Workshops, Events & Other Programs

There are a variety of programs for adult learners, professional development opportunities for educators, and fun events on Hurricane Island! Please check out our Program Schedule to see what we already have scheduled for 2018 or read below to learn about the different program opportunities on Hurricane.

Bird Banding Workshops

We offer a 7-day introductory course and a 4-day advanced course for both amateur birders and professional biologists to learn the mist-netting and banding skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs. These programs feature both hands on experience and in-classroom lectures and discussions.

Wilderness Medical Associates Certification Courses

Become certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or extend your EMS training.

Permaculture

Spend 2 days on beautiful Hurricane Island gaining first-hand understanding of Permaculture design with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design. Participants will learn how to design their home gardens for resilience and sustainability.   

Courage Earth Retreat

Explore the intersection of our natural and built worlds and how we can learn from “nature as architect.” If you are concerned about our collective mistreatment of our environment and would you like to reconnect with nature, experience a sense of renewal, share a love for the outdoors with kindred spirits and committed peers, and explore actions that you can take in your own life to steward our environment, please join us on Hurricane! 

Learning Retreat for School Leaders

Our 3-day retreat is designed to support school leaders tackling the real challenges they face, within an invigorating and supportive environment. The retreat will help participants acquire new leadership skills, provide time for action planning and the creation of specific plans of improvement.  Participants will work in their own teams as well as in other groupings guided by skilled facilitators, who will assist with your leadership planning.

Teacher/Educator Day

We are offering a free trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.  If you are a teacher or administrator who would like to learn more about our professional development programs, school programs, and summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day!

Unearthing the quarry town: an archaeological inventory of Hurricane Island

Come learn about Hurricane Island's history as a quarry town and help participate in the archaeological inventory that is already occurring on the island.

Farm-to-Table Dinners

Join us for an exquisite farm-to-table dinner on Hurricane Island. We will be celebrating with the bounty of our beautiful gardens, the skill and artistry of scratch cooking, and the incredible scenery of Hurricane Island. The dinner is prepared and presented by Hurricane Island's culinary team and features locally sourced ingredients.

Volunteer Days

Interested in donning work gloves and spending the day on Hurricane Island? We are looking for hearty volunteers interested in gardening, trail maintenance, shingling, painting, cabin improvement, and other projects around the island! In return for a little sweat equity, we will provide you with free lunch and time to hike and explore the island at the end of the day!

 

If you are looking for summer student program opportunities, please click here.

7-day Beginner Bird Banding Workshop &

4-day Advanced Bird Banding Workshop

Hurricane Island has to be one of my favorite places I’ve banded in this country. The species we’ve captured there range from the bright and colorful Northern Parulas and American Redstarts, to the subtle and challenging Song Sparrows and Winter Wrens, providing an excellent place for beginners to learn and for practiced banders to hone their ageing skills on a variety of birds, all in some of the most gorgeous scenery the Northeast has to offer.
— Lauren Helton, Instructor, IBP

Are you interested in becoming a bird bander? Hurricane Island is happy to offer bird banding workshops taught by world-class instructors from The Institute for Bird Populations

The Institute for Bird Populations studies the abundance, vital rates, and ecology of bird populations to enable scientifically sound conservation of birds and their habitats. They collaborate locally, nationally, and globally with individuals, government agencies, and NGOs in diverse fields to assess the effects of land management actions, climate change, and other ecological stressors on bird populations, and prescribe science-based solutions. 

Why do we band birds?

Bird banding data are useful in both research and management projects. By banding birds, we can identify individuals and track their dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure, life-span and survival rate, and reproductive success and population growth. For example, when banded birds are captured, released alive, and then reported from somewhere else we can trace the movements of that individual. Banded birds have showed us that some species take different routes when they travel south or return north, and once a bird is banded continued observations can be made about that bird without handling it again.

Beginner Bird Banding, July 15-21, 2018

**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island.  The boat will depart from the mainland at 11am on the July 15, 2018Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 12pm on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland around 1pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to registration@hurricaneisland.net or 207 867 6050.**

Cost: $2100, Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction

The seven-day introductory courses are designed to provide both amateur birders and professional biologists with the skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs involving bird banding.

Skills taught include:

This course was one of the highlights of my career. Holding a passerine in the hand brings an even greater appreciation for these species.
— Bird Banding Participant
  • Operation of mist-nets and safe extraction of birds
  • Bird-handling skills
  • In-hand ageing and sexing techniques
  • Scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms

Lectures and discussions cover:

  • Avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages
  • Banding ethics
  • The permitting process
  • The role of banding in research and monitoring

Advanced Bird Banding, July 10-14, 2018

**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island. The boat will depart from the mainland at 2pm on the July 10, 2018Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 12pm on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland around 1pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to registration@hurricaneisland.net or 207 867 6050.**

Cost: $1250, Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction

The four-day advanced classes are designed for experienced banders who wish to improve their sexing and ageing skills. Participants fine-tune the banding skills they already possess and advance their comprehension of molt strategies and ability to recognize molts limits and plumages on birds in hand. We focus on understanding and identifying the differences between specific adult age classes using the Identification Guide to North American Birds by Peter Pyle. We also spend time addressing advanced skills such as skulling, refining the scoring of various characteristics, and interpreting these characteristics for age and sex determinations.

Before attending an advanced class, participants should be able to handle and set up mist-nets; be able to extract birds from mist-nets; and have familiarity with ageing hatch-year versus after-hatch-year birds.

