Formerly known as Take it Outside! Girls' Wilderness Expedition

West Ironbound Island is a very unique place to explore and learn about Nova Scotia’s rich heritage. Your Sea School instructors are highly trained to provide the best experience possible while on the island. Your group will be transported out to the island departing from Lunenburg by motor boat and dropped off for the duration of the program. Upon arrival you will meet Jake and Melissa Wentzel, 3rd generation caretakers of the island, who will provide a tour for the group. Once settled on the island, you get the opportunity to practice leadership skills, wilderness survival and camping skills while also doing some unique program activities! This program is one of the most memorable components of an unforgettable summer with the Sea School. The group also learns a great deal about the island's history and how to take care of it.


- Shelter Building with tarps and / or found materials practicing no trace

- Plant Identification and wild edibles

- Camping in tents or under tarps

- Cooking on outdoor stoves

- Fire building and one match fires

- Solo reflection

- Hiking

- Felting

- Any island services requested by the KCC (Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy) on their part of the island including trail development or clean-up.

- Possible Sheep round-up



Tuition for this trip includes all group gear such as sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tarps, foul weather (heavy rain) gear (including rubber boots), eating gear & food, etc.  Participants are responsible for assembling the clothing items in their pack list.  If you do not have or cannot find a clothing item, we have a collection of clothing to lend, which we are happy to lend you on the condition that you let us know ahead of time, & it is returned to us.


Sea School is committed long-term to improving diversity within its leadership and participantship in a meaningful and structural way.  If you are an applicant who is part of an underserved population in the outdoor community, we are interested in assisting you on your journey with us, providing any necessary training to you or our staff, and hearing what you have to say about what might make your opportunity for participation and leadership in this field possible.  Reach out if you'd like to hear more about Sea School's commitments, goals, intentions, and partnerships with regards to diversity in sailing and in outdoor communities.


See also: Registration Information Page

Registration for all summer expedition courses opens on April 1, 2022 at 6:00am.

Registration is first-come, first-served and can be initiated by emailing or leaving a phone message at 902-423-7284 with the participants first & last name, their age, and which program AND dates you are interested in registering for.  Inquiries will be addressed in the order they are received; please give us up to 48 hours to respond as this time is very busy and courses fill up quickly.

Registration is not complete or secure until registration forms (sent by us) are filled out, interviews are completed, and all components have been reviewed & approved.


Contact us for registration details, or if you have any questions regarding this trip:

Email -          Phone - (902) 423 7284


Eligibility - Age 13 -17

*Participant identifies as Female OR was assigned Female at birth and identifies as non-binary.

*Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate

Price - $850 - Price includes all food, group equipment, sleeping bags, and other gear apart from personal clothing items


- Drop-off & Pick-up: 174 Bluenose Dr., Lunenburg, NS

- Expedition: West Ironbound Island – off of Gaff Point (Hirtles Beach) on the South Shore of NS

Dates - August 18 - August 25, 2022

****All summer dates are tentative & could be subject to change by a few days up to a week!