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Hurricane Island History & Exploration
September 7, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:15 pm$125
In 2005, Hurricane Island, the 125-acre island ten miles southeast of Rockland, began the third act of its significant role in the life of midcoast Maine. From 1870 until its sudden closure in 1914, the island supported an active quarry and a community of nearly 1,000. In its very different second act it became the Maine island base of the Outward Bound School which moved off the island to Wheeler Bay in St. George in 2006. And now since 2009, it is the home of the Hurricane Island Foundation Center for Science and Leadership – off shore, off line, off the grid, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation.
We will board John Morin’s boat, Equinox, in Rockland at 9:30 a.m. for the hour-plus trip to Hurricane. There we will tour the island, learn from experts about the history of the quarry and its community and the 40-year history of Outward Bound on the island, and meet some of the staff and learn about the wonderful work of the Hurricane Island Foundation. They will prepare a lunch for us from food grown on the island, and we can see firsthand how this community, functioning completely off the grid, is dedicated “to living together as a year-round, self-sustaining community with science and education at its heart.”
The program will include several short hikes. Participants should be able to get in and out of the boat and walk unaided over uneven terrain. Please wear stable walking/hiking shoes and bring your own water for the walks. If it’s a warm day, bring your bathing suit for a possible swim. Departure from the island will be at 3:15 p.m.
Host: Susan St. John
Limit: 23 guests