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An Island Away 

Transformative Experiential Education Opportunities on Penikese Island


Our Unique Island Learning Experience

Penikese Island inspires a love and appreciation of learning through experiential, nature-based programs.

The island is 76-acres of unspoiled, windswept beauty in the heart of Buzzard's Bay.  Each visit to Penikese Island immerses students in experiential educational programs that build self-confidence and foster an appreciation for the importance of nature through the lens of Penikese Island.  PIS curricula are customized according to each school’s requirements, with an emphasis on the fascinating history of Penikese Island and nature-based educational themes. Students benefit from the renowned scientific institutions in Woods Hole and the unique living classroom created by the complex biology and geology of Penikese Island.

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


Environmental Studies

Penikese programs “bring students to the science” through experiential learning, where students directly interact with our Buzzard's Bay island environment. Penikese Island is a thriving sanctuary / laboratory, home to over 150 documented species, including protected raptors and water fowl.

Our Island Curriculum

The island's curriculum includes courses such as Seashore Life, Nature Photography, Entomology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Biological Illustration, Embryology, Herpetology, Botany, and more.

Our Students

We offer courses to students from 4th grade through high school. Students come to Penikese Island because they want to experience nature first hand, and are provided with hands on science, art and history education that is customized for the unique nature of Penikese experiences.

Our Island Educators

Island Educators enjoy the opportunity to develop topics beyond the scope generally found in traditional classrooms, and can concentrate on showing students how to explore and appreciate the special Cape Cod, Buzzard's Bay and island environment.


"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James


Experiential Learning About Science, Art, History and Cape Cod's Natural Environment

Programs on Penikese Island

Penikese Island School, Inc. is in the business of changing and shaping the mindset of students 

while creating memories around shared, experiential learning that will last a lifetime.

The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing outside of the classroom

science, history and natural environmental programing that makes these subjects interesting and meaningful

for students that spend a day or longer with us.

In addition, we strive to work with schools and teachers to make

these powerful learning trips manageable and affordable

for different grades, curricula and availability.


Day Trips to Penikese Island

Penikese Day Trips are more than just a “field trip.” Natural and historic wonders abound on Penikese Island, which is a peaceful, unspoiled setting, far removed from modern distractions, where learning and discovery can be nurtured. The curriculum for any Penikese trip is customizable for each school. We support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-focused and nature-based educational themes in particular, but we have also hosted art classes and a series of trips featuring a literature and social studies curriculum based on the young adult novel, Beyond the Bright Sea (addressing the history of the leper colony on Penikese).


Recent Trips

4th Graders

VINE High School Program
Martha's Vineyard

Morse Pond 6th Graders