On the morning of September 15th, 2018, military families gathered in Rye, NH to board the Granite State for a day full of fun and education on Star Island. Families explored the rocky shores and rich marine history that the island had to offer, as well as got hands-on experience in the Rutledge Marine Laboratory.
They learned about the history and sustainability of the Isles of Shoals, investigated many creatures of the Gulf of Maine, and used equipment to learn more about the Gulf of Maine’s seawater! The weather was just ideal for this event with partly sunny skies and calm waters. Not to mention, we had some amazing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill that made for a very yummy lunch!
In addition to the itinerary planned, we encountered some unexpected activities that the families thoroughly enjoyed. We were able to explore caterpillars feeding on milkweed plants. They will soon become beautiful monarch butterflies! There were also kite flyers who were preparing for a kite show on the island for the 9th Annual Gosport Regatta at the Isles of Shoals that Sunday. The kite flyers had served in the military and kids were seen boarding the Granite State to go home with kites in their hands. We wonder where those came from! ; )
We were so fortunate to have our wonderful partners from N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Marine Docents leading our educational opportunities. A big thank you to them!
All in all, it was a wonderful day filled with fun activities, lots of learning and many new military family friends.