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

  • 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

Early bird discount until March 1st!! Get $75 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 $100)

*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 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! We will have an Adventure Art program for students to explore new ways of expressing themselves through a variety of mediums and methods on Hurricane Island. From creating natural dyes to use on fabric, exploring scientific illustration, keeping a naturalist notebook, pressing algae and plants, creating fish prints….. and the list goes on. It will be a busy week! More details coming soon!


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

REGISTER TODAY

EARLY EARLY BIRD discount of $100 until December 31!! Early Bird discount of $75 if you register between January 1 and March 1, 2019!!

*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.

 

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.


Maine Student Programs

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

Women of the Sea (WOTS)

Women Of The Sea (DATES TBD FOR 2019) - For Maine young women entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019

$2000 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland, Boothbay Harbor, and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE! Please use this form for all WOTS financial aid requests.

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! 


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.

 

Penobscot Bay Leadership Collaborative

2019 DATES TBD, Cost $2500

Financial Aid Available, See Registration Instructions for more information


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.


2018 Schedule

PBLC Girls Crew Schedule, June 25th - July 8th, $2500

  • June 25 - 27 = At the Apprenticeshop (participants will camp at HIOBS Wheeler Bay and take a van to/from the Apprenticeshop daily)

  • June 28 - July 1 = on Hurricane Island with HICSL

  • July 2 - 8 = on boats with HIOBS (depart Hurricane Island and travel to Wheeler Bay for course end)

 

PBLC Boys Crew Schedule, July 16th - 29th, $2500

  • July 16 - 18 = At the Apprenticeshop (participants will camp at HIOBS Wheeler Bay and take a van to/from the Apprenticeshop daily)

  • July 19 - 22 = on Hurricane Island with HICSL

  • July 23 - 29 = on boats with HIOBS (depart Hurricane Island and travel to Wheeler Bay for course end)

 

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!

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Women of the Sea (WOTS)

Cost $1950 - All inclusive of transportation between Rockland, Boothbay Harbor, and Hurricane Island, housing, meals, snacks, and all programming.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE! Please use this form for all WOTS financial aid requests.

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!

2019 Dates TBD

2018 SCHEDULE

July 14: Boat depart from HICSL mainland office at 10am
July 14-17: All students on Hurricane Island
July 17-21: Group 1 departs aboard Vela for at-sea cruise; Group 2 stays on Hurricane
July 21-23: All students on Hurricane Island
July 23- 27: Group 2 departs aboard Vela for at-sea cruise; Group 1 stays on Hurricane
July 27-28: All students rendezvous at Bigelow Labs to prepare for presentations
July 28: Presentation of Voyage Log and Research Project to Families at Bigelow, 2pm


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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