Have you ever wondered how animals and plants survive the harsh Maine winter? On Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., Friends of Sears Island will host a free winter survival program led by Serena Cole.

This program is designed for kids ages 6 to 12 with an accompanying adult. Families will explore the winter woods on Sears Island while learning about plant and animal adaptations to cold climates, as well as outdoor winter survival strategies for humans. At the end of the program, kids will have a chance to build a simple shelter to protect against the elements.

Serena Cole has been a biology and environmental educator for 30 years. She has led student science groups to Costa Rica, and been involved with citizen science projects at Schoodic Point Educational Research Center.

To participate, register at friendsofsearsisland.org/kids-winter-survival-registration.

This event is part of Friends of Sears Island’s “Science Squad,” a place-based after-school program involving children as scientists, explorers, and stewards of their environment. Science Squad is made possible by a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 1pm. Please wear footwear and outdoor gear appropriate for winter hiking and bring water and a snack. No pets.

In the event of inclement weather, program participants will be notified that the program is cancelled, with a back-up date of Feb. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call Aleta at 855-884-2284.