Summer 2019 Programs for Kids

Low Tide Exploration


July 6, Saturday, 9 a.m.

Lane's Island

Science teacher Amy Palmer will lead a low tide exploration on Lane's Island. Come get mucky and wet while finding critters in tide pools. Wear water shoes and shorts.  Fun for all ages. Free!

Island Explorers


  • Session 1: July 16–18
  • Session 2: July 23–25
  • Session 3: July 30–Aug. 1

VLT’s popular day camp will be back again. Camp runs from 9–12, Tuesday through Thursday. This year, all three camps will be for students entering K–2. Come explore VInalhaven with us this summer! For more information, click here and please email Sarah at: 

Butterfly Talk and Walk


July 15, Monday, 7 p.m. at VH Town Office

July 16, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m, Skoog Park

On Monday, Andy Brand will talk about butterflies and their hostplants. Andy is the curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Lots of colorful slides! Good for ages 8 and up. $5 suggested donation.

On Tuesday, Andy will take us to a VLT preserve to look for butterflies. He will discuss the diversity of butterflies that call Maine home. Andy will provide details about nectar plants for adult butterflies and their hostplants (plants they lay eggs on) the caterpillars feed on. Free!

Building Fairy Houses


August 14, Wednesday, 9 a.m. 

Meet at Skoog Park

Join Heather White and Colleen Conlan and get creative in the woods. Stretch your imagination and roll up your sleeves, we're building fairy houses on the Granite Island trail. Do you love being outside, playing in the woods?  Do you believe in fairies, even just a little?  Come be part of it! Best for children 7–10 years old and anyone young at heart. Trail walking in woods, get dirty building fairy houses on the ground. Meet at Skoog Park to carpool to Granite Island Preserve. Free!  

Hurricane Island Trip


August 8, Thursday, 8:15 a.m.  

Ferry Dock

 Take a boat ride to Hurricane Island, former granite quarrying town, now gone. Explore the former town site and learn about its history, hike around the island, and take part in a presentation by the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership about their programs in science and education. Uneven Terrain. Children under 12 must bring a life jacket. Bring your own water bottles. Please do not park at the ferry terminal, park at the town wharf or the VLT parking lot. $10 donation requested to support VLT  

Card-Making Workshop


August 23, Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Vinalhaven Town Office

Beth Gilford will teach adults and kids how to make greeting cards using pressed wildflowers. Participants  will make two gift cards using pressed flowers, all materials will be provided. Free!


Island Explorers

Summer Camp

VLT's popular day camp is back for its sixth summer!  Island Explorers is offering three sessions of daily hands-on learning adventures for those entering grades K–2.   These sessions will be packed with nature exploration, farms and gardens, Vinalhaven history and having fun with friends old and new!  Camp will be held Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the following weeks:

  • July 16–18: Island Ecosystems
  • July 23–25: Farms and Gardens
  • July 30–Aug. 1: Island History

Cost is $50 per session for Vinalhaven School students, and $90 for others

Learn More

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For more information contact Sarah at

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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.

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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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