Workshops, Events & Other Programs

There are a variety of programs for adult learners, professional development opportunities for educators, and fun events on Hurricane Island! Please check out our Program Schedule to see what we already have scheduled for 2018 or read below to learn about the different program opportunities on Hurricane.

Bird Banding Workshops

We offer a 7-day introductory course and a 4-day advanced course for both amateur birders and professional biologists to learn the mist-netting and banding skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs. These programs feature both hands on experience and in-classroom lectures and discussions.

Wilderness Medical Associates Certification Courses

Become certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or extend your EMS training.


Spend 2 days on beautiful Hurricane Island gaining first-hand understanding of Permaculture design with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design. Participants will learn how to design their home gardens for resilience and sustainability.   

Courage Earth Retreat

Explore the intersection of our natural and built worlds and how we can learn from “nature as architect.” If you are concerned about our collective mistreatment of our environment and would you like to reconnect with nature, experience a sense of renewal, share a love for the outdoors with kindred spirits and committed peers, and explore actions that you can take in your own life to steward our environment, please join us on Hurricane! 

Learning Retreat for School Leaders

Our 3-day retreat is designed to support school leaders tackling the real challenges they face, within an invigorating and supportive environment. The retreat will help participants acquire new leadership skills, provide time for action planning and the creation of specific plans of improvement.  Participants will work in their own teams as well as in other groupings guided by skilled facilitators, who will assist with your leadership planning.

Teacher/Educator Day

We are offering a free trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.  If you are a teacher or administrator who would like to learn more about our professional development programs, school programs, and summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day!

Unearthing the quarry town: an archaeological inventory of Hurricane Island

Come learn about Hurricane Island's history as a quarry town and help participate in the archaeological inventory that is already occurring on the island.

Farm-to-Table Dinners

Join us for an exquisite farm-to-table dinner on Hurricane Island. We will be celebrating with the bounty of our beautiful gardens, the skill and artistry of scratch cooking, and the incredible scenery of Hurricane Island. The dinner is prepared and presented by Hurricane Island's culinary team and features locally sourced ingredients.

Volunteer Days

Interested in donning work gloves and spending the day on Hurricane Island? We are looking for hearty volunteers interested in gardening, trail maintenance, shingling, painting, cabin improvement, and other projects around the island! In return for a little sweat equity, we will provide you with free lunch and time to hike and explore the island at the end of the day!


If you are looking for summer student program opportunities, please click here.