Marine Science for Teachers

An amazing opportunity for New Hampshire's middle and high school science teachers! Participate in an intensive week-long marine science workshop at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine.

Here's what teachers in previous Marine Science for Teachers Workshops had to say:

"This was the most rewarding experience in all the teacher training experiences I have had."

"There wasn't a moment on Appledore that we were not in a marine classroom. This is a full immersion marine biology program for teachers."


Grades 5-12 teachers in New Hampshire schools.

Teachers from out of state are eligible but must pay full room and board costs of $3050.00 for the 2024 season. Contact us at if interested.

Water sampling.

Workshop Topics

The workshop will explore how teachers can utilize inquiry-based marine science activities to address appropriate Next Generation Science Standards. Expect group projects, lesson plan building, and curriculum alignment exercises. Sample workshop topics and activities include:

  • Water quality sampling
  • Intertidal environment (abiotic and biotic factors)
  • How to conduct a transect survey of a habitat
  • Marine mammals
  • Plankton
  • Whale watch

View the 2019 syllabus here.


New Hampshire teachers pay $100 non-refundable fee, which includes all meals, housing in dormitory-style accommodations, all supplies and field trips associated with the workshop, vessel transportation from the SML dock in Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island, and professional development credits (CEUs).


  • Participants will need to cover transportation to the Portsmouth, NH dock, but transportation to the lab and all other on-island expenses will be covered. 
  • Participants would need to reside on Appledore Island at the Shoals Marine Laboratory for the week (7 days, 6 nights). Depending on housing availability at the marine lab, you may be assigned a dorm roommate.
  • No university credit will be offered, but teachers will be able to get professional development credits (CEUs). The workshop will draw upon University of New Hampshire and Shoals Marine Laboratory faculty. 
  • Please visit our Getting to Shoals page for travel and transportation information!

Dates: This program has been cancelled for 2024. We regret any disappointment this may cause.



If you are interested in applying for the workshop but have questions, please contact 603-862-5346


Megan Glenn

Megan Glenn

Megan Glenn is the program manager for the UNH Cooperative Extension STEM Docents. She helps recruit and train community members who are excited to bring STEM education into classrooms and after school programs. She has worked for informal educational programs in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. During this time she coordinated and taught lessons in marine ecology, biology, biotechnology, and history to youth and adults. Megan holds an MS in marine biology from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in environmental science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Donna Collins

Donna Collins

Donna Collins is a middle school science teacher in New Hampshire with a lifelong interest in how things work especially things related to the rocks, trees, birds, shorelines and oceans.  Donna has degrees in Environmental Science, Computer Science and a Masters in Education along with a teaching experience that spans 30 years including special education and project based learning.  Donna is also a member of the board of the NH Science Teachers Association and has been nominated three times for the Diocese of NH Teacher of the Year.
Favorite teaching quote: “If we are all having fun, then good things are happening, even some learning.”