Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens

Birding from Borestone Mountain Sanctuary to Hog Island, Maine.

We really appreciate your interest in Hog Island Audubon Camp, but in order to keep our campers, volunteers and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve decided to cancel our summer camp programming for 2020. Thank you for your care and commitment as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tentative 2021 dates: June 27-July 2, 2021

Designed for ages 14-17 only

This intensive 5-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine. We will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern maine bird species. The remaining part of the week we will stay on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species, and puffins! A service component will be included during the week so that teens can be hands-on and a tour of the Mad River Decoys by Audubon will be provided, including a paint-your-own decoy activity. Teens will learn about conservation projects around the world and see how decoys are produced to bring back species. An emphasis will be placed on creating field notebooks throughout the week. For more info on field notebooks check out this blog post on the ABA website.

The historic cottages at Borestone and Hog Island will be more rustic in nature than the traditional Hog Island cabins. All participants should bring a sleeping bag and prepare for camping conditions while at Borestone and dorms at Hog Island. Electricity will be provided at Borestone but phone reception is very limited and there will be no internet available at either camp. Be prepared to unplug during the week and get connected to the outdoors!

Price: $1445 for individual enrollment, and $1395 for organizations (bird clubs, Audubon chapters, etc.) that are sponsoring a teen in the program. Registration cost includes all meals, housing, instruction and boat trips. Teens must arrange transportation to the Hog Island Audubon Camp on arrival day (Sunday) and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine on departure day; (14 years olds CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions).

Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens is designed for participants ages 14 to 17 years old with an avid interest in birds. Limit of 14 participants per session. 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 and their guardian. These materials will be emailed in January 2020.

Prices include: Meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine where we will start and end our trip. Participants must arrive between 10:30am and noon on Sunday at the Portland International Jetport and we will drop-off at the airport at 9:30am on Friday. If participants arrive early on Sunday, please wait for our staff at baggage claim. Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship availability.

Wait list
If the session you prefer is sold out, it is a good idea to 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 Hog Island program manager at or (843) 340-8673. For campers that are 14 years olds - due to airline restrictions you CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions.

Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager and Costa Rica Teen Director

2020 Teen Leaders
Doug Hitchcox, Naturalist and Birding Guide, Maine Audubon
Christian Hagenlocher, 2016 Big Year Birder and Educator, The Birding Project
Rosalie Haizlett, Field Journal leader, Artist and Illustrator

Guest Educator
Eric Snyder, Facilities & Sanctuary Manager, Seabird Restoration Program

Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Buildings
Borestone Mountain Photo: Doug Hitchcox
Common Eider Photo: Scott Weidensaul
Writer's Cottage at Hog Island
Puffin near Eastern Egg Rock Photo: Jennie Duberstein
Snowgoose III
Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Campfire
Eric and teens on top of Borestone Mountain. Photo: Doug Hitchcox

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