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Fall Weekend Workshops

Moss landscapeFall workshops serve as distraction-free weekends away from work and home for the opportunity to learn from a specialist. They begin with a late Friday afternoon arrival and dinner at 7 PM, followed by an introductory program. Saturdays and Sundays are full workshop days that combine field trips, lectures, and lab studies, with meals serving as relaxed settings for informal discussions. Evenings are set aside for discussions by the fireplace in the dining hall's comfortable lounge or for follow-up classroom activities. Each workshop concludes about 5 PM on Sunday to allow for travel time home. Dinner is not provided that evening. Participants are invited to consider an extend stay (see below).

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Natural History Science Programs Overview

Application form - Fall weekend workshops


Dates Title Instructor(s)

2020 Fall Weekend Workshops

When links to flyers have been added, titles are underlined.
Sep 25 - 27 Fall Maine Mushrooms David Porter and Michaeline Mulvey
Oct 9 - 11 Bryophytes: Mosses and Liverworts Fred Olday
Oct 23 - 25 Crustose and Foliose Lichens Fred Olday
Nov 6 - 8 Twig Identification of Trees and Shrubs Dennis Magee

General Application Information and Costs, etc.

Workshops are generally limited to 8 participants, so early application is recommended. Applications are best sent in at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of a workshop, but late applications are accepted if space is available (please call first).


Tuition. $150 for 2 days of instruction. Some workshops have a lab fee.

Accomodations. $90, per person, double occupancy, Friday night through Sunday night. We try our best to assign rooms according to preferences. Some single rooms are available. Commuters are welcome. See below if you might like to arrive early and/or stay on for 1 or more extra days.

Meal choices. A choice of meal plan is required.
1. Resident meal plan: Dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday - $90.
2. Commuter meal plan: Dinner on Friday and lunches on Saturday and Sunday - $45.

Non-participating guest fee. Accommodation and meal fees, as above, plus a $50 contribution to the scholarship fund.


The following general discounts are available. The discounts apply to both tuition and room costs, but not meal costs.

Year-round residents of Hancock and Washington Counties - 20%.
Couples or groups - 10%.
Alumni of 1 previous seminar or workshop - 10%.
Alumni of 2-3 previous seminars or workshop - 15%.
Alumni of 4 or more previous seminars or workshop - 20%.
Students at colleges and universities - 10%; With faculty letter of recommendation - 20%.

Deposits. Each application needs to be accompanied by either a $50 deposit, purchase order, or training authorization form. Deposits are fully credited towards costs for room, board, and tuition. Balances are due upon arrival at Eagle Hill, or, in the case of purchase orders and training authorization forms, will be invoiced after the end of a seminar, unless requested earlier. Deposits are returned when a seminar is full. Deposits can be made by credit card by way of PayPal.

Travel insurance. Standard travel insurance is recommended, especially for those who are planning on traveling by plane. This helps in case of a change of plans.

Refunds. If an application is cancelled before the beginning of a seminar, partial refunds of the $50 deposit are as follows:

4+ weeks = $35 refund
2–4 weeks = $25 refund
0–2 weeks = no refund

Late applications. Applications within the two week period prior to the start of a seminar are welcome. Please contact us first to ask if space is still available.

Arriving early and/or staying on for 1 or more extra days. Adding days to your workshop stay at the Institute is sometimes possible. This option may be helpful for airline discount purposes (i.e., airlines sometimes have Saturday stay-over requirements for discounts). Some participants enjoy extending their stay in order to explore the coast of Maine on their own. Meals are only served from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast. The cost per person is $30 for each extra night.


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