Arts and Birding

Drawing and Photographing Birds and Nature

June 11 to 16, 2017
Photography Track - Register Online
Sketching/Painting Track - Register Online

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 others who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature and you’ll learn from some of the country’s best photographers and artists. This program includes birding adventures, as well as in-depth study within 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 workshops on photography or sketching, journaling and painting, plus longer blocks of time to immerse yourself in your art. This program is ideal for beginners as well as experienced artists and photographers.

No experience or talent needed! Just a desire to experience and enjoy birds in fresh, new ways.  See Sample 2017 Schedule

Arts & Birding campers Photo: Jean Mackay

Photography Track- This session is scheduled at the height of nesting season, so you’ll have opportunities to photograph birds and chicks--including osprey, eagles, puffins, terns, and songbirds--at their most active and colorful time of year. In addition to birds on Hog Island, we’ll visit several mainland hot spots and photograph puffins and terns on Eastern Egg Rock while aboard the Snowgoose III. You’ll also be able to take advantage of magical dawn light and evening sunsets to photograph island landscapes. Photographers Drew Fulton and Derrick Jackson will offer daily skill sessions and share their expertise in the field.

Arts Track- Come prepared to expand your skills in the supportive atmosphere of fellow artists and expert instructors Jean Mackay and Sherrie York. Hog Island’s quiet coves, rocky inlets, and old growth spruce forest provide opportunities for both exploration and art. Daily skill building sessions will cover techniques for drawing and painting, with a focus on birds, landscapes, and nature journaling.

Please register for your primary area of interest. This helps our instructional team plan for the week and maximize specialized small group instruction. Please note, however, that there will be a variety of joint sessions and trips and you will have the ability to move between groups.

Photography Track - Register Online
Sketching/Painting Track - Register Online

Please note: This session runs in concert with another program, but day-to-day activities are NOT interchangeable. 

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, shared bathroom (women only)
$1095 twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1195 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$1345 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Roseate Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Eider room - 2 twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Guillemot room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Blackburnian room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1595 The Helm cabin, private cabin with full bathroom, queen bed, deck, ocean view (dbl occupancy; option for three available)

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

2017 Instructors
Drew Fulton
, Photographer
Derrick Jackson, Photographer and Writer
Sherrie YorkArtist and Educator

Guest Lecturer
Stephen KressDirectorSeabird Restoration Program

Sample 2017 Schedule

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