Perspectives After School

In Partnership with PIE

Perspectives After School (PAS) is a weekly enrichment program for elementary students at the Vinalhaven School. It offers a wide range of experiential learning activities that are hands-on, creative, and fun.

Perspectives serves two age groups, Grades K to 2 and Grades 3 to 5, that each meet one afternoon a week for 32 weeks during the school year.

Offering a balance of place-based learning activities in fields such as nature and the environment, creating with the arts, healthy living, community service, technology, and problem solving, Perspectives enables children to try new things, build new skills, and meet new people, all while having fun.

Sponsored through a partnership between Vinalhaven Land Trust (VLT) and Partners in Island Education (PIE), Perspectives is run by a team of educators who collaborate to design activities and recruit community volunteers to share their own interests and expertise. The Vinalhaven School enthusiastically supports Perspectives, providing it with a home in the school and healthy snacks every week.

In past sessions, students have studied the winter sky, learned about ice, tracked animals through the snow, made sushi and learned about the science of bread making, practiced yoga, deconstructed household machines, bound their own books, learned about composting, and sorted redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Vinalhaven Eldercare Services. Perspectives will continue to offer such diverse and constructive activities throughout the school year.

VLT is excited to help bring these opportunities to our school children, opportunities that help them broaden their perspectives and gain an appreciation for their community—the land, the wild creatures, the people—and their place within it.

Current Programs

Session 3:

  • Library Trip
  • Solstice Masks
  • Gifts for the Birds
  • Yoga with Daniele

Session 4:

  • Puzzle Pallooza
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Science Fair
  • Animal Tracking

Session 5:  

  • Heart Healthy Valentines
  • Magic Mandalas
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Treasure Hunt

Session 6:

  • Board Games
  • Mindful Spring Walk   
  • Sunflower Planting
  • Lane's Island Clean-up

Session 7

  • Outdoor Games
  • May Baskets
  • Eldercare Gardening
  • Public Library Storytime

Session 8

  • Gardening at Eldercare
  • End of Year Mural
  • Outside with Kirk
  • Fairy Houses

Support These Programs

2018/2019 Perspectives After School



In December, PAS took a trip to the library, made solstice masks, learned some yoga poses with yoga instructor Danielle Poole, and made gifts for the birds.  



In January, we had fun making puzzles,  music teacher Mr. Trevaskis helped us make some noise, we had a science fair with science teacher Ms. Cohn, and Kirk G. brought in some cool animal bones and brought us into the woods to check out the animal tracks.



In February, we made heart-healthy valentines with Holly, we learned about getting balanced and made our own mandalas, and we took a field trip to the Conlan's for maple sugaring!   



In March, we went on a fun treasure hunt and played some board games and cards. We had two weeks off for vacation, hopefully everyone had a relaxing time off from school!



In April, we will take a mindful walk at Kelwick Farm, plant sunflower seeds, and honor Earth Day by going to Lane's Island for a beach clean-up. Spring is finally here!



 In May, we will be making baskets with Patti Burgess, visit residents at Eldercare and help out with some gardening, visit the library, and make a mural of our adventures during this past year. 

Our last two weeks in June will be a couple of fun outdoor activities to close out the year. We will explore the woods with Kirk Gentalen, looking for signs of habitats, and early summer plants. Our annual fairy house build will be our last day of the year. A great way to send us into summer!

Become a Member


Vinalhaven Land Trust promotes the conservation and appreciation of our island's significant plant and wildlife habitat, our water resources, and scenic or traditionally valued spaces in order to preserve the character of the community for generations to come.

Click on the Donate Now button to pay your new or renewal membership ($20 for individuals, $40 per couple), or to make an additional donation. 


Click here for membership forms.


Contact Us

Stop by and see us!

When the flag is up, visitors are welcome in the office to peruse the many maps of island ecology and visit the Al and Hilary Creighton Resource Room. Located at Skoog Park, .2 miles from the ferry terminal.

Vinalhaven Land Trust

12 Skoog Park Rd, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863, United States

Mailing address: Vinalhaven Land Trust P.O. Box 268 VInalhaven, ME 04863 (207) 863-2543


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