2018 Summer Programs

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*To receive Alumni or Referral discounts, please email programs@hurricaneisland.net before registering.

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 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for middle and high school programs in science, sustainability, and leadership. 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.  No day is complete without hiking, swimming, sailing, or rock climbing. Come participate in our field science and leadership programs and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime!

There is time during our programs for participants to:

  • Take an icy plunge into the Atlantic Ocean
  • Row in gigs to explore Penobscot Bay
  • Go rock climbing and rappel off a 60-foot granite quarry cliff face
  • View the sun setting over Rockland harbor
  • Enjoy personal time to journal and reflect

Middle School - Entering Grades 7-8 in 2018

  • Island Ecology (July 22nd - 28th, 2018)

  • Marine Biology (August 12th - 18th, 2018)

High School - Entering Grades 9-12 in 2018

  • Advanced Marine Biology (July 8th - 21st, 2018) ***ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 10-12 in 2018

  • Island Ecology (July 8th - 14th, 2018)

  • Women of the Sea (July 14th-28th, 2018 - Saturday start, Maine High School young women)

  • Marine Biology (July 29th - August 4th, 2018)

  • Sustainability Leadership (August 5th - 11th, 2018)

Click on the Middle and High School links above to learn more about our individual courses. Registration will open November 15th.

Join us for Family Weekend in 2018!

Registration for Family Weekend will open in early December 2017! Check back for details.

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is excited to be hosting its second Family Weekend July 6th-8th 2018! The 2017 weekend was such a big hit we decided to offer another opportunity for families to join us on the island.  This weekend is for families to unplug and experience our off-shore and off-the-grid island together as they explore, learn, and connect with each other and other families. Science programming options will be offered each day and families will also have time to play along the shore line, hike our trails, and even jump off our pier to take a quick swim in the ocean. Come join our island community and make memories that will last a lifetime.

When is Family Weekend 2018?

  • The dates for Family Weekend 2018 are Friday, July 6th through Sunday, July 8th. The boat to Hurricane will depart Rockland at 4:30 on Friday, arriving on Hurricane at 5:30. The boat to the mainland will depart Hurricane at 2:30 on Sunday.

What is the cost?

  • $200/person/weekend
  • Children under 3 are FREE!
  • This cost includes all transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, all food and housing (with the exception of the extra cabin cost, if applicable), all programming, and all facilities use during the weekend.

What happens during a Family Weekend at Hurricane Island?

  • Fun, fun, fun for the whole family!
  • Hurricane activities (tidepooling, hiking, climbing, and more)
  • Evening activities (campfire, games, astronomy)

Who can come?

  • Families with children of all ages
  • Immediate family members only.

Where do we stay?

  • Families are housed together as a family unit either in the bunkhouse or in one of our private cabins (extra cost of $15/person/night).  If you are interested in this option, please contact our Program Director, Phoebe Jekielek, at phoebe@hurricaneisland.net to inquire about availability.
  • Our bunkhouse and cabins do not have their own bathrooms, all bathrooms are shared and found centrally in our shower house.
  • Families in the bunkhouse will have their own room together separate from other families.
  • Families will need to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows, we do not provide bedding.
  • Hurricane Island is a non-smoking and alcohol-free facility.

Food allergies

  • We regularly accommodate a variety of dietary requirements and are happy to discuss ways we can ensure you and your family are provided full meals that meet all your needs.

How do we get there??

  • We provide all transportation between Hurricane Island and our mainland office in Rockland via our chartered Coast Guard inspected and captained vessel.


 

 

 

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.

 
 

2018 Summer Programs for High 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 high school programs help students immerse themselves in our natural world through hands-on exploration and discovery. Our off-the-grid setting is perfect for students to unplug and become better acquainted with the natural world around them. Daily activities will develop students as leaders as they engage in team building, rock climbing and/or sailing adventures.  Students will become an integral part of our sustainable community and will leave the program with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.


Women of the Sea

Women Of The Sea (WOTS; July 14th-28th) - For Maine young women entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018

$1800 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland, Boothbay Harbor, and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming.

This program is an integrated two-week STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for Maine High School young women and offered jointly through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership and the Boothbay Sea and Science Center. The lucky 12 participants will spend two weeks learning about oceanography, marine biology, maritime history, sustainability, marine technology, marine debris, etc. on Hurricane Island and aboard a sailing vessel. Students will be split into 2 groups of 6, each experiencing one week of programming on Hurricane Island and the other week learning aboard Vela, a 50-foot gaff headed sloop, that will travel between Boothbay Harbor and Hurricane Island. Students will spend 2 days on Hurricane Island in the middle of the program for team building and leadership programming. The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings at BSSC. One of the goals of this program is to foster environmental awareness in the participants and encourage them to return to their homes and schools as advocates and leaders for continued education, research, and collaboration.

This program was created with the intention of creating a long-lasting and broad-reaching program that focuses on providing Maine young women with STEM experiences. Take your summer experience to the next level with learning and adventure at-sea with other young women who share your passion and excitement about the world around them! 


High School Island Ecology

Island Ecology (July 8th-14th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018

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

This week-long teen 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.
  • Learn to identify native and invasive species and how they interact with their environments.
  • Collect data to help researchers learn more about the impact of climate change on the timing of natural events.
  • Practice sustainable living and learn about the systems and technologies that support our Island community, from solar panels to composting.
  • Explore the shores and forests of Hurricane and learn about it all, from microscopic to macroscopic!

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.


HS Advanced Marine Biology

Advanced Marine Biology (July 8th - 21st) - For students entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2018

$2500 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming

In this two-week teen science camp, students will explore Hurricane Island’s breathtaking coastline, beaches and trails. In the first week, students will learn to think, observe, and ask questions with an in-depth look at marine biology and the sampling methods scientists use to develop research projects. With the help of our education and research staff, students will spend the second week completing their own independent research project in marine biology, which they will present at a joint symposium with our Sustainability students at the end of their program.

  • Explore all aspects of the marine environment from the intertidal to the water column and discover what excites you.
  • Learn field sampling techniques.
  • Work with experts to design an independent field research project.
  • Develop your own research methods and implement them with support from your instructors and your classmates.
  • Learn how to analyze your data, document your efforts and share your findings with the community.
  • Leave prepared to continue your project on your own at the end of the course or look forward to coming back next year.

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.


HS Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Leadership (August 5th-11th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018

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

This week-long teen 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, and become familiar with the alternative energy systems and technologies that support our off-the-grid island community.

  • Learn about how we’re using solar power and thermal hot systems as alternative energy sources.
  • Discover edible species through foraging, and participate in the planning and implementation of sustainable food systems.
  • Explore the practical application of constructed wetlands for grey water treatment, and learn about composting toilet systems.
  • Working in small groups, design and install new, sustainable systems to Hurricane Island’s infrastructure

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.


High School Marine Biology

Marine Biology (July 29th - August 4th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018

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

This week-long teen 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 and sample the intertidal zone.
  • Build and deploy oceanographic equipment.
  • Participate in current ongoing scientific research on Hurricane Island.
  • Learn about the lobster industry and pull traps.
  • Practice sustainable living andlearn about the systems and technologies that support our Island community, from solar panels to composting.
  • Identify organisms and learn about their adaptations and how they

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.

 

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. 

Financial Aid

At the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership we are committed to providing financial assistance to students interested in our programs. Thanks to generous support from our donors, we are able to provide support to students who are excited about learning and doing science on Hurricane regardless of their financial status. Please fill out the financial aid application form below and please don't hesitate to contact us (programs@hurricaneisland.net) if you have any questions.

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