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Cattail Sun Hats


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 17, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Cattails (genus Typha) are wetland plants with a unique flowering spike, and flat leaves that reach heights of 3 to 10 feet. They are one of the most common plants in large marshes and on the edge of ponds. Two species are most common in US: broad leaved cattail (T. latifolia) and narrow leaf cattail (T. angustifolia). Cattails are a wonderful plant: beautiful, edible in several forms, and excellent for weaving. Euell Gibbons famously referred to cattails as "the supermarket of the swamp." Cattail leaves can be used for baskets, cordage, sleeping mats, and much more. Learn to identify, gather regeneratively, process, store and weave with cattails. We'll use cattails to weave a sun hat that will be lightweight, comfortable, and a beautiful work of art. You may want to pack a lunch for yourself to eat.

Summer Science Camp: Junior Engineers Lab!


with Mad Science of Maine

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 19, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Put on your hard hat for this exciting week of Engineering Science. We’ll get wacky with aerodynamics, crazy with circuitry, radical with rockets, innovative with inventions, and mad with machines! In this thought provoking week, we will span the fields of Chemical, Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. We start out the week exploring structures and learning about the role that the movement of air plays on simple flying devices. Children will spend a day learning the fundamentals of rocketry where they will build their own Aerospace rocket to take home. Children will use their construction skills by assembling and controlling fun machines like pulleys, levers, and catapults, and even robots! They finish out the week by experimenting with chemical engineering and inventing potential work-saving inventions of their own. Who knows, your child may be the next Edison! Please note: Camp is for ages 6-12 y/o.

Summer Animation Camp!


with Andrew Edwards

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 19, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Come join us for a week of Animation! Bring your imagination to life with traditional frame by frame animation alongside cutting edge digital animation software. Learn from professional new media artist and educator Andrew Elijah Edwards and create your own custom animation project from start to finish while playing with the artform. Discover and explore the fundamental concepts behind professional animation techniques and explore the medium of moving image in this week long adventure!! ***Ages 13-17.

Summer Art Camp: Art Around the World!


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 19, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

A loose theme of "Art Around the World" will be incorporated into this weeklong art camp. Not every project will be structured this way, but we’ll touch on the art of Egypt, Greece, Australia, England, Japan, China, and the U.S. It will still be a deep dive into art, but several of the projects will provide an opportunity to look at the incredible artwork of these cultures for inspiration. So when it makes sense, we will. During the week we’ll work from observation, imagination, and consider how dreams might come into our art pieces. No worries if you haven't had art for awhile, come join us for some art making fun! ***Ages 11-14.

Baxter State Park Camping Trip
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Baxter State Park Camping Trip


with Chris Toy

Calendar Next session starts Aug 23, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

This trip is a great introduction to Baxter State Park. Join up to 8 adventurers to experience one of Baxter State Parks several campgrounds. We'll do some hiking, swimming, boating, cooking, and just enjoying Maine's largest wilderness. Bring your camp chairs and cameras! *Payable by check only. Call to register.

Classical Greece Discovery


with Collette Travel

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 31, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. This comprehensive journey explores Greece's most important ancient monuments, like the famed Temple of Zeus, the archaeological site of Olympia, and ancient artifacts of Delphi. Explore Athens on a comprehensive tour of the incredible Acropolis. Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced. Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Metéora, Delphi, and Olympia. This well-paced journey balances expeditions to Greece’s important historic sites with ample time to explore on your own. Trip includes: 11 Days & 16 Meals.

Travel Dates: November 5 -15, 2024. *Register with Merrymeeting for more information. ***This trip is not FREE. The information is FREE.

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights


with Collette Travel

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 31, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Experience the “land of fire and ice” and chase the aurora borealis across an ethereal wonderland. In the dark of the night, search for the northern lights as you drift along on an evening starlit cruise. Travel the “Golden Circle,” home to renowned natural wonders, and spend time at Thingvellir National Park, gaze at Gullfoss waterfall, and see the explosive geothermal fields at Geysir. Explore Skógar Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. Spend your days surrounded by natural wonders and your nights in search of the elusive dancing lights. Trip includes: 7 Days & 11 Meals.

Travel Dates: March 2 - 8, 2025. *Register with Merrymeeting for more information. ***This trip is not FREE. The information is FREE.

Tropical Costa Rica


with Collette Travel

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 31, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

The perfect family getaway! Lush forests and stunning waterfalls… rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines… Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Enjoy the tranquil views of Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore part of the 20,000-acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights at Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more. Trip includes: 9 Days & 14 Meals.

*Register with Merrymeeting for more information. Travel dates: February 14 - 22, 2025. ***This trip is not FREE. The information is FREE.

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