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Jun - Jul 28 - 23

CMBG Summer Camp Club: Animal Kingdom (Ages 4-9)

CMBG’s Summer Camp Club is back! Starting any day the week of June 28, campers can pick-up their first week of “Animal Kingdom” camp activities exploring the relationships between the flora and fauna of Maine. A new week of activities will be made available each Monday for a total of four weeks. Activities will include secret stashes, scavenger hunts, games, experiments, art projects, recipes and more. Campers will be invited to attend small-group outdoor learning sessions with CMBG staff throughout the summer based on camp themes. Each camper will receive a special bag to keep filled with tools for investigation and discovery as well as a camp hat. Families who sign up a child for both sessions of Summer Camp Club (“Animal Kingdom” and “Minibeasts!”), will receive a 15% discount at checkout. For further essential program information before registering, click Learn More.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $80

June 29

Summer Naturalist: Forest Bathing (Ages 10-17)

"Forest bathing" is the act of using your senses to take in your surroundings while slowly moving through the woods. Enhance your happiness, creativity, and wellbeing during this easy walk that covers less than one mile in 1 hour.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Instructor: Tracey Hall

Cost: $10–12

July 6

Summer Naturalist: Medicinal Plants, Session 1 (Ages 10-17)

In this session, CMBG horticulturalist Lesley Paxson will show participants which plants in our gardens and surrounding woodlands can be used safely to treat headaches, colds, upset stomach, stress, anxiety, and so much more. Participants will learn some herbal folklore as well as how to make a flower essence.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Instructor: Lesley Paxson

Cost: $10–12

July 12

Nature Illustration Camp: Aquatic Life (Ages 7-11)

Young artists will study, explore, and compare the fresh and saltwater habitats at the Gardens. Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. By the end of the week, students will have a portfolio of drawings and paintings based on daily discoveries.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Hillary Parker

Cost: $235–295

July 15

Summer Naturalist: Marine Life | SOLD OUT

During this two-part, shore-based marine science program, participants will investigate how geology, climate, and weather change over time and how these changes impact the organisms living in the Back River and the Damariscotta River. They will perform net tows and, using secchi discs, refractometers, and other scientific equipment, gain a better understanding of the marine life that makes its home in these rivers.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / Boothbay Sea and Science Center

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Instructor: Boothbay Sea and Science Center

Cost: $30–38

July 19

Nature Illustration Camp: Aquatic Life (SOLD OUT)

Monday-Friday, July 19-July 23 | Young artists will study, explore, and compare the fresh and saltwater habitats at the Gardens. Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. By the end of the week, students will have a portfolio of drawings and paintings based on daily discoveries. For further essential program information before registering, click Learn More.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Hillary Parker

Cost: $235–295

Jul - Aug 26 - 20

CMBG Summer Camp Club: Minibeasts! (Ages 4-9)

CMBG’s Summer Camp Club is back! Starting any day the week of July 26, campers can pick-up their first week of “Minibeasts!” camp activities exploring insects and other invertebrates. A new week of activities will be made available each Monday for a total of four weeks. Activities will include secret stashes, scavenger hunts, games, experiments, art projects, recipes and more. Campers will be invited to attend small-group outdoor learning sessions with CMBG staff throughout the summer based on camp themes. Each camper will receive a special bag to keep filled with tools for investigation and discovery as well as a camp hat. Families who sign up a child for both sessions of Summer Camp Club (“Animal Kingdom” and “Minibeasts!”), will receive a 15% discount at checkout. For further essential program information before registering, click Learn More.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $80

July 26

Nature Illustration Camp: 3D Nature Art | SOLD OUT

Monday-Friday, July 26-30 | Young artists will work together to create art from nature, including botanical-, woodland-, and edible-plant mandalas, fairy houses, stone and stick sculptures, nature people, and leaf insects. Some of the work will be built in place and reclaimed by nature, and some will be created in our outdoor studio and taken home by students. For further essential program information before registering, click Learn More.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Hillary Parker

Cost: $235–295

July 29

Summer Naturalist: Dragonflies (Ages 10-17)

During this session, participants will get an up-close look at dragonflies and damselflies and learn how to tell the difference between them, as well as how to identify a few specific species within the groups. Participants will also learn about their life stages as they explore the ponds of CMBG in search of the larvae that transform into the adults we all know so well.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Instructor: Andy Brand

Cost: $10–12

August 5

Summer Naturalist: Bees (Ages 10-17)

Learn to see the world from a bee’s-eye view! During this session, Sarah Callan will teach participants how to identify common native bees. Participants will visit the Gardens’ two bee-themed exhibits and go behind the scenes at our apiary to learn about the differences between native and non-native bees.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Instructor: Sarah Callan

Cost: $10–12

August 12

Summer Naturalist: Medicinal Plants, Session 2 (Ages 10-17)

In this session, participants will explore new garden areas in search of medicinal plants with CMBG horticulturalist, Jen Dunlap. Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of medicinal plants that can be used safely to treat colds, wounds, stress, headaches, and so much more. Participants will also learn what part of the plant to harvest, how to harvest, and how to dry and prepare medicinal plants.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: Jen Dunlap

Cost: $20–25

August 19

Summer Naturalist: Caterpillar Lab Visit and Walk (Ages 10-17)

Spend time with naturalist Sam Jaffe on a special tour of The Caterpillar Lab exhibit. Hone caterpillar-identification skills and learn some of the different unique adaptations caterpillars take followed by a guided walk in the Gardens to look for caterpillars.

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Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm

Instructor: Sam Jaffe

Cost: $10–12