"The Living Lab" at NFS this winter has been a very successful pilot program. The 16 credit semester offers students a customized curriculum focused on ecology and environmental sciences as well as Nantucket history and culture. The courses offer a combination of classroom time, field research and lab techniques. Coursework will be taught at the Nantucket Atheneum, Maria Mitchell Nature Center, the Greenhound building, and the entire island. In addition, students will have field work and access to the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station's laboratory, located off Polpis Road.
- Read more about the program in a Boston Globe article.
- Read more about the Nantucket semester at the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department
- Read more about the Nantucket semester at the Green Harbors Project
- Visit their Facebook page
- Visit the Nantucket semester student blog
Sponsors, making a significant contribution:
UMass Boston College of Science and Mathematics, Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department
UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station
Nantucket Yacht Club
On Island groups who are contributing discounts and providing space:
Preservation Institute : Nantucket
Maria Mitchell Association
Seadog Brew Pub
Queequegs (John Keene)
Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
African Meeting House, Museum of African American History
Rose and Crown
Mitchell's Book Corner
Nantucket Health Club
Petticoat Row Bakery
UMass Boston has offered summer college credit courses at the field station off and on since the late 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s UMass Boston also offered a program during the school year called the "Semester on Nantucket," which were classes in English and Nantucket History taught by Nantucket historian Edouard Stackpole, and UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station naturalists Clint Andrews and Wes Tiffney.
Each summer, UMass Boston offers several courses from May until August. These courses often feature field work that allows participants to use the island’s natural resources to investigate classroom topics.
In most cases, housing at the field station or at Gouin Village is included in course fees; students provide their own meals and transportation to and from Nantucket. Cost varies yearly. If you are taking the course and do not need housing, a discount in fees may be available.
Studio Art in Nantucket: Painting Away Off Shore
June 27 - July 12, 2013
This two-week intensive summer workshop will encompass an immersive painting experience that draws upon Nantucket’s rich history and its unique landscape.
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July 14 - July 27, 2013
This marine biology course serves as an introduction to field research methods and will familiarize students with the flora and fauna of the unique island of Nantucket.
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Marine and Coastal Ecological Research
July 28 - August 10, 2013
Supervised research on the adaptations and interactions of organisms of the beaches, salt marshes, sand dunes, and embayments of Nantucket.
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GIT Data Collection and Field Methods
August 5 - August 24, 2013
The course will cover basic Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) and applications used to research, map and analyze coastal phenomena. These include: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Global Positioning System (GPS); Remote Sensing (RS).
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