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.

Dates: July 30 - August 5, 2018


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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?!

Dates: August 20 - 22, 2018


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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

Dates: August 20 - 23, 2018



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Appledore Island Writer's Retreat

In the footsteps of Thaxter, Emerson, and Thoreau... look, listen, imagine, and then translate from the natural world into new writing. Through a combination of guided exercises, prompts, and individual writing time, this program will immerse you in the historical and natural environment that has inspired Isles of Shoals authors, artists, and academics for generations. Writing may range from the experimental to the reportorial and documentary, whether poetry, prose, or hybrid forms.

Dates: August 20 - 24, 2018

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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!

Dates: August 27 - 31, 2018


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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!

Dates: August 29 - 31, 2018


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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!

Dates: September 1 - 3, 2018


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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.

Dates: September 3-5, 2018




SML Artist-in-Residence Program

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Art in a science classroom.

Artists have been inspired by Appledore Island’s remote and beautiful landscape since the nineteenth century. Students engaged in scientific study come to Shoals Marine Laboratory to unlock mysteries of ecology of the marine world. This shared passion for keen observation and interpretation of nature creates a natural collaboration between artists and scientists. To facilitate this partnership, SML has created the Shoals Artist-in-Residence (Shoals AIR) program.

Application Deadline: each spring by April 1