Volunteer Weekend

Volunteer Weekend 2024 takes place May 17-20.

Volunteers help make the 'Shoals experience' a reality for its participants, and have been an integral part of life on Appledore since the beginning of the lab. Every campus building has at one time been re-painted, re-shingled, and lovingly maintained with the help of our steadfast volunteers. Each year an army of volunteer cleaners scour the campus by washing windows, scrubbing floors, caring for and maintaining microscopes, meters and plankton nets, and more!

Please be sure to consider your ability to travel to Appledore Island and participate. The terrain on the island is rocky and uneven, the weather in the Isles of Shoals can be unpredictable, and the work at times may be strenuous. If you do not feel as though you are able to give back to Shoals Marine Laboratory during volunteer weekend please consider other means of giving to support our students.

Volunteer weekend is a 2-3 night experience. Volunteers will travel to the island on the afternoon of Friday, May 17, departing from Portsmouth. Volunteers will have the option to return from the island on Sunday or Monday.

We do our best to get as many volunteers as possible out to the island to help with the projects we have each season but aren't always able to invite everyone out. Once you have expressed interest via the form, we will contact everyone by April 8 to confirm.

If you are interested in participating, or know of anyone who might be, please fill out the Interest Form by April 1, 2024. 

Interest Form

If you have any questions about the weekend, please email shoals.lab@unh.edu.

Children between the ages of 15 -18 are permitted to attend and volunteer with permission of the SML staff, and must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).