Hurricane Island Foundation
Total donations: $550,000 | Partnership: Since 2014
Hurricane Island’s mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community.
Located 10 miles southeast of Rockland, Maine and two miles southwest of Vinalhaven in the Fox Islands archipelago, Penobscot Bay, Maine, the island measures about one mile by one-half mile, totaling 125 acres. It has an interesting history as a granite quarry company and the base for the Maine Outward Bound School.
On Hurricane Island, they are working to develop both the Center for Science and Leadership and the Field Research Station. Both of these initiatives will work together to help students and scientists participate in authentic, hands-on field science and collaborative leadership programs and experiences.
Programs reach public and private middle and high school students, college and university students, graduate researchers, undergraduate interns, amateur naturalists, scientists, sustainable engineers, and volunteers who are committed to our mission and excited about the opportunities on Hurricane.
The Lewis Family Foundation provided funding to renovate the pier; renovate the boathouse; renovate the building that became the Hurricane Island Field Station Research Center; restore existing cabins and add additional housing; and more.