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


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