Island Ecology: Foraging Plants for Fun and Food


This week-long teen (ages 15-18) science camp is packed with experiential learning adventures along Hurricane Island’s breathtaking coastline, beaches, and trails.

Challenge your mind as you explore, think, observe, and ask questions like a trained naturalist, and become familiar with the field sampling techniques of botany, while earning a STEM certificate to add to your school transcripts.

Some of the activities that are part of this program include:

  • Identify wildflowers, trees, shrubs, vines and ferns.
  • Find and forage for edible plants
  • Make a locally foraged and grown meal to share with friends.
  • Learn how to set up a home composting system.
  • Build a terrarium
  • Plan out Hurricane's gardens and plant seedlings.
  • Learn what plants help attract native pollinators, and how to manage invasive or parasitic plant species.
  • Collect data to help researchers learn more about the impact of climate change on the timing of our plants’ growing seasons.
  • Practice sustainable living through hands-on interactions with the systems and technologies that support our island community, from solar panels to composting.
  • Learn about Hurricane Island’s history as a granite quarry’s company town by exploring the remaining tools and building foundations, looking at historic photos, and sharing readings from century-old newspaper stories.
  • Challenge your body by hiking, learning how to sail in Penobscot Bay, and learning how to rock climb and rappel on the historic Hurricane Island quarry rock face.
  • Relax in the evening with a pick-up soccer game, sunset hike, a swim off our main pier, or some late night star gazing.