Join us for a Place-Based/Project Based Education Retreat on Hurricane Island (June 1st-2nd, 2018)


Why Place-Based Learning on Hurricane Island? Hurricane Island is an ideal location for teachers of all grade-levels to experience the power of place-based learning first hand. Using the island’s woods, waters, history, and sustainability systems as examples, participants will design authentic and engaging place-based learning opportunities for their students.


Who is involved?  Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Island Institute, Herring Gut Learning Center and Schoodic Institute


Where will it be? Hurricane Island - we will send you lodging info and a list of what you’ll need to bring.


When will it be?  This two day training will be on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Participants will travel to Hurricane from Rockland using the Rockland/Vinalhaven ferry (8:45am departure from Rockland) and will be picked up on Vinalhaven by Hurricane staff to be transported to the island. Departure on June 2nd will be on the 2:45pm ferry from Vinalhaven back to Rockland with arrival at 4:00pm.


What are the goals of the training?

  • To bring interested K-12 teachers and experienced place-based educators together to develop place-based education learning experiences for students.
  • To connect island and coastal teachers to each other and to the participating educational support organizations (Herring Gut, Hurricane and II)
  • To explore Hurricane Island and enjoy a retreat style workshop that blends instruction, dedicated work time, and time to relax in a offshore, offline, and off the grid setting.


What will we do? Participants will be exposed to a wide-range of hands on, experiential activities based on the marine and terrestrial environments, sustainability systems including solar energy and composting, island history and the granite industry as well as team building and problem-solving challenges. Instruction in place-based lesson plan development and implementation, standards alignment, and authentic learning data collection and research will be offered. See participant agenda here.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the training (including all meals and transportation) is $300 per person and $250 for teams of 2 or more. Some financial assistance may be available if the cost is a barrier to your participation.  Additionally, if you would like us to invoice your school directly, please contact our office before registering ( or 207-867-6050)

Will CEUs be offered? YES!

Please contact the organizers if you have questions or want more information.

Jenn Page —
Yvonne Thomas —
Sam Belknap —