 12 [*There will be no SFS on the 4th of July]
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident

Head out into the wilds of Acadia and catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that shares our island. Seek out snapping turtles and green frogs on the pond’s edge, watch eagles and osprey on the wing, mosey through tidepools to see a colorful array of creatures, and maybe even see a tardigrade trudging through a jungle of moss. There’s life all around us. Spy on the many animals of Mount Desert Island while enjoying the habitats they frequent. Games, crafts and swimming too!

The Enchanted Forest

July 15 – July 18
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 Non-Resident
[This is session is FULL. Please complete the registration process to be on the waitlist.]

Venture into the enchanted forests with us. Pitch pine, red oak, big-toothed aspen, hackmatack? We’ll visit them all! Beneath their canopies, sift through the leaf litter and discover the miniature world of mosses, mushrooms, salamanders, roly polies, and lichen. The geology and history of MDI has left us with a diversity of forest types and trees that make them up. Learn how these special places define our home and feed the local animals and landscape.

Acadia National Waterpark

July 22 – August 1
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident
[This is session is FULL. Please complete the registration process to be on the waitlist.]

Ringed by countless miles of coast line on the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman Bay, scattered with lakes and ponds, and crossed by tumbling clear brooks; Mount Desert Island is a water wonderland.  Follow streams from tidewater to their boggy sources, slide down mountain streams, and swim with alewives and turtles in ponds across MDI and throughout ANP.  Come prepared for wet feet and great times as we explore the magic of flowing water.

Census of Senses

August 5 – August 9
5-Day Session: $275 Resident / $350 Non-Resident
[This is session is FULL. Please complete the registration process to be on the waitlist.]

Bats hear shapes. Plants eat sunlight. Snakes smell heat.  Bees dance maps.  Discover different ways of perceiving the world and try a few out for yourself. The world is full of wonders to see, hear, taste, and feel—but that’s only the half of it.  Imagine you’re a star-nosed mole digging through the dark earth or a sea star feeling for mussels with hundreds of tube feet! Appeal to all five of your senses and discover the ways that other living things sense the world around them.  Play games, make crafts, and cool off with a swim too!

Ways of the Wind

August 12 – August 15
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 Non-Resident
[This is session is FULL. Please complete the registration process to be on the waitlist.]

Take to the skies this week and learn the ways of the wind! Get a hint from the birds, insects, and winged seeds that sail on the wind’s currents and then build kites, paper airplanes, and other flyers to get a better sense of how something is able to soar. Watch peregrines stoop from their scrape sites, learn about seed dispersal, and spend some time exploring the happenings up in the atmosphere.