Natural History Week 2023

June 18 - June 25

Unraveling the Shoals’ Secrets: Straight from the Scientists 

Welcome to Natural History Week 2023! Join us to discover the fascinating ecological secrets of the Isles of Shoals directly from the scientists unraveling them. Speakers from the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML), on our sister island of Appledore, will share current studies of marine science such as seabirds, seals, and more. The scientists will share their study design, methodologies, data collection, and how their findings enhance our understanding of the islands’ ecology and human impacts. Dr. Jennifer Seavey will introduce and conclude our week, with “guest” scientist speakers from the SML each day highlighting specific studies. We hope to include a behind-the-scenes tour of the SML, and a boat trip to view the tern and seal study sites on nearby White Island and other isles. 

Youth Programming

Young people are welcome to join us. There is limited youth programming, yet young Shoalers often accompany their parents and grandparents and create lifelong memories. 

Theme Speaker

Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D., Kingsbury Executive Director, Shoals Marine Laboratory 

Minister of the Week

Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland 

Program Fee

$135 per person

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+) 

Standard Shared: $1,169 | Standard Single: $1,590

Motel Shared: $1,439 | Motel Single: $2,112 


Under 6: Free | 6-11 years: $541 | 12-17 years: $774 

Boat Schedule

June 18: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

June 25: Depart Star Island at 8:50 AM, arrive in Portsmouth at 10:15 AM


Email Ellen Campbell, conference registrar, at 

Images courtesy of Shoals Marine Lab.