Science + Nature Summer Camps for Girls

Delve Deep into the Wonders of Penikese Island

Penikese Island Science + Nature Summer Camps Programs bring selected, female students outside to learn about and explore the natural world through the island's 75-acre preserve. 

In three sessions each lasting 5-days/4-nights, our Science + Nature Summer Camp for Girls encourage the spirit of discovery!

Tuition for 1-Week Session:  $TBD

Penikese Island School offers a limited number of partial and full scholarships. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of financial need. If appropriate, please feel welcome to inquire about the availability of scholarships.

Camp is FULL. However, wait list applications are being accepted for rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders.


Program Information

In late June 2019 PIS hosted a highly lauded 4-day 3-night mini-science camp for middle school girls representing all the middle schools on Martha’s Vineyard.

The program was enhanced by visiting women scientists who provided hands-on laboratories and nature-based explorations on a rotating basis. 

Drawing on the rich environment of Penikese and talents within the local scientific community, workshops included marine biology, avian biology nesting habitat and behaviors, electronics and robotics, underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), molecular structures and surface tension, and microbiology.

Time was allocated for team meal preparations, group arts & crafts, singing, and journaling. The group leaders produced a spectacular video, available below or online at YouTube


Financial Assistance

PIS has long history of making sure that its programs and facilities are available to all students regardless of financial circumstances. Qualified need is the most important priority for our scholarship program. Financial assistance is determined based on review of your application, and is not guaranteed to be available. Scholarships depend on availability of funds at the time of application and level of need.


Island Facilities 

The main living quarters are modeled on a 19th century New England farm house and built, in large part, using salvaged beams found on and around Penikese Island. The house uses solar panels for nominal electrical needs and wood for heating and cooking. It has hot and cold running water, indoor and outdoor showers, and a clean composting Clivus Multrum toilet facility. It can be used in any season of the year. There is additionally a one-room “schoolhouse” building and a spacious workshop or studio building. Educational programs are run in the various Penikese buildings and at stations spread across Penikese Island.


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.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.


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