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General Information and Costs of Week-long Seminars .

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General Application Information and Costs, etc.

Seminars during the summer of 2021 are limited to 12 participants, so early application is recommended. Applications within the 2-week period prior to the first day are welcome, but please call or email us first to ask if space is still available.

Costs of Seminars. All seminars have 5 instructional days, plus an arrival day and a departure day.

Tuition. Generally $495, with some exceptions (see annotations in calendar after titles: *1 = $545, *2 = $645). CEUs are available for most seminars (see links below).

Accommodations. The rates below for rooms are for the duration of the seminar (6 nights, from Sunday night through Saturday morning). All rooms are offered single occupancy, even though some have 2 beds. Two people are welcome to share a room with 2 beds if they know each other and are comfortable rooming together. There are a limited number of single rooms with 1 bed.

Lodge ... $230 if 1 person, $195 each if 2 people
Cabin ... $215 if 1 person, $180 each if 2 people
Classroom building ... $200 with 1 bed
Simple cabin. With separate washhouse ... $130 with 1 person, $115 each if 2 people
Tent platform: With own tent, bedding, and towels. Separate washhouse ... $55

Descriptions and photos of residential options.


With only one seminar offered each week and thus fewer participants this summer, it is not realistic for us to commit to offering our usual 3 meals per day (with 1 exception, **, below). In the interest of giving every seminar an optimal chance to be held, even if there are just a few participants, we will offer a welcome dinner on Sunday and a continental breakfast each day through Saturday morning ($70).

Participants are otherwise responsible for their own meals. There is ample refrigerator space and there are bins for storing one's own food and beverages. The town of Milbridge (7.3 miles) has a well-stocked grocery store, and 3 restaurants that offer sit-in or takeout lunches and dinners. There are also 3 local convenience markets that offer lunch sandwiches, pizzas, and other hot fast food. Some accept pre-orders and 1 will deliver a group order. Milbridge also has a seafood market with fresh lobsters, crabmeat, clams, oysters, fish, and seaweed salad.

For lunches, participants can thus quickly prepare a wrap, salad, sandwich, or microwave soup. Another option is pre-ordering sandwiches, for example, when going out on a field trip. For dinners, participants have the option to eat in local restaurants or purchase take-out dinners from them. They are otherwise welcome to use our 2 kitchens with 4 ranges. The staff will provide strict guidelines, with special attention to optimizing social distancing by way of both time and space in the kitchen and in the dining area. In practical terms, this means the use of the kitchen to cook single meals will be limited during normal dinner hours. Instead, for those who may like to do so, taking turns in small groups to plan, prepare, and enjoy a simple dinner and clean up afterwards is an option (2–3 shifts of 1 hour each). Using a microwave to heat pre-prepared food is always an option any time of day for those who may prefer to bring some favorite foods/dishes. Those with allergies and dietary restrictions will be given special consideration.

** Meals for the seminar, Mushroom Identification for the Novice, are $278 from Sunday evening through Saturday morning.

Other fees, if applicable.

Microscope fee ... $15 (waived if you prefer to bring your own microscope(s).
Personal photocopying and optional lab supplies and equipment.
Some seminars have a required lab fee.

General discounts. One of the following general discounts may be selected. See application forms. The discount applies to tuition and room costs, but not meal costs.

Alumnus(a) of 1 previous seminar ... 10%
Alumnus(a) of 2 -3 previous seminars ... 15%
Alumnus(a) of 4 or more previous seminars ... 20%
Students at colleges and universities ... 15%; with faculty letter of recommendation ... 30%
Eagle Hill instructors, Board members and Editors of Eagle Hill journals - 20%.
Couples or groups ... 10%
Year-round residents of Washington and Hancock Counties, Maine ... 20%

Financial Assistance. Information on discounts and scholarships is listed below and in the seminar application form. Additional information on financial aid.

Partial scholarships ... 10–50% ... see application form. Scholarships apply to tuition and room costs, but not meal costs.

Credit options. Two university/college credits are available through the University of Maine at Machias for most seminars (fee = $120). CEUs are available for all seminars through the University of Maine at Machias (fee = $40).

University/college Credits
Certificates, Continuing Education Units, and Recertification credits

Deposits. Each application needs to be accompanied by either a $100 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, are invoiced after the end of a seminar, unless requested earlier. Deposits are returned when a seminar is full or cancelled. Deposits can be made by credit card using our PayPal portal.

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 $100 deposit are as follows:

4+ weeks = $70 refund
2–4 weeks = $50 refund
0–2 weeks = no refund

Late applications. Applications just 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 seminar 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). There are study retreat options.


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