SeaSHOALS: Marine Science Education for Families

Kids Ahoy!
Fun for the whole family!

Did you ever wonder what it's like to be a marine biologist? If your answer is "Yes," then roll-up your sleeves and register for a SeaSHOALS adventure to the Isles of Shoals, one of the Maine/NH Seacoast's most intriguing destinations! This introductory program, designed for first-time Shoalers, includes "family-friendly" activities based at the world-renowned Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island. SeaSHOALS is an amazing opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the special children in their lives, to immerse themselves in marine science! Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Collect intertidal organisms and OBSERVE their unique adaptations using state of the art lab equipment
  • Go cruising aboard a Shoals research vessel to learn about Harbor and Grey seals on nearby Duck Island
  • Stroll along the trails of Appledore to explore the resident seabirds, and witness, first-hand, all the quirky and fascinating behaviors of Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls
  • Delve into the history and lore of the Isles of Shoals archipelago

Age limit: This unique, and life-changing experience is designed for children 7+ years old. (SeaSHOALS is not suited for children younger than age 7.) 

All children must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for supervising the child during the entire stay on Appledore Island. Family groups are fine (2 parents + 3 children), and adults need not be directly related to children (e.g. friend of the family is OK).

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation received

  • At least 30 days before departure = 100% refund
  • 29-15 days before departure =  50% refund
  • Less than 15 days before departure = 0%


Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Register
August 25, 2017 August 27, 2017


Carol Steingart
Past president, Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) and Owner of Coast Encounters, LLC.

'Coastal Carol' has been leading programs for families on Appledore Island for over a decade. Her passion for the marine environment is infectious, stemming from her time on Appledore Island as an undergraduate student in a course at Shoals Marine Laboratory!


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Price is person (adult or child). Includes room and all meals, snacks and beverages, field trips, supplies and round-trip transportation between Portsmouth and Appledore Island. Families signing up together will share dorm rooms which house either 2 or 4 to a room.


(603) 862-5346
Happy children aboard the R/V John B. Heiser at Shoals [Photo by K.C. Peck]