Adult & Family Programs

Listed in chronological order by start date during the summer:

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Dock-side lab work.

Marine Science for Teachers Workshop

An amazing opportunity for New Hampshire's middle and high school science teachers! Participate in an intensive week-long marine science workshop that will explore how teachers can utilize inquiry-based marine science activities to address appropriate Next Generation Science Standards. Group projects, lesson plan building, and curriculum alignment exercises. Professional Development credits (CEUs) awarded.


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Tide pool fun for all!


SeaSHOALS: Marine Science Education for Families

Roll-up your sleeves and register for a SeaSHOALS adventure in the Isles of Shoals! This introductory program, designed for first-time Shoalers, includes a weekend full of "family-friendly" activities based at the Shoals Marine Laboratory. SeaSHOALS is an amazing opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the special children in their lives, to immerse themselves in marine science! Are you ready to dive in?!


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Breathtaking setting.

Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-Culinary Island Retreat

Foodies rejoice! In this unique retreat, we bring together ecologists and chefs to interpret the many natural gifts the Isles of Shoals have to offer. From plant foraging in edible uplands, to fishing with rod & reel, to kelp collecting in the intertidal zone, you will gain a deep appreciation for local, sustainable cuisine. Featuring award-winning chefs, Evan Mallett (Black Trumpet, Portsmouth) and Sam Hayward (Fore Street, Portland). Bring your appetite for food and knowledge!


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Explore Appledore!

Shoals Ecology: Seabirds, Seals & Seaweed

The best of everything Shoals has to offer! An adult program geared towards science exploration in three subject areas: ornithology, marine mammals, and intertidal species. This is a great survey program for adults who have never been to the Isles of Shoals, and for those who want to return to their island ecology roots!


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Haley House.


Shoals History and Archaeology

Participate in an archeological dig on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine! Spend half-days working on the excavation near the Haley House, afternoons taking walking tours of historical sites on Smuttynose and other Shoals islands, and evenings learning about life on Smuttynose from the 1600's to the 1800's through pottery, domestic animal bones, buttons, coins and other finds from the Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project.



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Photo by David Forsyth.

Isles of Shoals Birding Trip

Join NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel, Biologists Becky Suomala and Diane De Luca, and the staff at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island for a three-day birding adventure! Two nights on Appledore Island will give us the opportunity to explore the diversity of the islands. Over 200 species of songbirds, seabirds, and waterfowl occur on Appledore as migrants – making it a perfect spot to observe fall movements.




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Wendy Turner's art.

Seascapes and Landscapes

Join local visual artists, Wendy Turner and Barbara Houtson, for a week of drawing, painting, and printmaking. Use the rugged seascapes and landscapes of the Isles of Shoals as your palette. Work at your own pace. Daily demos, cross-island treks, evening or rainy day printmaking instruction, and an art exhibition – with island ecology mixed in throughout the week!