Swan Island Events

Living History Reenactment
Date: July 20, 2013
Step back in time to the 18th century and interact with Fletcher’s Company on a scouting mission to Swan Island. Historically, the soldiers of Fletcher's Scouting Company patrolled the Maine woods to protect the settlements from attack by Native Americans and their French allies.  Visitors will have a chance to observe and interact as they practice drill and patrol throughout the day. Come see history in the present. Explore the island and meet this group to learn about local history and life in Central Maine during the mid-1700s.  Make sure to be on the island before 1pm for a discussion of the Native American raid against the Whiddon and Nobel families who were living on the island and taken in 1750.
Call ahead to reserve your spot for one of the passenger ferry trips to the island. Special Ferry Schedule for Saturday includes trips at 9am, 10am, 11am, 3pm, and 5pm.

Wind Over Wings on Swan Island, Richmond

Date: July 12, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Date: Saturday July 12, 2014 Time: 9am – 11am Where: Swan Island dock. Call 547-5322 to make your reservation. Fee: $8 per person. 3yrs and under are free. Space Limited: First 30 people Come meet a golden eagle, kestrel, saw-whet owl and great horned owl with Wind Over Wings from Dresden, a nonprofit educational service featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment and who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Their goal in education is to provide a personal connection with wildlife that will lead to responsible stewardship of the environment.

Hope Douglas earned a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University majoring in counseling and education. She was Executive Director of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT for ten years. She is board certified as a hypnotherapist and a forensic hypnotist. While visiting a teacher in Florida, Hope founded NEST, a nonprofit organization called the National Eagle Sanctuary Trust to protect Bald Eagle nests in the state.

Upon returning to Connecticut she founded Wind Over Wings in her parents’ garage. Hope was President of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association and was Vice President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council as well as its Executive Director. She taught wildlife conservation internationally including India and Peru. She has illustrated 14 books on wildlife and on physical disabilities. Hope received the J. Edgar Hoover Award for excellence in teaching and is featured in Who’s Who in the World.

Hope was recently interviewed by 207! Click here to see the video.

Living History Reenactment

Date: July 19, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Living History Reenactment on Swan Island

On Saturday July 19th, step back in time to the 18th century and interact with Fletcher’s Company on a scouting mission to Swan Island. Historically, the soldiers of Fletcher's Scouting Company patrolled the Maine woods to protect the settlements from attack by Native Americans and their French allies. Visitors will have a chance to observe and interact as they practice drill and patrol throughout the day. Come see history in the present. Explore the island and meet this group to learn about local history and life in Central Maine during the mid-1700s. Make sure to be on the island before 1pm for a discussion of the Native American raid against the Whidden and Nobel families who were living on the island and taken in 1750.

For the first time, due to extensive rehab work by the Friends of Swan Island group, the Tubbs-Reed house will be open to the public!

Call ahead to reserve your spot for one of the passenger ferry trips to the island. The special Ferry Schedule for Saturday includes trips at 9am, 10am, 11am, 3pm, and 5pm. Regular admission fees will be charged: $8.00 pp. Call 287-5252 FMI and to make your reservation.

Swan Island takes part in Richmond Days Celebration.

Date: July 26, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Date: Saturday July 26, 2014 Time: Ferry/truck tours at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Fee: $5 per person. 3yrs and under are free. Never been to Swan Island!? This is a great way to see all of Swan Island! Each tour will leave the Swan Island landing in the island ferry and travel across the river for a 2 hour tour and then return directly to the dock.

Once back at the dock you can join in many other Richmond Days festivities. Space is limited so make sure you put your name on the list at the Friends of Swan island booth located in the Island parking lot on July 26th. For more information on Richmond Days visit www.richmondmaine.com. This is a great time to enjoy some local fun and get a tour of the Island. We’re sure you will want to return and spent more time exploring Swan Island. Richmond Days annual events include; the third annual 5k, Fireman's Muster, Swan Island tours, lobster crate races, inflatables, food as well as a parade and fireworks!

And for the first time due to extensive rehab work by the Friends of Swan Island group, the Tubbs-Reed house will be open to the public!

Landscaping for Wildlife

Date: July 31, 2014

Time: 12:18 AM

Date: Thursday July 31, 2014 Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Where: The Old Goat, upstairs, 33 Main Street, Richmond Fee: Free! Any backyard, large or small, can be made into an excellent wildlife area for the enjoyment of the owners and their visitors. In creating such an area you first need to keep in mind the needs of wildlife. All living things need food, water, cover and space to survive. All participants will receive the FREE IFW guide to Managing your Backyard for Wildlife.

Come learn with Suzan McIntyre from Longfellow’s Greenhouses just how to turn your yard into a haven for wildlife.

Nature Walk on Swan Island, Richmond

Date: August 9, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Date: Saturday August 9, 2014 Time: arrive for 9:00 ferry and will end in time for the 11:00 ferry but can stay for later ferry. Where: Swan Island dock. Call 547-5322 to make your reservation. Fee: $8 per person. 3yrs and under are free. Space Limited: First 30 people Please join the Swan Island staff on a guided nature walk exploring the trails on Swan Island. The island has a variety of habitats that support an abundance of wildlife and native plants. Our guided nature walk promises to be a great way to learn about these natural environments straight from an expert Biologist who can answer questions and provide rich information. Feel free to bring a lunch and explore the island on your own afterwards and leave on a later ferry.

Paddle Tour around Swan Island, Richmond

Date: August 16, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Date: Saturday August 16, 2014 Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm still checking on time. Where: Swan Island dock. Call 547-5322 to make your reservation. Fee: $8 per person. 3yrs and under are free. Bring your canoe or kayak to explore Swan Island while paddling the Kennebec River. This will be a great opportunity to see another perspective of the island and learn about this important interface for wildlife between water and land. Maybe even see a prehistoric looking sturgeon leaping from the water! We will stop part way and have lunch on the island.
Trip is suitable for beginners but be aware that the river is tidal so portions of the trip could be “upstream” paddling. Be sure to have PFDs, paddles, canoe or kayak, lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, and binoculars or camera.

Morning Wildlife Tour on Swan Island, Richmond

Date: August 23, 2014

Time: 7:00 AM

Date: Saturday August 23, 2014 Time: 7:00am – 8:30am Where: Swan Island dock. Call 547-5322 to make your reservation. Fee: $8 per person. 3yrs and under are free. Space Limited: First 30 people
Join the Swan Island staff for an evening sightseeing wildlife tour to observe the abundant wildlife when they are more visible. Little to no walking as you ride in our tour truck the length of the island through a variety of habitats. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera! Participants will also receive a coupon for Annabella's Bakery & Café right across the street!