This week-long teen (ages 15-18) science program 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 marine biology.
Some of the activites that are part of this program:
- Explore the intertidal zone and find cool invertebrates like sea stars, larval lobsters, nudibranchs, sea urchins, periwinkle snails, green crabs and sea cucumbers.
- Build and deploy a passive drifter to track ocean currents.
- Learn about larval scallops (spat) and collect data for a scientific research project.
- Go fishing on a commercial lobster boat, and explore Vinalhaven’s lobstering community.
- Help protect our oceans with a beach cleanup.
- Dissect a fish.
- 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.