Who: All Upper School Students
When: March 16-23, 2024
Trip Leader: Brad Turner
If you have considered going to the Island School for a semester but didn’t want to spend that much time away from MBS, then this trip is for you. While we are down in the Bahamas, you will have the opportunity to work with scientists at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, helping them conduct their research. This may involve propagating coral, snorkeling on reefs to assess the progress of their growth, capturing sea turtles and sharks to measure and tag them, as well as working with local conch and lobster fishermen to assess and manage the fisheries. You may also have the opportunity to harvest invasive lionfish, dissect them, and then feed the remains to bull sharks in the marina.
If you are interested in engineering and sustainability, The Island School learns about sustainability by living sustainably. They generate all their energy needs using solar panels, wind turbines, and even produce biodiesel on campus to fuel their boats and trucks while also having to manage their water and waste systems. They also grow a lot of their own food through an on-campus farm and extensive aquaponics systems while also working with local farmers.
The Island School’s philosophy is connecting primary research to education and outreach to create unique opportunities for students and scientists to learn about native ecosystems and environmental sustainability through immersive, place-based experiences.
You will be very active. Expect to spend a lot of time swimming, snorkeling, learning how to SCUBA dive, and even a bit of running and biking around Cape Eleuthera.
Please note that as per Island School policy, COVID vaccinations are required.