Rabbit Island School

Full Scholarships Available for a 7-day Arts and Ecology Expedition

The application period for the 2019 Rabbit Island School is now closed.

The Rabbit Island Foundation and the Portage Lake District Library have partnered to create a unique, place-based arts and ecology program for area students. Students awarded with a scholarship will have the opportunity to spend one week on Rabbit Island, participating in an open framework, student lead expedition.

Six local high school students will be selected by a committee of library staff for full scholarships to the 2019 Rabbit Island School. The program is scheduled to occur July 13th – 20th, 2019. Scholarships cover all associated travel, food, lodging and other necessary island camping supplies. Applicants must be 15-18 years old.

Daily workshops for students will include guided ecological surveys; workshops with photography and videography equipment to document local flora, fauna, weather, and water; astrophotography and more. Mentors will assist students with woodcraft projects, offer guidance for journaling and writing to capture the island experience, and other art projects. By the end of the week, students will have each completed a personal art project in their chosen medium.

Rabbit Island is a 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The island is composed of a native ecosystem standing upon solid bedrock and has never before been developed or subdivided. Rabbit Island serves as a platform for science, art, preservation and recreation. Read more about Rabbit Island at www.rabbitisland.org

Having the support and facilities of the library on the mainland, students will share their work and island experiences with the general public and fellow students through a series of presentations and exhibitions at the library.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants should have an interest and enthusiasm for conservation, the environment, and/or arts and science.
  • Ask a teacher, boss or mentor to write a letter of support for your participation in the Rabbit Island School.
  • Write a one page essay about why you would like to participate.
  • In one email, send the letter of support and your one page essay as PDF attachments to dgeshel@pldl.org.

The application period for the 2019 Rabbit Island School is now closed.