The public is invited to join host Susan St. John on an informative tour of Hurricane Island Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. Tour tickets include a private boat charter, lunch and history tour. Hurricane Island has had many roles and tour attendees will learn from history experts as well as hear from Hurricane Island Foundation staff.

In 2005, Hurricane Island, the 125-acre island 10 miles southeast of Rockland, began the third act of its significant role in the life of Midcoast Maine. From 1870 until its sudden closure in 1914, the island supported an active quarry and a community of nearly 1,000. In its very different second act it became the Maine island base of the Outward Bound School, which moved off the island to Wheeler Bay in St. George in 2006. And since 2009, it has been the home of the Hurricane Island Foundation Center for Science and Leadership – offshore, offline, off the grid, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation.

Ticketholders will board the Equinox in Rockland at 9:30 a.m. for the hour-plus boat trip to Hurricane. They will tour the island, learn from experts about the history of the quarry and its community and the 40-year history of Outward Bound on the island, then meet foundation staff and learn about the work of the Hurricane Island Foundation.

A lunch will be prepared from food grown on the island, and participants will see firsthand how this community, functioning completely off the grid, is dedicated “to living together as a year-round, self-sustaining community with science and education at its heart.” The program will include several short hikes. Participants must be able to get in and out of the boat and walk unaided over uneven terrain. Return ride from the island will be at 3:15 p.m.

A limited number of tickets for this tour are available now for $125. This event is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s Revelry for the River event series, a year-long celebration of the Georges River Watershed.

For tickets visit online at or call 594-5166. All proceeds benefit the conservation programs of the land trust.