Category Archives: Educational Programs

Second Session of Eleuthera Explorers Camp Comes to a Close

The second batch of Eleuthera Explorer’s Campers are off after a BBQ celebration this past Saturday afternoon. They had an eventful week full of not only good times but learning experiences they will cherish for a lifetime.


Each day began with a refreshing daily morning exercise and there after they would dive right into some of the various research projects currently going on at Cape Eleuthera Institute. They got a taste of Bahamian geology in a trip to a nearby ooid sand bar, were able to check out the Cobia cage with Island School students, harvest tilapia with Krystal Continue reading

South Eleuthera Kids Camp


Summer fun continues with our own local South Eleuthera Kids Camp. This week we had 13 students from Green Castle and Deep Creek join us for five days of fun and adventure. This group dove right in to the marine ecosystems on their first morning exercise exploring the reef inhabitants of our local wreck. Over the course of the week the group challenged themselves and conquered fears as they jumped off the docks, high rock and ocean hole. A highlight for the group was the day they learned about aquaculture and took a trip out to our off-shore Cobia cage.

Over the course of the week the campers not only lived a sustainable lifestyle, but they also Continue reading

GWU Online High School Learns Outside of “The Cloud”

Students from the George Washington University Online High School arrived this past weekend with the goal of experiencing their education firsthand and coming together as a group of individuals who have never met in person before – much like our semester program. They immediately jumped in with CEI’s flats ecology program on Sunday, studying climate change and its effects on a number of species, running salinity and respirometry tests, and beginning to restore a mangrove habitat. Monday found them seining for mojarra in a nearby creek and dissecting bonefish in the wet lab, before learning how to fly fish early Tuesday morning.


In addition to the plethora of research being undertaken by these seven young scholars, they have also Continue reading

Earthwatch Bahamas Comes to CEI

By Shu Hee (Sophie) Kim


As I arrived in Nassau Airport on July 6th, I remember finding refuge among the small group of other teens wearing olive green Earthwatch shirts. We were all a bit awkward at first – waiting quietly for the last few people to arrive and to fly to Rock Sound Airport. None of us really knew what to expect: all we knew was that the water was a special cerulean blue that can be found nowhere back home, and we were all just waiting for the chance to jump into the ocean sporting our newly bought snorkel, mask, and fins.

What we found at the Island School was something none of us expected. The sustainability of the Cape Eleuthera Island Research Institute seemed more efficient than the “top-notch green” movements that sweep through our hometowns Continue reading

Eleutheran Explorers Become CEI Researchers!


It’s been a busy week down here on the Cape, with our Eleutheran Explorer campers diving head first into many of the research programs currently running at CEI. Monday found them dissecting lionfish in the wet lab and feeding cobia out at the cage, while Tuesday took them to the intertidal creeks of Half Sound. There, campers explored the natural ecosystems of mangrove beds, seine netted for juvenile fish, and – most excitedly – raced our very own Bonita through the water in search of turtles! It was a successful day out in the field and was rewarded with a sleep-in on Wednesday morning.

Speaking of morning (exercise), Tuesday also found kids running and swimming, running and swimming, running and swimming through the trails and waters of the Cape Continue reading

Green Farms Academy’s Time at The Island School and CEI

We had the pleasure of hosting two groups from Green Farms Academy as a part of CEI’s Educational Programs this summer for two weeks this summer.


First, a fantastic gang of GFA high school students joined us for 10 days. They participated in all aspects of life here on the Cape, rising with the sun for morning exercise into full days of exploration including trash cleanups, snorkeling, creative writing, helping Joseph plant passion fruit trees on the roof of the wood shop, and collecting wood for Ashley to put in the wood chopper. Some days ended with a camping trip on the beach, a campfire and some tasty s’mores, others with lights out early at, believe it or not, the students request! Morning exercise comes sooner than you think and each day is packed with exciting activities to engage students in sustainability, conservation, and the various Bahamian tropical ecosystems.

The following week a small crew of GFA middle school students stayed for 7 days to soak up island life with us too! Continue reading

Eleutheran Explorers Arrive and Thrive

Summer time means camp time, and the Eleutheran Explorers – 17 youngsters from both the US and Bahamas – have jumped right in to life here on the rock. In their first two days on Eleuthera, campers have navigated the waters they now call their backyard, identifying fish and other sea creatures at both the wreck and current cut; competed against each other in a scavenger hunt around campus while learning about sustainability and designing islands of their own; experienced firsthand the formation of ooids on the sandbar; and have even found time to enjoy a Sunday night snack of S’mores around the campfire.


Below are several excerpts from journals campers have been keeping: Continue reading

Pacific Ridge School’s First Few Days at The Island School

The past two days have been primarily taken up with learning about and surveying green sea turtles in the local sounds and creeks. We began yesterday with a mini-class taught by Lucie, a researcher at CEI completing a baseline survey on turtle populations in South Eleuthera.  We learned that there are 5 different species in the area–Green, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Hawksbill–though some are more abundant than others.  All of the species are protected under international treaties, though very little is known about their populations, migratory habits, etc.

After learning about the turtles and how Lucie conducts her studies, we headed out to Jack’s Bay to do our first survey.  We hiked in to the beach and got picked up to go out to the seagrass beds where the turtles usually hang out.  Spotting turtles requires two people to stand on the bow deck of the boat and look in the seagrass for turtles.  It is not an easy job, but once we all saw one turtle, it was much easier to spot them.  We saw a few from the boat (and we were all really excited!), but when we got in to snorkel with them, they had all disappeared!  We were a little bummed to miss swimming with the turtles, but Lucie assured us that the next day would be even better at Half Sound.


Today (Tuesday), we woke up and completed a run-swim for our morning exercise.   Continue reading

Lake Highland Preparatory School’s Archeology Trip to Island School

by Eric Hagen


We joked that our parents would have to come visit us at the end of the week because we weren’t going back to the United States. Amazingly, though, our stay has come to an abrupt end, and our normal days in Orlando, without ORCA showers, giant cobia, or “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down,” must unfortunately resume. But the ecologically beneficial and ultimately fun lessons we learned here, from archeology to conservation, will be engrained in our memories from the  nuances of this fantastic trip for the rest our lives. Continue reading

Friends Seminary Returns to Eleuthera!

Twelve Upper School students from Friends Seminary in New York City recently traveled to Cape Eleuthera with Science teacher Kerry Kline and Experiential Ed teacher Jack Phelan for an amazing week of hands-on learning and personal challenge. Below are reactions from two students, Simon and Christian. Thanks to our Educators Laura Franklin and Scott Aland for a unforgettable week.



When the group first arrived at CEI, there were definitely a few grumbles about the bugs, the lack of water for showering, and the “let it mellow” rule. These qualms quickly disappeared as we got into the heart of the program that made up our stay at CEI. Waking up that very first morning to snorkel the mail boat wreck just off the beach and seeing a juvenile lemon shark hiding among the rotting wood was enough to make us realize just how much this experience would offer. We were not done with lemon sharks either. Not only did we learn about shark physiology and the dangers facing shark populations today from Ian — the Lemon Shark Project manager — but we also assisted Ian, Mike, and Lindsey in their field research of lemon shark nursery mechanics, and we caught the first lemon of the project from Waterford Creek.The research also helped to show us just how misunderstood sharks are — that they are not as dangerous as popular opinion would have us believe. Our work with Dani out on the patch reefs was also successful, doing species counts on two different reefs. Continue reading