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

Evidence of Science Learning

Kids Increase Positive Attitudes Toward Science Message from Arthur Pearson, CEO As Outward Bounders venturing into the work of science education eight years ago, we knew exciting possibilities laid ahead. But the results have exceeded our expectations.   Our Connections … Read More

2016 AEE Organizational Member of the Year Award

It’s a  great pleasure to announce that Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association for Experiential Education’s (AEE) Organizational Member of the Year Award! AEE is an international organization that exists to … Read More

Meet the 2016 Green Ambassadors!

Green Ambassadors (GA) is a seven week summer employment program, for teenagers 15-18 run in partnership with Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center and the National Park Service. This job allows teenagers to work outdoors in a professional but fun environment. … Read More

The Boston summer school students reach by ferry – not bus

On August 2, 2016 the Christian Science Monitor published a wonderful article about our Summer Connections youth program for Boston urban youth and our partnership work with Boston After School and Beyond! For the full article, please click here.

Meet Impressive Thompson Island Alumni

Studies confirm that early engagement with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is especially important for middle school-aged students to identify with the possibility of becoming scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians, particularly girls and minorities who are underrepresented in STEM. … Read More

The First Face of Thompson Island

Sean Warfield, Deckhand For thousands of students and guests traveling to Thompson Island, the first person to greet them is Sean Warfield, deckhand on the MVOB, our ferry. What they see is a welcoming smile, and the offer of a steady hand to get … Read More