Learn about our Natural World with Explore Outdoors!  

 Downeast Audubon’s Explore Outdoors (EO) program is happy to serve schools, classes, after-school groups, libraries, and other local organizations in Hancock County. The EO program aims to teach youth about the importance of a healthy environment and inspire children about the outdoors. For more information, please contact 

Summer Camp Scholarships Now Open

Every year DEA awards several scholarships to Hancock County residents interested in attending summer camp. Scholarships cover camp expenses, which include camp, food, and lodging for one or two weeks. All application materials must be received by Saturday, February 23, 2024.

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Acadia Institute for Oceanography in Seal Harbor

Each summer, we offer several scholarships to the Acadia Institute for Oceanography in Seal Harbor. The introductory session is one week long, while the intermediate and advanced sessions are two weeks long. The introductory session, for campers aged 10-12, is one week long and is focused on discovery and exploration. 

Students in the intermediate session take a natural history approach to oceanography and are introduced to laboratory methods for campers aged 12-15. The advanced students take a more analytical approach to marine science by conducting experiments, analyzing data, and writing up results.

National Audubon Society's Hog Island 

DEA sponsors one teacher to attend “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week.” at National Audubon’s Hog Island. Teachers stay on Hog Island and learn how to inspire children and adults about nature by creating inquiry-based lessons, and learn a variety of teaching methods. 

College of the Atlantic Summer Field Studies Day Camp

DEA has made available a scholarship to the Summer Field Studies Day Camp for Children at the College of the Atlantic. In this 9-week camp, participants explore, play, and learn through a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the natural world. 

Hurricane Island Summer Science Program

DEA offers a one-week scholarship to the Hurricane Island Summer Science Program in Island or Marine Ecology or a two-week scholarship to the Advanced Marine Science Program.

 All application materials must be received by Saturday, February 23, 2024


Explore Outdoors! Programs offered in Hancock County

To schedule a program for your group, please contact

DEA sponsors programs with live owls from Birdsacre. Grayson Richmond travels with his owl ambassadors to local schools and other community gatherings where they engage audiences as Grayson talks about the owls in Maine and their conservation. 




Chewonki Traveling Natural History Programs


DEA sponsors visits to local schools, libraries and other public venues by Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program. Programs range from “The Batmobile” featuring a live big brown bat to “Tidepools”, “Fur, Feathers and Feet” and “Mammals of Maine”.

Chewonki educators bring live animals and props to school groups, large and small. These interactive programs also feature artifacts and examples for students to hear, see, and touch.