SML Alumni & Friends Weekend

Alumni and Friends Weekend has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please join us for a virtual event at 7 PM on August 20 - details below.

SML Online Viewing Party
Thursday, August 20, 7:00 PM

Whether you're alumni, faculty, a researcher from the past, a Rock Talk audience member, or someone interested in marine science education - we welcome you to join us for an end of summer viewing party. This season has reminded us of the value of connecting with our community. Between online classes, research, and stunning multimedia content of Appledore Island, we've got plenty of exciting things to share. Click the link to register and learn more about the event.

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Building off the momentum of SML's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2016, and inspired by the stories and memories of so many Shoalers, this event is meant to bring together our community and celebrate how much SML means to all of us! Whether you are an SML alum from our very first class or from our most recent class, a long-time volunteer, a current or former faculty member, or one of our many friends and supporters in the community, we welcome you to SML's Alumni & Friends Weekend!

Join us for a relaxing weekend connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and exploring Appledore Island. Families are welcome! Introduce your loved ones to the magic of Appledore, and show them the island and laboratories that have generated so many nostalgic memories.

Trek through the intertidal, tour Celia Thaxter's Garden, learn about SML's ongoing sustainability projects and upgrades, and more! If you prefer to spend your days chatting on the porch in the splendid late-summer sun, you can! This weekend is for you! Click here to view a full album of our 50th Anniversary celebrations to give you a sense for all the fun to be had.

If you can't make it this year, don't worry! We plan to make this an annual event over a weekend in early September each year.

2020 Labor Day Weekend Dates and Rates:

Friday, September 4  - Monday, September 7: $400 per adult/$300 per child
Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6: $300 per adult/$200 per child

photo of a group of people at SML's 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in 2016.50th Anniversary group photo thanks to David Murray of Clear Eye Photo


Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Register
September 4, 2020 September 7, 2020 Friday, August 28, 2020 Register

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$400 (adult), $300 (child under 18) Fri-Mon; $300 (adult), $200 (child under 18) Fri-Sun

Prices are per person. Includes room and all meals, snacks and beverages, weekend activities, and round-trip boat fare between Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. Space is limited due to our vessel and housing capacities, so reserve your spot soon!


(603) 862-5346

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