Marine Biology: Ocean Shore to Sea Floor


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.