On Friday, March 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Friends of Sears Island will host an early spring phenology program for kids age 6 to 12 on Sears Island. Elisabeth Maxwell, assistant coordinator for the Signs of the Seasons program, will lead the workshop.

Signs of the Seasons relies on citizen scientists across Maine and New Hampshire to contribute valuable data about phenology, the study of seasonal changes and timing of natural events. These changes include things such as songbird migration, budding of leaves and flowers on plants, emergence of amphibians, and more. The data recorded by volunteers helps researchers understand the local effects of global changes in climate.

This unique children's workshop is designed to teach students what phenology means, how to recognize seasonal changes in their area, and how to identify species they can observe in their own backyard. This free program is designed for kids with an accompanying adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To participate, please register at http://friendsofsearsisland.org/science-squad-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. To learn more about the Signs of the Seasons program, visit https://extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/.

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 3:30 p.m. Please wear footwear and outdoor gear appropriate for hiking and bring water and a snack. No pets are permitted at public programs.

In the event of inclement weather, program participants will be notified that the program is cancelled, with a back-up date of April 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland, or call 975-3878.