The mission of the Friends of Sears Island (FOSI) is to support permanent protection of Sears Island's environmental and cultural resources; preserve its marine, shoreland, and forest ecosystems; and encourage educational and low-impact recreational uses of the island.
In 2009, when then Governor John Baldacci signed into law the Conservation Easement on 601 acres, FOSI agreed to assume the role of volunteer stewards, in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, holder of the easement.
Walks and Hikes
All events are FREE. If you plan on attending an event, please RSVP:
Contact Aleta at email@example.com , call (855) 884-2284 or use the contact form. You may also simply show up, but be aware that group size is limited for most events.
Meet at the gate at the end of the causeway at the starting time. Bring water and dress appropriately for the weather and coastal hiking conditions. No pets are allowed on guided walks.
August 9 Explore coastal Maine geology 11 - 12 Lecture, 1:30 - 3 Field Hike
With Dr. Stephen Norton, co-sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Continue reading
August 22 Family-oriented nature walk 1 - 3
Enjoy a varied and entertaining walk to explore nature on the island with expert naturalist Todd Miller. This event will be suitable for all ages.
September 25 Learn about fungi and their biology 1 - 3
With Dr. David Porter. Co-sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
October 19 Explore moss and lichen 10 - 12
With naturalist Cloe Chunn; liverworts will also be covered. Co-sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
A variety of opportunities are available, for more information: Continue reading
During the summer, most of our organizational activities will be in working groups meeting periodically, and we will be communicating by e-mail; General Meetings are held as one or more telephone conferences, on dates TBA here. Contact Marietta for information, 548-0142.
Blue Hill 30 miles
Rockland 35 miles
Augusta 55 miles
Portland 110 miles
Boston 220 miles
Walking on Sears Island
There are many places to walk on Sears Island; the island is 2 miles north to south; maintained trails are marked *; mileages on trails are approximate.
Shoreline Trail – about 5 mi. around; some places are impassable when the tide is in because of steep banks, so please consider the tide before you start;
Jetty Road – about 1.5 mi., most of which is paved; for a lovely view down the bay walk up the rise on the left at the end of the road, to a space next to some birches;
Tower Road – the gravel road that branches left off the paved road – about 2 mi. from the gate to the tower now used by cell phone companies; from the tower it’s about 300 yds. to a high bank at the shore, this path is overgrown;
*Homestead Trail – about 0.67 mi., begins at the apple tree on the northeast end of the island and comes out to the Tower Road; just before a field look to the left for remains of the cellar of the old farmhouse;
*Loop Trail – about 0.4 mi., begins and ends at the Tower Rd., branches arching overhead are charming in winter snow and peaceful any time of year;
*Blue Trail – about 0.35 mi., begins beyond Loop Trail off Tower Rd. and leads to a beach with views to east and a nice spot for lunch;
*Green Trail – accessed from the Jetty Rd. and leads about 0.6 mi. west, across a stream to the west shore; you can walk back to the gate along the shore at half tide or lower.
* - maintained by FOSI
Enjoy the trails at your own risk.
Please follow these guidelines so others may enjoy them too:
No fires are allowed on the island. "Carry in/Carry out" and leave no waste on the island.
If you are walking with your dog(s) please use baggies for their waste and place the baggies in the waste barrel.
Note: Hunting is permitted on Sears Island during the "open" seasons – please be mindful of this.
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