Wilderness Medical Associates Certification Programs

Early Bird Discount! Receive $50 off your course fee when you register before March 1st.

Hurricane Island offers several certification courses through Wilderness Medical Associates.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING TRAVEL!

*Please wait to purchase all plane tickets and secure all travel arrangements until 30 days before the WMA course start date, or be sure to get travel insurance. If we have to cancel a course due to low enrollment we will notify you by then.

*Transportation to Hurricane Island will be the DAY BEFORE the program start date for all programs. The boat to Hurricane will depart Rockland, ME, at 5pm THE DAY BEFORE the start date. Please plan your travel accordingly.

 

Wilderness Advanced Life Support, August 3-7, 2018

**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island the EVENING BEFORE your course is to start. The boat will depart from the mainland at 5pm on the EVENING BEFORE the first day of the course. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. The course will begin at 8:30am the following day. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 5pm on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland around 6pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to registration@hurricaneisland.net or 207 867 6050.**

Cost: $1200 (Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction)

The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) is WMA International’s most advanced level course. Our 36-hour course is run over 4 - 5 days.  It is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in disaster or crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and innovative ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating, and fun.  The cost structure for this course is based on licensure. The appropriate cost will be applied when you register and make a deposit. Please email phoebe@hurricaneisland.net with questions.

Wilderness First Responder (5 day class), August 8-12, 2018

**Course also offered April 25-29th, 2018 for Hurricane Staff with limited seats available for other participants**

**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island the EVENING BEFORE your course is to start. The boat will depart from the mainland at 5pm on the EVENING BEFORE the first day of the course. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. The course will begin at 8:30am the following day. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 5pm on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland around 6pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to registration@hurricaneisland.net or 207 867 6050.**

Cost: $1050 (Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction)

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum includes all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The five-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation. All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications.  No previous medical training is required. Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in the 7-day course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian. Students must be 18 years or older to participate in the 5-day course.

Wilderness EMT, May 9-13, 2018

**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island the EVENING BEFORE your course is to start. The boat will depart from the mainland at 5pm on the EVENING BEFORE the first day of the course. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. The course will begin at 8:30am the following day. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 5pm on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland around 6pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to registration@hurricaneisland.net or 207 867 6050.**

Cost: $1050 (Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction)

The WEMT curriculum builds on EMS training and expertise to meet the special challenges of the remote and unconventional environment. It is designed for medical personnel working in rural EMS, search and rescue, law enforcement, disaster response, and on wilderness expeditions. Like all WMA International training, it represents the best application of the available science balanced by considerable clinical experience and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places.

Educators! We want you to experience Hurricane Island

We are offering a free trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.  If you are a teacher or administrator who would like to learn more about our professional development programs, school programs, and summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day!  Teachers: while we are a perfect location for science programs, we offer interdisciplinary offerings merging history, art, math, and English into our programs and we would be happy to work with you to tailor a program to your needs. Administrators: we offer a rejuvenating retreat location for you and your staff to work on the issues that matter most to your school.  Whether you just need a place to get away and focus or you would like professional facilitation, we work with you to meet all of your needs.  Our educator day this year is on April 22nd (Earth Day) and all you need to do is get yourself to and from our office in Rockland. We will take care of the rest!


SAMPLE ITINERARY

9:30: Depart Rockland from Journey's End Marina
10:30: Arrive on Hurricane Island
10:30-11:00: Welcome, introductions, overview of the Hurricane Island Foundation and programs
11:00-12:00:  Learn about and participate in island research projects
12:00-12:30: Tour of facilities
12:30-1:15: Lunch {provided}
1:15- 2:15: Full island hike, "walk and talk" about program possibilities on Hurricane
2:15-3:00: More information about our programs, our field station, and our vision for the future of Hurricane Island
3:00-3:30: Final questions, feedback, resources for teachers
3:30: Depart Hurricane Island
5:00: Arrive back in Rockland


This opportunity is available on a first come, first serve basis, please fill out the form below to reserve your spot. We will follow up with you to confirm your spot and send you additional information about your upcoming adventure with us.

Name *
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Phone *
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Teachers: What grades and subjects do you teach? Administrators: What is your role in your school or district?
Please include any dietary restrictions and allergies

How to get to Rockland, Maine for a Hurricane Island program

By car:

The easiest way to find our Rockland office using GPS or google maps is to type in "Rockland Municipal Fish Pier" into your navigation system. Our office is located at 19 Commercial Street, nestled in Journey's End Marina around sailboats and working waterfront. Long-term parking is located walking distance from our office on Wharf street. Parking passes can be purchased from Journey's End Marina. Click here to download a one-page map showing directions to our office.

By bus:

Concord Coachlines is the only public bus service which comes to Rockland once a day. The Northbound Maine Coastal Route goes from Logan Airport in Boston (departing 11:35 am) to the Rockland Ferry Terminal (arriving 4:10 pm), stopping in Portland, Maine, and other coastal Maine cities along the route. Once you arrive at the Rockland Ferry Terminal, you are walking distance from our office, where the boat departs for programs. You can also call a taxi, or if we have several participants coming from the ferry we can arrange a pick-up for you.

By plane:

The closest airport to our office is the Owls Head or Knox County Regional Airport. From there you are a 10-15 minute taxi ride from our Rockland, Maine office (19 Commercial Street).

Lodging in Rockland, Maine:

The closest lodging (5 minute walk) from our Rockland Office is the Tradewinds Motor Inn