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  • Week 6 (July 27-31)

    Ocean Films (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Venture into the outdoors to film and photograph animals, ecosystems, and adventure. Work in teams to make a creative and fun short film dedicated to ocean awareness and appreciation. Use your videos to share with other NESS students and look to enter your videos into the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Includes: Basic videography and photography, kayaking, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.


  • Week 9 (Aug. 17-21)

    Secrets at Sea (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Follow maps and clues to reach different ecosystems and find the natural treasures within the environment. Use compasses, kayaks, microscopes, and animal evidence to decipher the hints to reveal and find your destinations. Learn about some animal adaptions and make comparisons of a variety of living and preserved animals.


  • Snack Attack (Ages 6-9)

    Aug 3 – 7,    9:00 am – Noon        $190/week

    Includes: kayaking, and snorkel adventures

    Sharp teeth, long noses, and big eyes are all features that make animals voracious predators. Identify the incredible adaptations that help animals catch their food. Create your own critter with its very own parts. We will explore by foot, through kayaking and snorkeling.
  • Who's Afraid of the Dark?? (Ages 6-9)

    Aug 10 – 14,    9:00 am – Noon        $190/week

    Includes: kayaking, and snorkel adventures

    The dark holds many exciting mysteries.  Discover life as a nocturnal animal, investigate why some animals prefer the dark, and make sense of some of the night sounds.  Take an imaginary trip on our NESS Exploration Vessel to explore the deep sea, underwater volcanoes, and tons of unusual life forms.
  • Fishery Engineering (Ages 10-13)

    July 13 – 17,  Mon-Fri 1:00 - 4:00 pm       $190/week

    Includes: fishing, engineering, kayaking and snorkel adventures

    Break down the science, conservation, and practicality of recreational and commercial fisheries.  Use engineering, fish research, and biomimicry design to construct a minnow trap and to make a fishing lure.  Utilize current fishing methods to analyze the impacts on fish populations and commercial fishing economics.
  • Juniors: Animal Habitat Badge

    3 classes/1½ hours per class     $60/student
    Minimum 6 students; 2 chaperones
    Please call for availability, 860-535-9362

    Find out more about how wild animals survive in their natural habitats by exploring the many different biomes on the planet.  Working with a NESS scientist we will compare and contrast the different biomes that make up Southern New England, design our own habitats, and help our community by helping to keep our biomes clean!
  • Week 4: July 13-17

    ROVs & Ocean Mysteries (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Includes: ROVs, kayaking, and snorkel adventures 

    Discover the deep sea, underwater volcanos, the ocean coast and even ROV’s! Use the NESS ROVers to complete a series of underwater challenges, make anatomical comparisons of deep sea specimens, and learn more about the history of our fascinating local coastline including animals, ships, and submarines.          $215
  • Week 2 (June 29-July 3)

    Sea Safari (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Go on a sea safari to discover an array of animals that depend on the sea! Learn about birds, salmon, eels, sharks, and more. Investigate the incredible journeys some animals make from fresh water to salt water. Take a kayak journey and boat excursion into the bay to get up close to wildlife.

    Includes: 1 boat trip aboard the Dodson’s Launch.


  • Week 3 (July 6-10)

    Aquariums & Terrariums (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Work in teams to create marine and terrestrial habitats for land and sea creatures. Learn all about what animals need to survive like food, water, and shelter. Take part in all mini-ecosystem care including feeding your animals, cleaning, and performing aquarium and terrarium tests to make sure your habitat is perfect for your plants and animals.


  • Week 8 (Aug. 10-14)

    Wild, Watery, World (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Swoosh, splash, drip, and drop! Experiment with ice, things that float, and salt and fresh water. Investigate the interesting and funny habits of some animals that make the water their home. Learn what happens to rain drops within the water cycle and explore a body of water on a stand up paddle board.