Sign up now for Kids Week programs!

We are now taking registrations for Kids Week over the phone. During the first week of August we will offer three separate programs led by Ashley Megquier for children ages 4-10 and a parent or caregiver. Please note, SPACE IS LIMITED AND YOU MUST REGISTER BY CALLING 207-975-3878 to participate in any of these programs. This is to ensure we can offer a quality experience and have enough materials for each child. Families can sign up for just one or multiple programs depending on availability. See details about each of the programs below:

August 2nd, 9:30am-12pm
Art in the Outdoors: Creating in Nature

We’ll go exploring to find some natural materials to create with, and then learn how to use sunprint paper to make beautiful prints of leaves, flowers and more! We will also play games, read a story, and discover other ways to use items found in nature to create art.

August 3rd, 9:30am-12pm
Nature Rangers: Animal Habitats & Care of the Environment

Learn about the where animals live on Sears Island and how they are specially adapted to their environments. We’ll explore different types of habitats, play games, and learn ways we can all help protect the earth.

August 4th, 9:30am-12pm
Map Making, Scavenger Hunts & Geocaching

This day is all about hiding and seeking! We’ll learn about the symbols used on maps, make our own to lead each other on scavenger hunts, and then learn how to use a GPS to find a hidden geocache!

Call Ashley at 207-975-3878 to register!

Yoga on the Beach with Missy Hatch

Join Friends of Sears Island for yoga on the beach with Missy Hatch, Friday, July 28th from 10am-11:15am. Using the beach environment, Missy will engage participants in a lighthearted exploration of movement and stretching, taking advantage of whatever the natural world has to offer for support. This class is for anyone able to walk on the beach. It will be geared for adults but attentive children are also welcome. Missy Hatch has been teaching yoga since 1989, and enjoys hiking and being outside. No matter the surroundings, there are always stretches that can be done; being unconventional is the fun part.

This event is free and open to the public. 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 10:00 am. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a beach towel and water. Please no pets for this event. For more information, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, www.facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call Ashley at 207-975-3878.

Common Medicinal Plants for the Family Medicine Cabinet

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 Receives Grant to Expand Programs

Children explore a vernal pool on Sears Island.

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

Geology of Sears Island Walk with David Laing

Discover the earth history of coastal Maine during a geology walk offered by Friends of Sears Island on Friday, June 30th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. David Laing will lead a program titled “Bedrock & Surficial Geology of Sears Island & Vicinity.” He will guide participants on an investigation of glacial deposits and exposed bedrock on Sears Island and discuss how it relates to the geology of the surrounding region. David Laing is a graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard who worked as a geology consultant and professor of geology at several universities. He has also authored books on earth science and global warming, and welcomes difficult questions.

This event is free and open to the public. 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 10:00am. Please wear footwear appropriate for hiking, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks. For more information and updates about cancellations in the event of inclement weather, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call Ashley at (207) 975-3878.