2018 Summer Programs for Middle School Students

Early bird discount until March 1st!! Get $125 off any summer youth program when you register by March 1st!  Additional $25 early bird discount available if you register by December 31st (total discount will be $150)

*All Alumni get $100 of their program cost...any time!*

Hurricane Island’s middle school programs are all about exploration, fun, and hands-on learning opportunities. Daily activities will encourage students’ creative expression through nature journaling and art, including time for personal reflection and a culminating project. As members of our community, students will learn how to live sustainably and become environmental stewards and by unplugging for the week, students are able to build lifelong connections with new friends and the natural world. 

Middle School Marine Biology

Marine Biology (August 12th-18th) - For students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2018

$1400 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming

This week-long youth 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 marine biologists.

  • Explore the intertidal zone and find cool invertebrates like sea stars, larval lobsters, nudibranchs, sea urchins, periwinkle snails, green crabs and sea cucumbers.
  • Learn techniques to draw from life and from Hurricane’s botanical, mammal, and invertebrate collections, and improve drawing skills through focus on scale, form, contour, and hierarchy of information.
  • Contribute to citizen science projects.
  • Practice sustainable living through hands-on interactions with the systems and technologies that support our island community, from solar panels to composting.
  • Go fishing on a commercial lobster boat, and explore Vinalhaven’s lobstering community.
  • Help protect our oceans with a beach cleanup.
  • Dissect a fish.

Challenge your body by hiking, learning how to row 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 stargazing.


Middle School Island Ecology

Island Ecology (July 22nd -28th) - For students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2018

$1400 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming

This week-long youth 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 island ecologists.

  • Find and forage edible plants to cook your own meal from nature.
  • Practice sustainable living and learn about the systems and technologies that support our Island community, from solar panels to composting.
  • Hike around the island using binoculars and field guides, discovering and collecting specimens to write, draw, and identify.
  • Learn techniques to draw from the world around you and from Hurricane’s nature collections of animals and plants.
  • Contribute to citizen science project.
  • Work as a team to create a piece of group art using different media and found Island objects.

Challenge your body by hiking, learning how to row 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 stargazing.