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Mission and Vision


As stewards of Penikese Island and its storied history, our mission is to provide students with access to experiential, nature-based and STEAM-focused educational programs in the island’s unique and unspoiled natural environment. 

The overarching goal of our educational programming is to get students out into nature.  Penikese Island provides the perfect setting for fostering environmental literacy and stewardship.  We hope to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards who will value, cherish, and protect the natural world.  Our programming aims to expand scientific literacy, inspire curiosity and creativity, and build appreciation and understanding of the wider world and the need for a sustainable and ecologically balanced future.

Programs: Text

Listen to our Executive Director speak about the Penikese Island School

MVY Radio "Person of the Week" 3/9/23

Woods Hole Historical Museum talk via Zoom 1/31/23, "Penikese: Then and Now, a brief history and overview of our current programming" along with Ana Keilson and Justin Reynolds of the Gull Island Institute.

MVY Radio "Cape Cod Current" 3/12/23

2019 Penikese Science + Nature Camp


FCTV Exclusives: High School trip to Cuttyhunk and Penikese

Our Unique Island Learning Experience

Penikese island is 75-acres of unspoiled, windswept beauty in the heart of Buzzard's Bay. 


Our educational programs bring students together for a unique scientific adventure through immersive, place-based experiential learning curricula that use the island as nature’s classroom. A visit to Penikese is designed to engage students in investigative natural history and ecology programs, aligned with NGSS science standards, that build self-confidence and foster an appreciation for the importance of nature through the lens of Penikese Island. 

Penikese Island is a wildlife sanctuary that belongs to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is managed by Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife.  

Study Nature, Not Books

Transformative experiential education 
opportunities on Penikese Island

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