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Spring Recess Trip to Martha's Vineyard

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**PLEASE NOTE: the Vineyard Spring Break will be not be offered in 2019.** 

Learning from an Island: the History, Ecology, and Conservation of Martha's Vineyard

March 12-16, 2017
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Students enjoying a trip to Martha's Vineyard

Building on the success of Winter Break at Harvard Forest and the annual weekend trip to Martha's Vineyard as part of our Freshman Seminar, in 2017 we are offering an immersive, interdisciplinary, 4-day Spring Recess Trip to the Vineyard for Harvard students (FAS undergraduate and GSAS graduate students from all concentrations).

The Island of Martha's Vineyard -- a site of decades of ongoing Harvard Forest research -- has been shaped by wind, glaciers, and countless storms, as well as generations of farmers, fishermen, artists, conservationists, Wampanoag people – and, of course, droves of summer vacationers. During the spring trip, in daily hands-on field walks, students will explore both the well-known and little-known history and ecology of the Island, try landscape art and writing in guided workshops, and learn up-close how individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses manage their corner of the Vineyard landscape. With guidance from Professor David Foster (OEB / Director of Harvard Forest), students will explore in-depth many of the themes in a new book and set of maps about the Island.

The Spring Recess program comes at no cost to Harvard students. Books, transportation, supplies (including art supplies and snowshoes), and all other on-site needs will be provided. This includes housing, meals, and transportation to and from the Vineyard.

Based on other trips we've hosted, we anticipate a great deal of interest in this trip, and a long waiting list. It is vital that all participating students be prepared to attend the FULL duration of the trip, departing campus the morning of Sunday, March 12, and returning the evening of Thursday, March 16.  **Please note: It is our understanding that dining halls will be closed for the duration of Spring Recess. Any students attending our trip should be prepared to make other arrangements for food outside of program dates.**

  • Applications for the 2017 program closed December 23, 2016. Please contact if you are interested in joining the waiting list.

Questions? Contact Clarisse Hart, Outreach Manager, at