Student Day Trips to Penikese Island
Bringing Students to the Science
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 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art 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).
“While our society is busy wondering & theorizing about what children need most, Mother Nature simply holds a space for the child to discover that for themselves”
Sample Day Trip Itinerary
Depart Woods Hole dock (at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Arrive at Penikese; split into two groups that alternate morning activities
Island tour (cemetery, leper ruins, cistern hill)
Beachcombing activity; collecting (and learning about) plastic trash, found animals and shells, observing tides and discussing their physics
Break for lunch and unstructured discovery time
Examine found items with dissecting scopes, discuss biological niches & climate change impact
Biological illustration exercise: how does a drawing inform differently from a photograph? Make sketches and photos of items collected (or of those from the island collection)
Return to boat; depart for Woods Hole
Arrive in Woods Hole. Board buses for trip back to school.
"Best Field Trip EVER!"
Student from Mashpee Public School
Health and Safety on Island
PIS has long experience making sure that its programs and facilities are as safe as possible. For many years licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early & Secondary Education (DESE), PIS has safely transported hundreds of people to and from the island over our 45 plus year history. DESE has even commended PIS on our health, safety and emergency protocols. In case of medical emergencies, the US Coast Guard Station at Menemsha (Martha’s Vineyard) and Boston MedFlight helicopters are prepared to respond.