There will be no FOSI board member in August. Next meeting will be Monday, September 11th.
We had a wonder-filled Kids Week on Sears Island! We were able to offer these experiences free to local children thanks to a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. During the first day, children created art on the beach by using sunprint paper to make prints of found items, rock and driftwood sculptures, and crafted paintbrushes from natural materials. On the second day we learned about animal adaptations and habitats by playing educational games and exploring the beach, forest, and milkweed field with magnifying glasses and field guides on hand. We also did an interesting activity to learn about non-point source pollution and how our water can become polluted over time, and discussed what stewardship means. On the last day, children learned map reading skills, worked as a group to find buried treasure, designed maps to create scavenger hunts for each other, and learned to use a GPS to find geocaches stashed in interesting spots around the island. A fun time was had by all! Thank you to the families that participated.
Friends of Sears Island invites you to join us for a fundraising dinner at Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in Belfast, Wednesday, August 30th , from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, and Ocean’s Edge will graciously donate 10% of your tab to Friends of Sears Island to support conservation and education programs. Please note, when you arrive at the restaurant, you must tell your server you are there to support Friends of Sears Island. This is a great opportunity to support both a local business and a local nonprofit!
Ocean’s Edge Restaurant is located at the Fireside Inn & Suites at 159 Searsport Avenue in Belfast. More information about the restaurant can be found at https://www.facebook.com/oceansedgerestaurant or http://www.belfastmainehotel.com/belfast-maine- restaurant, and reservations can be made by calling 207-338- 2646. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org.
Thank you to the group of Pen Bay Steward alums who recently spent a day volunteering their time to clean-up the beaches around Sears Island. Jane Earley, Marge Stickler, Sarah Bennett, John Beal, and Pat Gladding, we truly appreciate your efforts!
Nature Walk on Sears Island
Saturday, July 22nd from 10am-12pm
Friends of Sears Island will be hosting a nature walk titled “Common Medicinal Plants for the Family Medicine Cabinet” on Saturday, July 22nd from 10am-12pm. The program will be led by clinical herbalists Steve Byers and Gretchen Heilman Piper. Explore Sears Island and learn about the incredible variety of medicinal trees, shrubs, and plants on Sears island including native and invasive species. Dosage, time of harvest, and proper identification will be discussed, as well as plant conservation and sustainable harvest.
This event is free and open to the public, and children are welcome and included. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 10am. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in the woods and on the beach, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks. In the event of steady rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call Ashley at 207-975-3878.
Friends of Sears Island (FOSI) recently received a $1457 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to expand educational programs on the island. It was made from the Waldo County Fund and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund. This grant will enable FOSI to offer a summer workshop series for children ages 4-10 and their families, which will include creating outdoor art, exploring animal habitats, caring for the environment, map making, and geocaching. In addition, FOSI is planning to host some winter workshops and begin adding at least one wellness program, like yoga or tai chi, per season to the events line-up. The 601-acre conservation area on the island is an ideal location for low-impact outdoor recreation, and FOSI hopes to encourage more people to visit the island for both education and exercise and to become involved in their programs.
FOSI was founded in 2006 with a mission to support the permanent protection of Sears Island’s environmental and cultural resources; preserve its marine, shoreline, and forest ecosystems; and encourage educational and low-impact recreational uses of the island. Friends of Sears Island has been designated the official land manager of the conservation area on the island. For more information about upcoming programs on Sears Island, please visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call Ashley at (207) 975-3878.
With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org