To bid farewell to the summer season and welcome the start of school and fall on Hurricane Island we hosted our first Family Day on Saturday August 30th, 2014. The goal of the event was to get kids of all ages and their parents out to the island to learn a bit more about the Center For Science and Leadership’s mission and programs, as well as enjoy a day of both staff-led and self-guided exploration and fun.
The morning kicked off with a staff-led hike around the island. Stops included the meadow garden, and vistas of Little Hurricane Island, Gibbon’s Point, and our small sand beach on the northeast side of the island. As we hiked, staff shared some fun natural history information about the island, stopping to smell the fragrant bayberry leaves and eat huckleberries. Everyone enjoyed a picnic and s’more making during an outside barbecue lunch. For the afternoon session, families were able to choose from a variety of activities: to go on a history hike to learn about the quarrying town that used to reside on Hurricane until 1914; participate in arts and crafts where we made cyanotype sunprints and pet rocks; or take their own stroll around the island. It was a beautiful day on the island and it was energizing to have learners of all ages out on the island at once! Thanks families!