Friends of Sears Island will host a vernal pool exploration for kids age 6 to 12, with an accompanying adult, on Friday, May 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Aquatic biologist John Tipping of Lotic Inc. and Maine Master Naturalist Cloe Chunn will help children find and identify creatures living in the vernal pool. Program participants will also collect data on their findings, which will be recorded in the Sears Island database of biodiversity.

To sign up, please visit 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 located on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should wear clothing and footwear that can get wet, bring water and a snack, park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate by 3:30 p.m. No pets.

In the event of inclement weather, program participants will be notified that the program is cancelled. For more information, visit, or call 975-3878.