Funded by a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation, Friends of Sears Island will pilot “Science Squad,” an after-school program involving children as citizen scientists.

In the coming year, when school is in session, FOSI will host a monthly after-school program for 12 students, ages 8 to 12, each accompanied by a parent.

The program will engage children throughout the seasons as explorers, researchers and stewards of their local environment. They will also contribute valuable data to a variety of citizen science projects, including FOSI’s database of island biodiversity.

The program will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., with a program entitled “Alien Invaders,” led by Aleta McKeage of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Children will learn to identify invasive insects and participate in games and activities to learn about these pests. Space is limited; call 975-3878 to register.

The Davis Conservation Foundation has provided considerable support to Friends of Sears Island over the years for conservation and education projects. For more information, visit davisfoundations.org/dcf/.

To learn more about Friends of Sears Island and its upcoming programs, visit friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or email outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org.