Star Island’s Natural History Conference (renamed Natural History Week) was officially launched in June, 1980. The conference was to take place annually during the last week of June, concurrent with another conference made up of teenagers who were known at the time as LRY (Liberal Religious Youth). The decision to create a new conference (Natural History), came about when popular family conferences held later in the summer had long wait lists year after year. It was decided that NHC would be an adults-only conference that would focus on the natural world, both on Star and beyond.
A few changes have taken place since the conference was first established. Our conference now takes place during the third week of June and is shared with the Arts Conference. And though children are no longer restricted from NHW, those who do attend must be supervised at all times by their parents/guardians because a formal child-care or activity program is not provided for them.