Public Programs

Our 2022 season is over. Thank you for an amazing summer of public programs! We will be posting schedules for 2023 programs later this year. Please check back for updates!

Place-based, immersive programs that promote wise stewardship.

Get your feet wet at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) this summer! Join SML's learning community on Appledore Island: spend a day, weekend, or overnight in nature, cultural history, art, and rugged beauty of the Isles of Shoals. SML offers an array of programs that provide the general public, families, and visiting groups with the ability to explore a wide range of topics in an island setting known for its history and unique flora and fauna.

Appledore Island History and Public Access

Overnight Programs

Shoals Marine Laboratory offers adult and family education programs on a wide variety of topics with leading experts and scientists. Come explore the Island's rich history, rocky shore, seabirds, historic garden, tide pools, and remote landscape.


Celia Thaxter's Garden Tours

This special day trip will transport you back in time to Celia's garden, awash in color, surrounded by the sea.

  • Follow Celia's footsteps to her reconstructed island garden on Appledore Island
  • Learn about the history of the Isles of Shoals
  • Boat trip, lunch and guided tour provided

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Appledore Island Walking Tours

Travel to Appledore Island aboard the UNH's research vessel R/V Gulf Challenger. Spend an action packed day with UNH marine docents as your guides as you explore the natural history of the island. Look down to magnificent rock formations of eons past and up to the sky filled with birds that live on the island today.  Pack your lunch and get ready to explore Appledore Island!


Visiting Groups

SML's island facilities are open to visiting educational and school groups from May-August. June and July are our busiest months, but a limited number of time slots may be available depending upon the needs of SML's academic programs. Day trips and overnight excursions offer visitors a true taste of island life!


Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Installation 2016

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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