Facilities & Campus

Located in the Isles of Shoals, six miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, SML offers a unique remote field experience for students and researchers alike! Learn more about our campus, lab facilities, vessels, and sustainability efforts below.

Island Campus

Students, faculty, researchers, visitors, and island staff live, work, and learn together on the 95-acre campus from May-September each year. The campus includes dorm-style housing, a main common area and dining hall, as well as research laboratories and waterfront operations.

Facilities & Vessels

95-acre Appledore Island is home to the SML campus and waterfront. 14 buildings, 2 large research vessels, and a fleet of smaller boats provide classroom, laboratory, and research space for students, researchers, and island visitors.

Safety at Shoals

At SML, we strive to ensure our community is safe and aware of potential hazards living on a remote and rocky island. Please take the time to review this page in preparation for your visit.

Sustainability Initiatives

SML proudly promotes and practices sustainability wherever and whenever possible. From energy conservation, to green energy technology (solar panels, wind turbine), to water conservation, recycling, and on-island composting – Appledore residents strive to be sustainable island stewards.

Celia Thaxter's Garden

This restored, historic island garden is the most celebrated, cultural icon of Appledore Island. Maintained by the Shoals Marine Laboratory's staff, the public is welcome to visit the garden on guided tours.


SML has a variety of maps of both Appledore Island, its facilities, and the Isles of Shoals.


Hover cursor over map, and zoom out to view Appledore Island's location in the Isles of Shoals, Gulf of Maine.

Live Island Stats

Appledore Webcam

View a live feed of our island campus from the Radar Tower here!

Sustainability Dashboard

Appledore's power grid, including solar, wind, generator, and battery status, has a live usage dashboard here.

Tide Charts

Tides for Gosport Harbor, NH
Tides for Portsmouth, NH

Current Weather

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