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Where do I drop off and pick my child up?

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Students will be dropped off and picked up at the Thames Street lot in Portland. Please see the map below for the exact location. If you are heading towards the water on Franklin Street, you will take a left onto Commercial Street. Commercial turns into Thames Street after crossing India Street. Continue down Thames Street until it terminates at the parking lot on the right. You will park in that lot and see our registration tables.Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 10.05.46 AM

From Points South: Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 44 (formerly Exit 6A). Take I-295 to Exit 7 (Franklin Arterial).continue straight as Commercial turns into Thames Street. Thames terminates at the parking lot to the right.

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Take Route 1 North to Portland. After crossing Veterans’ Bridge, turn right at the light onto Commercial Street (Route 1A North). Continue straight on Commercial ¬†until it turns into Thames Street. Thames terminates at the parking lot to the right.

From Bangor and Augusta: Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) South to Exit 103 (formerly Exit 14B). Take I-295 to Exit 7 (Franklin Arterial).continue straight as Commercial turns into Thames Street. Thames terminates at the parking lot to the right.

From Lewiston-Auburn: Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 52 (Falmouth) (formerly I-495 Exit 9). Take I-295 to Exit 7 (Franklin Arterial). Follow Franklin Arterial to the end and go straight across the intersection.

What if my child has special food allergies or takes special medication?

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Please note this on the health form included in your registration packet. If your child takes specific medications please hand them off to the guide on the first day of the program with any special instructions. We ask that guides hold on to all medications to ensure your child receives their medications on time and to ensure privacy from other participants. If you have specific concerns, feel free to call the office at 207-791-7870.

What should my child come prepared with?

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Please bring the items listed on the gear list. Also, it is imperative that your child comes with a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. This is the easiest and most packable item!

What if I need to pick up my child early or late?

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If your child will be missing a day of programming, please let us know. Because of fixed transportation schedules, we cannot provide transportation for students who arrive late or need to leave early. There are water taxis available for this purpose. Please call our office for more information. If Rippleffect arranges transportation at an alternative time, there will be a $45 charge.

We also do not provide supervision before or after the stated times for our programs. We would never leave a minor unsupervised if a parent is late for pickup, but if it happens multiple times we reserve the right to dismiss your child from the remainder of the program.

Can my child be in a group with his/her friends?

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Yes, but we encourage participants not to register with a large group of friends. We want our groups to be as inclusive as possible and registering together in advance can sometimes create challenging group dynamics.

What kinds of facilities exist on Cow Island?

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Rippleffect has four composting toilets that are permanent structures on the island. We have a solar-powered kitchen with a back-up generator and running water. The bunkers are used as classrooms and storage facilities and participants sleep outside in yurts on platforms. For more information on Cow Island, click here.