New Hampshire
The Star Island Experience
Learn the story of Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. Take seaside art classes, visit historic sites and discover the magic of this idyllic place.
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Program No. 21155RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Nestled among the Isles of Shoals of New Hampshire, Star Island is testament to the old ways of living. Experience this special environment – listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places – during naturalist-led walks, seaside art classes and quiet moments spent rocking on the porch with spectacular ocean views. Custom-tailor your own program by picking and choosing from events taking place on the island, perhaps a lecture on lighthouses or shipwrecks and a workshop on seaweed pressing. Learn about the fishing and resort communities that once gathered on the Shoals, as you settle into the gentle rhythm of island life.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking distance between buildings during the program can be up to a quarter-mile over broad walks, paths, uneven ground and rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend your days surrounded by the sea and stroll where artist Childe Hassam, resident poet Celia Thaxter and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne once created their works.
  • Join the curator of Vaughn Cottage for a historic look at Star Island, followed by a behind-the-scenes look into the utilities that keep the island running today.
  • With an island naturalist, explore the island flora and learn about the edible and medicinal plants growing at the Isles of Shoals.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ann Beattie
Ann is the coordinator for the Road Scholar programs on Star Island. Originally a marketing professor and consultant, Ann is now a marine educator with a fascination for the Isles of Shoals. She is the past-president of the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association and acts as the Shoals Historian for the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. Ann gives programs on the remarkable history of Star Island and the Isles of Shoals and spends time each summer on Smuttynose Island as a caretaker.
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