Natural History Week – China’s Environmental Challenges: Global Impacts on a Shrinking Planet

June 15, 2019 to June 22, 2019

China’s Environmental Challenges: Global Impacts on a Shrinking Planet

We will enjoy stimulating lectures and discussion with China specialist and environmentalist, Dr. Judith Shapiro, about China’s effect on the world’s environment. Dr. Shapiro will discuss global environmental challenges, China’s domestic challenges as well as the effects of the Mao era. Astronomy, yoga, art, bird watching and evening entertainment are also part of this year’s NHW.

Program Speaker

Dr. Judith Shapiro is the director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development for the School of International Service at American University. Professor Shapiro’s research and teaching focus on global environmental politics and policy, the environmental politics of Asia and Chinese politics under Mao.

Minister of the Week

Rev. Douglas Wilson, Founder and Retired Executive Director of Rowe Camp and Conference Center

Program Fee


Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

NHW Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+    $1,006 $1,368 $1,239 $1,817




Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

NHW Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $466 $666

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, June 15

12:25 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Saturday, June 22

8:20 am Thomas Laighton Depart Star


Contact Registrar Anne Perkins

Returning to Star? Check out our Community Building Program!

We want our conferences to continue to grow, so we’re asking our Star Island family members to bring someone with you to Star this year. Here’s how it works:

1) Find that person (or more than one person) that you feel would be able to best contribute to the community on Star Island.Consider people in your extended family, congregation members, co-workers or other personal networks!

2) Nominate that person by filling out this form.

3) Star will cover 30% of the room and board for your new Shoaler, provided they attend the full duration of the conference!

4) We’ll also kick in $50 toward your room and board, provided you attend the full duration of the conference! (if you bring 4 or more new people, we’ll give you $125!)