Students after their last SCUBA dive
For morning exercise today we had our last SCUBA dive of the summer term . After loading the boats, splitting into groups and buddy checking our gear, Edd (the SCUBA instructor) took us to Tunnel Rock, a cool spot we had visited during SCUBA certification. We each lined up single-file to swim through the narrow reef tunnel, careful not to touch the delicate coral surrounding us. The dive Continue reading
We started this morning with a run/swim—heavy on the swim. The pain of this run/swim was overshadowed by a great breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast we moved on to Human Ecology, where we are working in four different groups on our final project. The four different projects are Soaps, which is making natural soap and chapstick, Continue reading
We are interning in Flats Ecology research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute and learning so much about the effects of global climate change on many flats species such as, Queen and Milk conch, Checkered pufferfish, Blue crabs, Lobster, Schoolmaster snapper, and soon to come Cobia and Bonefish. We are often in the field perfecting our methods of capture and we assist in designing and constructing experiments to run tests on these various species. For example, we are testing the metabolic rates of most of these marine organisms in a respirometer. Working in the wet lab we’re exposed to the other research projects that are also going on with Aquaponics, Aquaculture, and Shark research. With Flats research, everyday is a new challenge providing the best experiential learning environment.
-Lauren and Tori
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This morning did not go according to schedule. For morning exercise we were supposed to go SCUBA diving at the Cage, but the weather was too rough to go. Our replacement was a short run around the loop. Everyone was a little bummed, but we all stayed positive and finished strong. After breakfast everyone went to their research groups to start Continue reading
Monday night about 40 people gathered at the Nonprofit Center in Boston to commemorate the opening of Cape Eleuthera Foundation’s Boston office. Guests included former Island School staff Tony Hawgood, Jack Kenworthy, and Karen McNamee, alumni from classes as far back as Fall 2002, future Island School students and families, and others just interested in learning more about our organization.
The Boston office will serve as the home office of Christian Henry and Melissa Buck. We are excited by the opportunities that having this office in Boston will create, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New England area this fall. Feel free to stop by our office and say hello!
Today was a GOOD DAY!
It started out with a SCUBA dive at “Hole in the Wall” where the Term split up into 3 groups. One with Edd on the MacDaddy, one with Ian on the Kenny T, and one with Tyler on the RED Rising. The time of day is perfect for seeing all kinds of fish and underwater creatures, and we had a ton of fun! When we came back we rushed to breakfast, because we didn’t want to lose Continue reading
We started off the morning with a good run/swim. Surprisingly for many of us, the run/swims are becoming easier. After breakfast we all went our separate ways. Flats and Sharks students went to research to work on their final presentation. Human ecology students went to a class where the topic was fisheries in The Bahamas. Students had a discussion about the documentary Continue reading
This past weekend, Island School alumni, friends, and family gathered in Cape Cod to celebrate summer. On Sunday morning, Maxey roused the troops and got a group of Island School staff to participate in the Falmouth Sprint Triathlon. Chris and Pam Maxey, Christian Henry, and Karla Cosgriff braved the cold New England waters for a .3 mile swim, biked 9.6 miles along the coast, and ran 3.2 miles to the finish line. Congratulations to everyone!
Following this morning exercise, a large group gathered at Woods Hole’s Marine Biological Laboratory for a tour of their facilities. Alumni, future students, families, and friends all joined together to learn how the research they are doing at MBL is related to the work we do on Cape Eleuthera. Thank you to Dan, our tour guide, for showing us all the amazing things going on at Woods Hole!
Group tours water filtration system ay MBL
Christian Henry shows off his horshoe crab wrangling skills
The day ended with an amazing cocktail party hosted at the Gibson’s home in Woods Hole. The Island School’s trip to Cape Cod was a great success and we hope to make the Island School’s summer day on the Cape an annual tradition. Maxey is encouraging everyone to start training for next year’s triathlon now!
David Miller catches up with S09 alums Matt Vetter and Krissy Taft
Checking out creatures in one of MBL's holding tanks
Surprise!! Today the mentors gave us a sleep in after the intense kayak trip. Even though we had until twelve, we only slept until eight just in time for our favorite granola breakfast. After a quick bite we were eager to sign out, grab our bikes, and pedal our way to Sunset Beach. Lying in the sand, working on our tan, taking pictures, and visiting the marina store was just the way we wanted to spend our morning. Following our relaxing morning, we ate lunch and met up for our Community Outreach project. Loading up the ladder, Continue reading
This morning was especially exciting. Instead of our normal morning exercise, usually consisting of intense run-swims, we were surprised by a change in our schedule, dedicating the morning to a fantastic game of water polo. This is a favorite among many of the students, and is a much more enjoyable form of exercise. After a great game, we headed to the boathouse for a Continue reading