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.


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


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)