Our summer program listing will be available on Monday, April 3rd and nominations will be open until May 1st. Join our summer program info sessions on Wednesday, March 29th from 7-8pm Atlantic or Saturday, April 1st from 12-1pm Atlantic to learn more!
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.
To attend a summer program, participants must be nominated by an adult that knows them well by May 1st, which can include parents/guardians, teachers, coaches, etc. Returning participants, who have attended an in-person summer program before, must complete an earn-your-way-back activity to be considered again. Learn more about the earn-your-way-back initiative here.
All programs are:
- Based in Nova Scotia (but we might be offering our first program in New Brunswick this summer – stay tuned!)
- Nomination-based, participants must be nominated by an adult who knows them well
- Taught by women in science with advanced degrees
- 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
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.