Visiting Groups

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Shoals Marine Laboratory offers a limited number of dates available for visiting educational groups during the summer season. If you are interested in bringing a group to Appledore Island, please contact our main office to begin planning as early as possible.


Requirements for bringing a group to SML

  • Intertidaling students

    Students explore the intertidal zone.
    (photo by Jan Factor)

    Group leaders: should have prior experience bringing a group to Appledore Island (knowledge of the island and SML facilities).

  • Confirmation Letter: Trips are reserved once group leaders receive a signed confirmation letter from SML staff outlining all trip details and a fee estimate.
  • Passenger Manifest: Group leaders must provide a passenger manifest with all participant names at least 2-weeks before the trip.
  • Release Forms: Group leaders are responsible for making sure participants sign/complete all release forms.


Planning details

  • Date(s) for trip
  • Desired departure time from Portsmouth, NH
  • Desired return time back to Portsmouth, NH
  • Number of participants expected (Note: SML vessels have strict passenger capacities)
  • All paricipant names, including parent/guardian contact info for all minors (under 18 years old)
  • Programming and/or tour needs on-island:
    • Include any field work, specimen collection, etc.
    • SML staff can provide a trip itinerary, if desired.
  • Food/beverage services, if required. (additional cost)
  • Optional: select a bad weather/raindate

Fees and Billing

Vising groups will be invoiced by the SML office after the trip. Payment must be received in a timely fashion. Invoices will be processes through the UNH-EOS Business Service Center.


ISLSI Pakistan 2015

2015 Highlight!

Igniting Streams of Learning in Science (ISLSI) from Hiram College in Ohio brought 30 high school students, 5 high school teachers, and 5 undergraduates from Pakistan, together with 12 American mentors for 6 days on Appledore Island. Here's the final group photo with SML students and ISLSI after "Cultural Night" in Kiggins Commons!