Summer 2014 Sustainability Internships

January 28th, 2014

Your favorite color doesn’t have to be green, but that would be rather awesome. Star Island is looking for people to fill two new internships starting in 2014. Both internships will work under the auspices of the Green Gosport Initiative and interact with guests and staff to further develop our understanding of island systems, and how best to utilize resources.

Learn more about these internship opportunities:

  • Sustainable Food and Waste Systems Intern
  • Sustainability/Environmental Education Intern
  • These internships are intended for current college students seeking college credit and a memorable summer experience.

    Click here to learn more about the Green Gosport Initiative.

    Strategic Map to Guide Star Through 2016

    January 13th, 2014

    Strategic Map Profile Imageby Sharon Kennedy, President

    In 2014, Star Island embarks on a new three year strategic plan with community, economic, environment, and stewardship goals at its core. Our plan is the result of many individuals within our Shoaler community working together. It also demonstrates our connections with the principles of the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

    Our new strategic map, and it truly is our map, lays out objectives to accomplish by the end of 2016.

    The four goals share the common purpose of achieving the sustainability, and enhancing the vitality, of Star Island. Just as we are all connected as Shoalers, this map and its objectives depend on one another in order to succeed. There are several common threads throughout our strategic map, and together these threads weave a strong fabric. For example, enhancing the interconnectivity between conferences, via the Council of Conferences and other methods, can spark ideas to expand island amenities. And as Corporation membership grows, a deeply engaged Shoaler community is more likely to support our goals and growth efforts through annual, capital and planned giving.

    The goals and their objectives point us to a sustainable model with full conferences, an engagedcommunity, and an eye towards innovative preservation of our traditions. You and I both know how important Star Island is, and this three year map is our guide to a stronger future. While we will keep you apprised of our progress in the interim, I look forward to celebrating with you in 2016 the successes we will have achieved together.

    Learn more about the “Corporation” side of Star Island and membership by viewing our Membership page.

    We’re Free of Zombies

    October 31st, 2013

    Zombie Free Star Island

    In the event of a zombie attack, please remember Star Island as one of New England’s treasured gems for rest, relaxation and spiritual renewal. Located just 6 miles off New Hampshire’s coast, Star Island is the perfect location to spend your days and watch the sunrises and sunsets knowing that you’re safe from the undead. With history dating back thousands of years, Star Island will prove to be your community oasis. We’re best reached by boat or any floating apparatus that’s handy. As you prepare for the zombie apocolypse, choose Star Island for your retreat.


    Star Island is already known for its rustic yet adequate accommodations, so if you make it to Star you’ll be living in as much luxury as anyone else really. Our comfortable beds are found throughout the island in various settings: the Oceanic Hotel, Gosport House, and cottages dotting the long boardwalk. Clean linens are available right off the laundry room and come in many varities that will delight anyone escaping the walking dead.


    Throughout the past few years Star Island has done a lot of work creating a more sustainable island with food in mind. New gardens have been planted and will be ready for you to either help harvest or maintain throughout your stay. Since Star Island is surrounded by the ocean, rowboats will be made available to any sane person who wishes to fish, trap lobster, or otherwise forage for seafood. The island also holds a number of cookbooks that can guide people in preparing meals with island resources. And anything that remains from our snackbar at the end of the season is fair game.


    We won’t be scheduling any ferry runs to and from Star Island because, well, that’s just a bit unwise (wouldn’t you agree?). You’ll have to find your own method of getting to Star. So whether that’s a sailboat, a rowboat, or a raft just make sure you’re ready for an ocean voyage of several miles.


    Don’t worry about Star Island’s resources. We already make our own drinking water, and we have a pretty extensive rain water collection system. We’re also continuing to work on installing solar panels. Let’s just say, we’re not officially preparing for a zombie apocolypse, but we’ve got it covered when it happens.


    Since world markets will be collapsing, we’ll be relying on the barter system for payment. So bring what you think can be traded. Things we’ll most likely be looking for: chocolate, avocados, and batteries.


    Star Island is well known for its summer programs that bring people together to form a dynamic community based on the principles of the Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ. We’ll continue to offer those programs with varied themes and workshops as our population permits. Evening chapel services will occur as scheduled.

    Happy Halloween!

    The Secret Lives of Birds and Turtles

    Natural History Conference

    Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, June 30

    Guest speaker Chris Swarth has studied the secret lives of turtles and birds for over 30 years. He’ll discuss the ecology and conservation of these creatures and will lead excursions to observe animals and birds. Did you know that turtles can live and mate for 80 years and seabirds off Star Island come from as far away as Greenland and Antarctica? Children are now welcome to NHC under supervision of a parent or guardian.

    Financial aid scholarships available by application with the registrar with recommended deadline of March 10.

    Guest Speaker: Christopher Swarth, wetland ecologist and ornithologist; Director, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, Maryland
    Minister: Rev. Chris Holton Jablonski and Rev. Lauren Smith

    Registering for this conference

    Make the check out to: Natural History Conference
    Registrar: Ellen Campbell, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (207) 843-5858, 280 Lower Dedham Road, Holden, ME 04429
    Financial Aid: Scholarships available by application with the registrar with recommended deadline of March 10.

    Farm to Fork - Sink Your Teeth into Finding Health, Community and Sustainability through Food

    Natural History Conference

    Saturday, June 25 to Saturday, July 2

    The previous theme of our conference, “Mother Nature and the Next Generation” dealt with concerns that our young people are not exposed enough to the natural world. They are cooped up in the safety of our homes with every electronic gadget to entertain and teach them, but they lack contact with the real world around them. We have taken that concept a step further with our new theme; “Farm to Fork…Sink Your Teeth into Finding Health, Community and Sustainability through Food”. We believe that this disconnection from nature is also responsible for the disconnection with understanding our own natural bodies and how to feed them…right down to misconceptions about the very nature of food production. Many of us (especially today’s youth) live in a “plastic” world, eating processed “plastic” foods. Our original theme dealt with a concern that our children are starving for communion with nature…our new theme will address this from a totally new angle. (more…)

    Water as a Resource and a Right

    International Affairs Family Conference

    Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, July 30

    Water is a simple substance, but a complex issue. Expert speakers will explore aspects of this fundamental natural resource, crucial to all of life. Join “old shoalers” and new friends in sharing a welcoming community, vital traditions, provocative exchanges of ideas, fun activities, inspirational worship and the joy of Star Island’s natural beauty.


    Star’s Greening

    October 26th, 2010

    As part of global work day on 10/10/10 to bring attention to climate change, Star’s close up crew as part of the P.O.S.S. E. (pelicans on star supporting the environment) planted garden.’s Global Work Party was a worldwide event supporting environmental initiatives. Pictured here are Dave Goldman, Drew Clark, Peter Duran, Jason Knight, and Jeff Cullinane.

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    Star Island is one of the rocky, wind-swept Isles of Shoals, located off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland lives.

    Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization which maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality services for visitors.

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