The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership provides extraordinary opportunities to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world - as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders. Sitting twelve miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for our programs in science, sustainability, and leadership.
summer Youth programs
Our hands-on one or two week summer programs invite students to immerse themselves in the natural world, challenging them to explore and ask questions like trained naturalists in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Programs are small (with a maximum of 12 students) and are led by trained field scientists and educators, providing a level of instructor expertise and maturity you won’t find in other summer experiences.
There are a variety of programs for adult learners, professional development opportunities for educators, and fun events on Hurricane Island. Events and courses include Wilderness Medical Associates courses, Bird Banding workshops, Educator days, and Farm to Table dinners.
Hurricane Island partners with local Maine middle-and-high schools, schools in New England, and colleges and universities to run field-research based programs that give students an opportunity to supplement their learning in the classroom. We are open to work with schools to design custom programs to kick-off the school year between late August and mid-October, or as a capstone experience from late April through Late June. Optional classroom support is available both pre- and post-program to connect classroom/lab study with the field work experience.