Arts and Birding

Arts photo
Jon Reis
July 10 to 15, 2015
Registration opens October 15, 2015
Wait List

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and rhythms of life on an island on Maine's stunningly beautiful rocky coast! You'll find plenty of creative inspiration in the company of artists who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature and you'll be able to learn from some of the country's best photographers and artists. This program includes fun birding adventures, as well as more in-depth study in your choice specialty of photography or sketching/painting.

We'll explore the island's spruce forest, tide pools, and striking vistas, and take a boat trip to Eastern Egg Rock to see Atlantic puffins. The week includes opportunities to learn new skills through your choice of workshops on photography or sketching, journaling and painting. We will also offer longer blocks of time for you to immerse yourself in your art. This program is ideal for beginners as well as avid birders, artists and photographers.

No experience or talent needed! Just a desire to experience and enjoy birds in fresh, new ways.

This session is a best bet for bringing a non-birding spouse - they will certainly find substance in this exciting new program that offers something for everyone!

Please note: This session runs in concert with Raptor Rapture, but day-to-day activities are NOT interchangeable. You will have an opportunity to mingle with the Raptor team of instructors and participants at meal-times and during evening programs.

Prices: The prices listed below are per person and include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). 

$995 twin bed in the Queen Mary loft, 6 beds total (women only)
$1095 twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1345 Osprey room - twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Roseate room - twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1595 Helm Cabin - private cabin with bathroom, queen bed, porch, ocean view (dbl occupancy)

Painting Hog Island
Jon Reis Photography

Wait list
If the program or your preferred housing option is sold out, please add your name to the wait list. There are usually a few cancellations, and the first people on the wait list are almost always able to enroll. You can also email or call (843) 340-8673, for updates on the wait list status.

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or  (843) 340-8673. Additional information about accommodations can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

Please note that for these programs, there are NO prerequisites, and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions!

Jean MackayArtist and Educator, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, National Park Service

2015 Instructors
Jonathan AlderferArtist, Author, and Editor
Melissa GrooPhotographer

Guest Lecturer
Stephen KressDirectorSeabird Restoration Program

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