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. (Sorry, not open to Maine teachers at this time!)

photo of Teachers Water Sampling
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.


$100 workshop fee 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 Portsmsouth, 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!


If you are interested in applying for the workshop but have questions, please contact


Mark Wiley
Assistant Director for Marine Education, NH Sea Grant; UNH Cooperative Extension Emeritus Extension Associate Professor/Specialist, Youth/Family; Director of the UNH Marine Docent Program

Mark Wiley has been a member of the Shoals family for over 30 years, having first visited Appledore Island as a college student in one of SML's marine science courses! Mark worked at UNH as part of NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, directing marine education programs. Mark taught high school biology, environmental science, and math for 10 years at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, and has designed professional development for educators at Measured Progress. He has extensive experience aboard research vessels and in the rocky intertidal zone of New England's coasts, and has a master's degree in natural resource management from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, Mark serves as a faculty member for SML's Shoals Ecology adult education program as well as a mentor for undergraduates in SML's Science Education Internship.

photo of Mark Wiley with teaching aboard UNH research vesselMark Wiley teaching aboard the R/V Gulf Challenger (photo thanks to NH Sea Grant)
photo of Marine Science for Teachers Workshop participantsTeachers aboard the R/V Heiser (photo thanks to Curtis Schnare)
photo of Teachers in the field with Mark WileyMarine science education "on the rocks"! (photo thanks to Curtis Schnare)

Event Type


Price is per person. This non-refundable workshop fee includes overnight accommodations, all meals, field trips, supplies, round-trip transportation between Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island, and CEUs.


(603) 862-5346