The City as Classroom

  Written by: Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts and Arthur Pearson, President and CEO of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center As summer’s blaze softens into autumn hues, our city’s children are back in the schoolhouse. For … Read More

Thompson Island Earns National Press!

Thompson Island has recently been featured in its first national story!  Bright is an online education magazine funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with prominent writers such as Arne Duncan and Katie Couric.  This piece on summer learning … Read More

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Say Hello to Some of Our New Staff Members

On Thompson Island we encourage students to get out of their comfort zones, meet new people, and learn to overcome obstacles as a team. We know that great support systems and lasting friendships all start the same way – with … Read More

Thompson Island's Green Ambassadors (J'Saun Pictured Second From the Right)

“A Place That Let Me Be Me”

J’Saun Bastien recently graduated from Thompson Island’s Green Ambassador 3 year program. This May, he stood in front of the 2017 Annual Gala’s audience to share his history and his passion for Thompson Island. In front of his friends, family, … Read More

SOLO Wilderness Medicine’s WFA and CPR Course

Registration is now closed for the SOLO Course being offered on Thompson Island. Please reach out to Sally Faulkner at with any questions On April 29th and 30th, Thompson Island will be hosting SOLO Wilderness Medicine’s WFA and CPR … Read More

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The Shape of SEL on Thompson Island

“What does SEL on Thompson Island look like?” Olga Feingold, Thompson Island’s Program Director, ponders the question. There is a lot to consider.  SEL or Social-Emotional Learning covers a lot of ground- it refers to how children and adults learn … Read More

Towers of Power

How the Alpine Towers Cultivate Enhanced Self Confidence and Teambuilding   “My favorite experience was the Alpine Tower. It was a challenge but it was the best experience of my life.” Ari, 12 years old   Ari was one of … Read More