Science Squad: After-school program for ages 8-12

Date: January 30, 2018

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Belfast Free Library

Children search for butterflies in the milkweed field on Sears Island during a monarch butterfly tagging program last fall. (Photo by Ashley Megquier)

Advance Registration is Required–See below!

Friends of Sears Island (FOSI) recently received a generous grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation to create “Science Squad,” a place-based after-school program involving children as citizen scientists. In the coming year, FOSI will host an after-school program once a month for 12 students and their parents, during each month that school is in session. This program will engage children throughout the seasons as explorers, researchers, and stewards of their local environment. They will also contribute valuable data to a variety of citizen science projects, including FOSI’s database of island biodiversity.

The program will kick off January 30th from 3:30-5:00pm at the Belfast Free Library with a program titled “Alien Invaders,” led by Aleta McKeage of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District. Children will learn to identify invasive insects and participate in games and activities to learn about these pests. This program is for children ages 8-12, accompanied by a parent. Space is limited and registration is required for this program. Call 207-975- 3878 to register.

The Davis Conservation Foundation has provided considerable support to Friends of Sears Island over the years for conservation and education projects. For more information visit:  To learn more about Friends of Sears Island and our upcoming programs, visit, or email