Peninsula Explorers 4-H Club

A Blue Hill Heritage Trust 4-H Club for Youth on the Blue Hill Peninsula

Girl Hiking with 4-H and BHHT logosHancock County 4-H and Blue Hill Heritage Trust invite youth grades 3-8 to participate in the Peninsula Explorers Club! The focus of the club is to provide area youth with fun, educational and safe experiences in a variety of outdoor activities. Club themes may include: Winter Sports, Ice Fishing, Archery, Art, Tracking, Astronomy, Boating, Hiking, Wilderness Survival, Overnight Camping, and anything else we can think of outdoors!

FOOD will be an ongoing theme off and on this whole next year and two important local traditions are the theme of our next session: Ice Fishing & Maple Sugaring!

First, we will have a longer one-day meeting in February to explore all stages of ice fishing from how to know the ice is safe to eating our catch! Ice fishing will once again be lead by local experts Adam Gray, Vaughn & Melanie Leach, and Jim Paulus.

In March we will explore maple sugaring with Tim Laflam. We will learn how to tap trees, boil sap, and make some special maple treats to enjoy at Tim’s Sugar House in Blue Hill.

We will meet in most weather conditions (as long as it’s safe), and if the weather is deemed unfit, we will reschedule. Club participants should be prepared to attend all sessions in full to get the complete experience, and dress appropriately for hot or wet weather conditions, sticking with the old adage: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.

This club is FREE and open to youth grades 3-8 (siblings under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult), living in the seven towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Space is limited to 20 youth and is first come, first serve. Please ONLY register if your child intends to participate in all sessions.

  • February 9th, 2020: 10:00am – 2:00pm | Ice Fishing on 3rd Pond: Cleaning, Cooking, and Eating Our Catch

  • March 1st, 2020: 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Tree Tapping & Sap Boiling with Tim Laflam at the BHHT Office

  • March 15th, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00pm | Processing Our Sap & Maple Sugaring at Tim’s Sugar House in Blue Hill


Register for Peninsula Explorers

Please only register if you intend to participate in the entire program. “No shows” are harmful to the program and to youth who are on the waiting list. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs!