NATURAL HISTORY WEEK - June 20-27, 2020


$125/adults, $25/children (one $25 fee covers all children in a single family).  Our program fees cover the costs of our guest speaker, minister, entertainers and materials for activities such as arts and crafts.


A room and board deposit fee of $200 per person (age 6 years and older) is required at the time you register for the conference. Your final bill, less room and board deposit, will be due at the end of the week of your stay at NHW. Room and board rates are set by Star Island Corporation and are listed at

Room accommodations in both the hotel (built in the 1870’s) and the cottages are charming yet mimimal. Every room offers a beautiful view of the island. Families are grouped according to the ages of their children. Singles and older couples tend to stay in buildings without children. Some rooms have private bathrooms but most are with shared bathrooms. 


Your registration deposit  is a combination of NHW’s program fee ($125 per adult age 18+ plus $25 per family with children age 18 and under) and Star Island Corporation’s room and board deposit ($200).

If possible, please register online using Star Island’s Online Registration Page. Otherwise, you may use the registration form inside the ‘Star Island Conference Program Book’ that was mailed to you, or, you may download a paper registration form here.

  • When mailing your form, make one check payable to Star Island Corporation for the total of NHW’s program fee(s) and Star Island’s room and board deposit. Mail your check and registration form to Mike Bray, Island Registrar, Star Island Corporation, Morton-Benedict House, 30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

If you do not plan to attend the entire week’s conference, please contact our NHW registrar, Heather Saunders, at for important registration information.


The Thomas Seavey Scholarship Fund was created from a generous bequest from former NHW conferee, Lee Harrison. NHW adds to this fund by holding an auction at the end of the week.  50% of the proceeds from the auction replenishes the scholarship fund.  NHW’s Steering Committee oversees administration of this fund.

If you are in need financial assistance in order to attend our conference, please complete the Thomas Seavey Scholarship Application form.  Email the completed form it to Heather Saunders, registrar, per instructions on the form. All applications are considered anonymously and only the applicant and the registrar ever know the identity of scholarship applicants/recipients. The scholarship award will be credited to the recipient’s account at Star Island.

NHW scholarship applications are due by April 1, 2020. A decision on your application will be given to you by April 15, 2020.


Various discounts are offered on the Star Island website under the heading DISCOUNTS.”


You may wish to bring extra money for the snack bar, gift shop, book store, lobster night, trip to Appledore, adult social hour (contribution for snacks and beverages), use of the row boats, business office.