Visiting Groups

COVID-19 UPDATE: SML must prioritize the health and safety of the Appledore Island campus for our Academic Programs in 2021. As such, we will not be hosting visiting groups this year. We apologize for this inconvenience. To view our COVID-19 updates and information, please click here. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022!  

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!