CISF Programs

Programs, Classes & Workshops

Spring Programs

September 13 – October 15, 2021

Registration for Homeschool Programs opens
Thursday, August 26;
Registration for After-school Programs opens August 30 (8 am)

Junior Nature Explorers Home-School Program, September 14 – October 14, 2021; Tuesday’s & Thursday’s, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Ages 5-7.
Every Tuesday and Thursday children between the ages of 5 and 7 will explore the natural world together at Fort Getty through this program for young homeschooled children. They will visit the Fox Hill Salt Marsh, rocky shores, and nature trails, learn about the species that live in the water and land, and observe the changes that happen in nature as summer turns to fall. Every week will include exploration, play, nature art, craft projects, and games. This is a 5 week program that will be followed by a second 5 week session before Thanksgiving.
Cost: $220
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent

• Home-School, Session 1, September 14-October 14, 2021, Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 12:30-3 pm, Grades 3-5 & 6-8, Sailing + Marine Education
This program is for homeschool students in grades 3-8 and will be focused on both learning to sail, and learning marine biology at the Fox Hill Salt Marsh at Fort Getty. One day each week students will work on building their sailing skills using both Hobie Waves and O’pen Skiffs, and working on parts of the boat, tacking and jibing, points of sail, and understanding the wind and current. The other day, students will learn marine biology through studying the salt marsh ecosystem, working on identifying and categorizing species, learning the difference between native and invasive species, and their effect on the delicate system. This is a 5 week program.
Cost: $300
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent

Friday Home-school Explorations
(drop-in sessions)


    • 10th- Intro to Sailing 12-3pm; Come and spend an afternoon learning the basics of sailing on our Hobie Wave Catamarans! We will go over the basics of understanding wind and current, how sailboats work, and how to steer, tack, and gybe! $30/person
    • 17th- Salt Marsh Species Count 12-3pm; Salt Marshes are an extremely important habitat home to hundreds of different species of plants, animals, and other creatures. We will spend the afternoon at the Fox Hill Salt Marsh exploring and identifying as many species as possible during the low tide! $30/person
    • 24th- Fall Gardening 12-3pm; Spend the afternoon in our Garden as we harvest and prepare for the fall! We will work on harvesting, saving seeds, preserving food, and maybe do a little eating too! $30/person

After-School Programs, 2021

September 13 – October 15, 2021

Backyard Explorers, Grades 1 on Monday’s & Grade 2 on Wednesday’s, 2:40 – 4 pm
This popular after-school program will again be offered during the fall season for grades 1 and 2. The students will explore, adventure, and learn about the natural world. Children will be picked up from their classes and will explore the outdoor environment at school once a week for five weeks with Ms. Haley Barber. The students will be picked up from their classes after school.
(The last class for Monday’s Grade 1 program is October 18 – no class on Monday October 11 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day).)
12 spots will be available in each group. 
(Grades 3 & 4 Backyard Explorers will be held October 25 – November 22)
Cost: $50
Where: Outside of Melrose School
When: 2:40 – 4 pm, 9/13 – 10/15

• After school Sailing: Students with all levels of sailing experience are welcome to join after-school sailing at Fort Getty. After-school sailing will be offered to children in grades 3-8 one day a week:

**Monday’s: Grades 5 & 6, group 1
Tuesday’s: Grades 3 & 4, group 1
Wednesday’s: Grades 7 & 8
Thursday’s: Grades 5 & 6, group 2
Friday’s: Grades 3 & 4, group 2

Cost: $100
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent
When: 3:30-5 pm, 9/13 – 10/15
*Participation priority will be given to those who have never sailed or been a part of after-school sailing before*
**The last class for the Monday group will be October 18. (No class on Monday, October 11.)

After school Kayaking: After-school kayaking will be offered to students in grades 5-8 at Fort Getty. There will be two groups each week that meet once a week for five weeks. Students in grades 5 & 6 will meet Tuesday’s; grades 7 & 8 will meet on Friday’s.
Cost: $75
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent
When: 3:30-5 pm, 9/13 – 10/15

• K-2 Nature Exploration: Children in grades K + 2 are invited to explore the natural world at Fort Getty every Thursday. They will spend time exploring and learning about the diverse ecosystems at Fort Getty. Fall is a great season to spend time outside and watch the natural world!
Cost: $90
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent
When: 3:30-5 pm, Thursday’s, 9/13 – 10/15

Payment: By check or credit card using the online system.

Scholarship information: CISF scholarship applications will be rolling through November 15 for those who need financial assistance to participate in CISF-offered programs. CISF does not want cost to prevent children from participating in our programs. To learn more about applying for a scholarship contact Meg Myles,, or fill out an online application:

Scholarships will be awarded based on need.

2021 Camp Registration



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We strive to make Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp the best that it can be every season. Parent and camper feedback is crucial to our continued success. Please download a survey/feedback form and either mail it in or e-mail it to CISF Executive Director, Meg Myles.