2019 Summer Programs

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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

Click below to learn more about our programs - Registration is now open

Middle School - Entering Grades 7-8 in 2019

  • Adventure Art (July 14th - 20th, 2019)

  • Island Ecology (July 14th - 20th, 2019)

  • Marine Biology (July 21st - 27th, 2019)

High School - Entering Grades 9-12 in 2019

  • Marine Biology (July 7th - July 13th, 2019)

  • Island Ecology (July 7th - July 13th, 2019)

  • Advanced Marine Biology (July 28th - August 10th, 2019) ***ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 10-12 in 2019

  • Women of Water (July 21st - August 3rd, 2019)

  • Sustainability Leadership (July 28th - August 10th, 2019)

Specialty Programs (collaborations with other organizations)

 

2019 Summer Youth Program Registration is now open!


2019 Summer Programs for Middle School Students

*All Alumni get $100 of their program cost...any time!*

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE!

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 Adventure Art

Adventure Art (July 14th-20th) - For students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2019

$1450 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming

NEW for 2019!

This week-long youth nature art 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 a variety of ways to express yourself artistically.  

  • Play with perception and how we see things in our surroundings

  • Learn techniques to draw from the world around you and from Hurricane’s nature collections of animals and plants.

  • Explore scientific illustration and keep a naturalist notebook

  • Create natural dyes, fish prints, and algae and plant presses

  • Collaborate with guest artists and other students as you develop your portfolio

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 Marine Biology

Marine Biology (July 21st-27th) - For students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2019

$1450 - 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 14th - July 20th) - For students entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2019

$1450 - 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 projects.

  • 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.

 

2019 Summer Youth Program Registration is now open!


2019 Summer Programs for High School Students

*All Alumni get $100 of their program cost...any time!*

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE!

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.

 

High School Island Ecology

Island Ecology (July 7th - July 13th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

$1450 - 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 28th - August 10th) - For students entering grades 10-12 in Fall 2019

$2550 - 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 (July 28th - August 10th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

$2550 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming

This two-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 7th - July 13th) - For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

$1450 - 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.


Women of Water (WoW)

HS young women entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

DATES: July 21-August 3

$2100 - All inclusive of transportation to and from Rockland Harbor and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

This program is an integrated two-week STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for High School young women from Maine and beyond. 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 the sailing vessel Boyd N. Sheppard. Students will start their experience on Hurricane Island, learning about each other, the scientific process, collecting data, and developing their independent research projects. They will leave Hurricane in the second week to set sail with Captain Katie and her crew on the Boyd N. Sheppard, transitioning from the Island to doing science at sea! The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings in Rockland, open to the public, families, and staff. 

This program was created with the intention of creating a long-lasting and broad-reaching program that focuses on providing young women with STEM experiences. One of the goals of this program is to foster environmental awareness and encourage students to return to their homes and schools as advocates and leaders for continued education, research, and collaboration. 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! 


Maine Student Programs

Maine students are eligible for ALL of our programs but we have special programs just for Maine students that we work with other organizations to design and deliver. Check out these opportunities below!


Penobscot Bay Leadership Collaborative (PBLC)

2019 DATES TBD FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CREWS

The Apprenticeshop, the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (HICSL), and the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) have united around a shared vision: to foster the development of character and inspire a curiosity for science and craftsmanship for midcoast Maine youth. Through hands on engagement in seamanship, science and sailing we hope to inspire innovation, curiosity and develop leadership that will have a lasting impact in the community.

The program is open to rising 8th and 9th grade male and female students in the Midcoast region, from Waldoboro to Northport.  Students from out of this target region are encouraged to apply, and we will place them on a waitlist. If there are course spots available after May 15, 2018 we will open them up to waitlisted students.    

Please contact Phoebe Jekielek at phoebe@hurricaneisland.net or 207-867-6050 with questions.

 

Join us for Family Weekend in 2019!

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership offers a weekend 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 2019?

  • August 16th-18th, 2019

  • Depart Rockland to Hurricane at 4pm on the 16th

  • Depart Hurricane to Rockland at 3pm on the 18th

What is the cost?

  • Cost: $250/adult, $125/child (ages 4-15)

  • 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.


 

 

Women of Water (WoW)

High School young women entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

Cost $2100 - All inclusive of transportation departing from and returning to Rockland, Maine, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE!

This program is an integrated two-week STEM-based marine biology and sailing program for High School young women from Maine and beyond. 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 the sailing vessel Boyd N. Sheppard. Students will start their experience on Hurricane Island, learning about each other, the scientific process, collecting data, and developing their independent research projects. They will leave Hurricane in the second week to set sail with Captain Katie and her crew on the Boyd N. Sheppard, transitioning from the Island to doing science at sea! The program will culminate in a community presentation of student findings in Rockland, open to the public, families, and staff. 

