Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens

June 9–14, 2024 or June 16–21, 2024

NOTE: *SOLD OUT* – Waitlist information is below.


Coastal Maine Bird Studies is designed for ages 14-17 with an avid interest in birds only. There is a limit of 16 participants per session. This intensive 6-day, 5-night program on Hog Island allows enthusiastic young birders to work with some of the country's best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation. 

Prerequisite: This program requires physical and emotional maturity. After reserving your place in the session, additional registration materials will be sent to applicants. Final acceptance in the program is contigent upon staff review of application materials, which include recommendation letters and a series of questions to be completed by the teen.

Note: Occurring concurrently with the adult Field Ornithology and Hands-on Bird Science sessions, and sharing many of the same instructors, this program includes the unique opportunity to see Audubon's seabird restoration work in action, and is the only Hog Island program that lands participants on Eastern Egg Rock during the puffin breeding season (weather and sea conditions permitting). 


Teen Leaders

Guest Lecturer


Teen Leaders

Guest Lecturers

"I just want to say that I can highly recommend this camp to everyone, especially to teens. It's a really inspirational week... Plus, the food is incredible." – Benjamin Van Doren, White Plains, NY


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). Participants can be picked up and dropped off at the Portland airport by Audubon staff for an additional fee of $100. 14 years olds CANNOT fly independently to camp (call if you have questions), must be able to be an independent minor on an aircraft to be picked up and dropped off. All participants needing a shuttle from the aiport must arrive by 1pm and all departing flights must start no earlier than 11:30am, drop-off will be at 9:30am at the airport. Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship opportunities. 
  • $1690 – for individual enrollment
If the program 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. For questions regarding the wait list status, program, registration, lodging or meals, please contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. Also, some questions may have answers on our lodging and frequently asked questions pages.
All participants must agree to the Camper Guidelines - please read before registering.


  • June 9–14, 2024 (SESSION ONE) – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – *SOLD OUT* – Join waitlist
  • June 16–21, 2024 (SESSION TWO) – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – *SOLD OUT* – Join waitlist

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

Landing on Eastern Egg Rock Photo: Jean Hall
Walking through a tern colony is very loud. Photo: Jean Hall
Photo: Scott Weidensaul
Bird banding during Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Week Two Photo: Jean Hall

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