Monday, May 20, 2013
ROCKLAND — A nonprofit organization that offers field research and leadership training opportunities in a remote island setting off Maine's coast has received an anonymous donation of $1 milliion.
The Hurricane Island Foundation announced the gift on Monday.
"This generous gift arrives at an opportune time, allowing the Hurricane Island Foundation to continue in earnest the work of building a sustainable, off-the-grid island campus and at the same time further develop its research, teaching and leadership programs," the organization said in a press release.
The 4-year-old foundation is based in Rockland but uses its namesake island, located about 12 miles offshore, southwest of Vinalhaven, as a Center for Science and Leadership.
Earlier this month, researchers with the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center deployed their remote operating vehicle to study an area that has been identified as a "hotspot" for larval lobster.
Later this week, students from the Islesboro Community School will use Hurricane Island to conduct a three-day expedition on the link between water resources and communities.
Later this month, the organization will host an education leadership summit facilitated by a handful of college professors.