This program was created with the intention of creating a long-lasting and broad-reaching program that focuses on providing young women with STEM experiences. One of the goals of this program is to foster environmental awareness and encourage students to return to their homes and schools as advocates and leaders for continued education, research, and collaboration. 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!

July 21st - August 3rd, 2019

2019 SCHEDULE

July 21: Boat departs from HICSL mainland office in AM
July 21-July 29: Hurricane Island
July 29-Aug 3: At sea aboard sailing vessel Boyd N. Sheppard
Aug 3: Vessel docks in Rockland harbor, students present about their experience for families and community members on board Boyd N. Sheppard or an indoor location (weather dependent)


Pen-Bay Leadership Program
for Middle School

Seamanship, Science, and Sailing

This 14-day immersive course takes ten local scholarship students on a midcoast learning adventure.

July 15th-28th, 2019, Cost $2500

Financial Aid Available, Click here for more information and registration


In this adventure, three midcoast organizations come together to provide ten local boys with full scholarships and a rare opportunity to experience three exceptional programs rolled into one. Kicking off in Rockland, Maine, students will spend three days at The Apprenticeshop learning the basics of sailing and seamanship during the day and staying overnight at Wheeler Bay basecamp. On the fourth day of the course, we shift gears and locations, transferring students to the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (HICSL) where they spend the next few days living on the island and getting involved in a variety of projects to help them understand the ecosystems of Penobscot Bay and human impacts on the environment. On the final leg of the program, students will load all their gear and food for four days to an Outward Bound 30-foot open sailboat, which serves as home and classroom as they apply the skills they've learned to their final expedition. Through living and working closely together, students will learn far more than seamanship and scientific method. The habits learned and strengthened through this adventure will serve students for life, and for whatever challenge is next.

This course is offered for rising 8th and 9th grade boys in 2019 and for girls in 2020.



Program Details

Overall Experience:

Regular group discussions throughout the course will allow for reflection on each day’s progress, and ensure that leadership and group responsibilities are shared so that every participant is integral to overall experience. Through living and working closely together, students will learn far more than seamanship and scientific method. The habits learned and strengthened through this adventure will serve students for life, and for whatever challenge is next.

Apprenticeshop

Students will learn the basics of navigation, knots, weather, rowing, sailing and woodworking skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of sailing and rowing craft and their time will be divided between time on (and even in) the water and working project time in the shop itself. Participation in group challenges and activities designed to foster team related skills will round out their time at the Apprenticeshop and form the foundation the group will build on as they move through the rest of the program. During this part of the program, students will be staying at Wheeler Bay and transported each day to/from the Apprenticeshop. On the last day of their program, students will be transported via boat to Hurricane Island.

Hurricane Island

On Hurricane Island students will be involved in a variety of projects to help them understand the ecosystems of Penobscot Bay and human impacts on the environment.  Students will also spend time developing their own research that they will implement throughout the rest of the program and present at the final celebration.  This work will be integrated with activities to explore the island, reflect on their experiences, and develop as individual leaders and a team. Students will be living and learning on Hurricane Island throughout this part of the program. They will depart from Hurricane Island via pulling boat on the last day of the program for the final leg of the experience.

Outward Bound

Students will load all their gear and food for four days on to a 30-foot open sailboat.  Students will take the skills they have learned throughout the program and apply them to expedition sailing, including conducting onboard research. They will row or sail everyday, developing additional skills as they travel along their planned route. On board, they will carry all they need: stoves, shelters, food and water, etc. Bathing will occur daily with an ocean swim.

Final Celebration

Students will arrive at Wheeler Bay for the culminating celebration with enough time to clean the boat, process their experience, and analyze the data they have collected on the expedition.  Students will participate in a final challenge activity and then reunite with their parents for the festivities. The final celebration will include student presentation reflecting on their time in the course as a team, their personal growth, and the results of their research.  


COURSE SKILLS

Seamanship and Sailing

  • Boat handling skills, sailing and seamanship

  • Rowing

  • Coastal piloting and navigation

  • Coastal cruising and live aboard skills

  • Tides, currents, and weather forecasting

  • Anchoring

Craftsmanship and building with wood

  • Tools, purpose, using safely

  • Designing projects

  • The building process

STEM Skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

  • Engineering design

  • Observation

  • Scientific questioning

  • Data collection and analysis in the field

  • Marine biology and ecology

Rock Climbing (weather dependent)

  • Belaying and rope handling

  • System safety

  • Climbing technique

  • Rappelling

Group Dynamics

  • Leadership and decision making

  • Followership and expedition behavior

  • Communication and conflict resolution

  • Goal setting

Expedition Skills

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Safety management and basic first aid

  • On board shelter construction

  • Outdoor cooking

  • Nutrition and rationing

  • Conservation practices

  • Ropes and knots

  • Leave No Trace wilderness ethics

If you would like to help support scholarships for students to this program please consider donating now!

DONATE TO PBLC

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 $1,450 and our 2-week Advanced Marine Biology course is $2,550. 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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