Summer 2023

Our summer programs are offered at three age ranges: Junior (9-12), Intermediate (12-15) and Advanced (15-18); in two subject streams: marine biology and wildlife conservation. Participants may attend only one program per summer and may complete the programs in any order unless otherwise noted. Nominations are still open on a rolling basis, and responses will be provided within 72 hours.


All programs are:

  • Based in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick (new this year!)
  • Pay-what-you-can
  • Nomination-based, participants must be nominated by an adult who knows them well
  • Taught by women in science
  • Open to girls+ (girls and under-represented genders) ages 9-18 who live in the Maritime provinces (NB, NS, PEI) and who also meet our nomination criteria
  • Small, with only 10-12 participants
  • Welcoming, inclusive environments
  • Primarily outdoors
  • Overnight, either camping or staying in cabins
  • Designed for all skill levels – no prior knowledge is required

All programs feature:

  • Hands-on learning in a fun & casual environment
  • Mentorship from women in STEM
  • Exciting and memorable activities that inspire love for STEM & nature
  • Learning about careers in the program’s field

Junior (ages 9-12)

🐢 Junior Wildlife Conservation: Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

June 17-18 | 2 days, overnight | Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

🦞 Junior Marine Biology Level I

July 7-8 | 2 days, overnight | Windsor/Smiley’s Provincial Park

🐟 Junior Marine Biology Level II

July 11-12 | 2 days, overnight | Wolfville/Smiley’s Provincial Park

🦇 Junior Wildlife Conservation: Fundy National Park

July 22-23 | 2 days, overnight | Fundy National Park

Intermediate (ages 12-15)

🐤 Intermediate Wildlife Conservation Level II: Bon Portage Island

August 1-5 | 5 days, overnight | Bon Portage Island (near Barrington)

*It’s best for Level I to be taken before Level II, but not essential

🐣 Intermediate Wildlife Conservation Level I: Bon Portage Island

August 9-12 | 4 days, overnight | Bon Portage Island (near Barrington)

🦭 Intermediate Marine Biology

August 20-22 | 3 days, overnight | Lunenburg/The Morton Centre

🐢 Intermediate Wildlife Conservation: Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

September 9-10 | 2 days, overnight | Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

Advanced (ages 15-18)

🌱 STEMinists Leadership Development

July 3-4 | 2 days, overnight | Wolfville/Smiley’s Provincial Park

🐦 Advanced Wildlife Conservation: Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

July 16-18 | 3 days, overnight | Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site

🦈 Advanced Marine Biology: Technology & Marine Conservation

July 26-28 | 3 days, overnight | Halifax and Wolfville/Blomidon Provincial Park

🐋 Advanced Marine Biology: Marine Mammals

August 15-17 | 3 days, overnight | Digby


Nomination Criteria

Nominees must meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Comes from a disadvantaged background (“low income”)
  • Comes from an under-represented background (African-Canadian/Indigenous/Hispanic or Latinx)
  • Is a first generation immigrant (immigrated to Canada)
  • Has led an environmental initiative at school or in their community
  • Has led a science initiative at school or in their community
  • Is passionate about science, animals, or the environment

To advance our mission, 50% of seats in all programs are reserved for participants who come from a disadvantage and/or under-represented background. Remaining seats are filled with participants who meet other criteria. Nominations are still open on a rolling basis for remaining seats.

Returning participants are required to complete and Earn-Your-Way-Back activity in addition to being nominated.


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