Adult & Family Programs

Appledore Island Writer's Retreat

The Isles of Shoals, and Appledore Island in particular, have exerted a pull on authors and writers for hundreds of years. Naturalists, Transcendentalists, and now Environmental Scientists, have found inspiration and insight in the Isles’ subtle combinations of starkness and abundance, wave and shore, light and sound. Bell buoys, a lighthouse, and nesting gulls fill the air with their calls and alarms. Waves and kelps constantly redefine the rocky, striking shoreline, alternately sheltering and exposing intertidal animal life. Migratory songbirds carry seeds from the mainland to the sunlit island soil. In the presence of such beauty and interconnectedness, it is easy to imagine oneself into the history and environment of Appledore, easy to wonder at the nuance and correspondance, and easy to start writing it all down.

Dates: August 21 - 24, 2017



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Tide pool fun for all!


SeaSHOALS: Marine Science Education for Families

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 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 make thrilling discoveries about marine science!

Dates: August 25 - 27, 2017


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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 28 - 30, 2017


crystal lake
Nature's Canvas

Seascapes and Landscapes

Since the late nineteenth century, Appledore Island has been a haven for artists. Immerse yourself in this spectacular setting for a week of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography with natural scenes of the Isles of Shoals as your palette! Receive daily instruction with a focus on composition, color and using photography as source material. Photography walks, evening or rainy day printmaking demonstrations, and an art exhibition along with opportunities to learn about marine life and explore Appledore Island will round-out the week’s activities.

Dates: August 28 - September 1, 2017


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Breathtaking Setting.

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

The Isles of Shoals have always embodied both opportunity and sense of place! From the cod fishermen of the early 1600's to the glamorous Appledore House of the nineteenth century to today's world-class Shoals Marine Lab, Appledore Island in particular has played host to people with a deep connection to their food and the natural world. Join this unique retreat, which brings together ecologists and chefs to interpret the Isles of Shoals abundance of natural gifts. Come, with your appetite for food and knowledge!

Dates: September 2-4, 2017


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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: August 14 - 20, 2017.


SML Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence
Photo credit: Jennifer Seavey

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: April 1, 2017