Hurricane Island: Offshore, Off line, Off-the-Grid

Your student's perspective changes once they become a member of the Hurricane Island family. They will learn to live off-the-grid, practicing sustainable living using the unique systems and leading-edge technologies that support our island community. Together we’ll discuss and observe human impacts such as climate change and pollution on the natural world, and we’ll play games that will help build communication, teamwork, and leadership skills for students to become effective environmental advocates.

Staff: Our teaching staff all have science degrees, extensive outdoor education experience, and a passion for environmental advocacy.

Lab: Our research equipment includes water quality testing equipment, compound and dissecting microscopes, transect tapes, dissection equipment, and study skins and skeletons.

Sleeping: There are five cabins, a newly renovated bunkhouse, two yurts, and four Montana Canvas wall tents. Each is equipped with either standard twin bed frames or bunk beds with mattresses.

Dining: Delicious and nutritious meals are prepared in our newly designed kitchen and served in our Mess Hall. We grow much of our own produce, and try to locally source food ingredients as much as possible. 

Bathing & Restrooms: Our shower house is equipped with six showers: a solar thermal evacuated tube collector on the roof heats the water, with a propane on-demand hot water heater for backup. Hurricane Island’s main restroom facility has four Clivus Multrum, foam-flush composting toilets

Safety: Our safety policies and procedures were developed with the help of physicians and wilderness medicine consultants and with the remote nature of the island in mind. Our staff is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and our infirmary is equipped with wilderness medical kits. In the event of an emergency, we can utilize Vinahaven EMS, the Vinalhaven Clinic, and LifeFlight.

Electronics Policy: “Unplugging” is an important part of the Hurricane Island experience, so we ask that you leave cell phones, MP3s, computers, and gaming devices at home.

Requirements: We have 1-2 week programs open to students entering 7th-12th grades. Upon completion of all registration forms and receipt of your deposit, you’ll receive a packing list and transportation information, as well as the medical form and code of conduct which must be signed and returned no later than 2 weeks before the course date.

Cost: Program cost for 7-day programs is $1,400 and our 2-week Advanced Marine Biology course is $2,500. Cost includes all instruction materials, field trips, room and board. A 10% non-refundable deposit is due with registration.