Natural History Week: Living in a Changing World

June 20, 2020 to June 27, 2020

Join us for stimulating lectures and discussions about lobstering culture, the declining state of our oceans, Caribbean pirates, and how we Americans are divided into 11 cultural nations. Enjoy art projects, bird watching, sunsets and sunrises, games, music, stargazing, entertainment, marine lab, new friends and old, and rocking chairs on the porch.

Program Speaker

Colin Woodard is an award-winning author, journalist, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist who received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is currently state and national affairs writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, writes for Washington Monthly, and reviews books for the Washington Post. He will speak on topics involved in his six books. His first book published in 2000, “Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas” is a landmark call to action as Colin confronts the environmental problem of our times: the fate of the oceans.

Minister of the Week

Larry Greer, Chaplain for Hospice of Southern Maine

Program Fee


Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

NHW Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+    $1,041 $1,416 $1,282 $1,881




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 $482 $689

Ferry Schedule


Contact Registrar: Heather Saunders (

Returning Shoaler Discount!

If you are returning to Star Island this summer and bring a new Shoaler you will receive either a $50 or $125 room and board credit depending how many people you refer.

1-3 referrals – $50 credit
4+ referrals – $125 credit

New Shoalers receives 25% off room & board of one of the select conferences when referred by a returning Shoaler.

The returning Shoaler must fill out the discount application. The application asks for the name of the person who referred the new Shoaler – SIC staff will credit the returning Shoaler’s room and board bill when a name is submitted on the application.

Discount Deadline: Two weeks prior to the conference you plan to attend.