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  • NESS & Mystic Aquarium

    A Week in the Life of a Marine Biologist              (Ages 13-16)

    Week 8:  August 10 - 14  8:30 am - 4:00 pm    

    $420/Aquarium members   $450/Aquarium non-members

    Does your teen love marine biology and yearn to know what it’s like to be a scientist? Join the Mystic Aquarium and New England Science & Sailing (NESS) for this exciting program that allows for a unique experience in the best aspects of a career in marine biology. Participants will start their day at NESS exploring Little Narragansett Bay by kayak, snorkel, foot and boat where they will perform field research before heading over to the Mystic Aquarium for engaging hands-on programming. This program is designed to give you a real taste of what it’s like to be a marine biologist. Morning drop-off is at NESS in Stonington. All students take the SEAT bus with an instructor to Mystic Aquarium. Afternoon pick-up is at Mystic Aquarium. All registration will be through Mystic Aquarium.

    Morning drop-off is at NESS and afternoon pick-up will be at the Mystic Aquarium. Registration will be handled by the Mystic Aquarium at 860-572-5955.

     
  • Week 8 (August 8-12)

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, You Fish (All Day, 9:00 am-4:00 pm)

    Begin each morning with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) and tall tales of whales, snails and the ones that got away.  Hike each morning to spike creativity before getting busy at the beautiful and new Coogan Farm Art Barn.  Create a fanciful collage, plaque, or painting inspired by shore explorations, fish investigations, storytelling, local fishing history and your imagination.  For the afternoon, campers will be transported to New England Science & Sailing (NESS) to check out the bold methods of fish camouflage, explore fish behavior, snorkel, fish print on your own T-shirt, and travel by powerboat to learn about biodiversity in local habitats.  Try your hand at fishing using rod & reel, dip nets, seine nets, and cast nets.

     $395/week

    Morning drop-off is at DPNC and afternoon pick-up will be at NESS.  Registration will be handled by DPNC at 860-536-1216.      
     
  • Wuskenau Ocean Adventures!

    March 19, 2015

    Does your child love being around the ocean and exploring the coastline?  Does your child love to have fun snorkeling, kayaking or fishing?  Then sign them up for Wuskenau Ocean Adventures (WOA) at the beach in Westerly!  This is our second summer providing a youth adventure program at Wuskenau Beach in Westerly, in association with the Westerly Recreation Department. 

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  • Adult Advanced (Ages 16+)

    Enrollment is limited to 5 adults per class.

    New to NESS this summer! Are you looking to get more time on the water, under the guidance of an experienced instructor? Our advanced class is a good next step for those who have taken intermediate class as well as more advanced sailors looking to continue to build your skillset as a sailor. Dive deeper into how sailing works and the ins and outs of cruising Fisher's Island Sound, all while continuing to refine your boathandling skills. We will work on docking, anchoring, spinnaker basics, and sailing succesfully in all conditions. US Sailing's Keelboat Basics Manual available for an additional $20.

    Saturday + Sunday,
    9:00 am-12:30 pm
    2 Days, $155
    Saturday + Sunday,
    1:30-5:00 pm
    2 Days, $155
    May 14+15
    May 21+22
    June 11+12
    June 18+19
    May 7+8
    May 28+29
    June 4+5
     
  • Adult Advanced (Ages 16+)

    Enrollment is limited to 5 adults per class.

    New to NESS this summer! Are you looking to get more time on the water, under the guidance of an experienced instructor? Our advanced class is a good next step for those who have taken intermediate class as well as more advanced sailors looking to continue to build your skillset as a sailor. Dive deeper into how sailing works and the ins and outs of cruising Fisher's Island Sound, all while continuing to refine your boathandling skills. We will work on docking, anchoring, spinnaker basics, and sailing succesfully in all conditions. US Sailing's Keelboat Basics Manual available for an additional $20.

    Saturday + Sunday,
    9:00 am-12:30 pm
    2 Days, $155
    Saturday + Sunday,
    1:30-5:00 pm
    2 Days, $155
    July 2+3
    July 16+17
    July 30+31
    Aug 13+14
    Aug 27+28
    June 25+26
    July 9+10
    July 23+24
    Aug 6+7
    Aug 20+21
    Sept 3+4
     
  • Pine Point Spring Break (Grades K-4) March 13-17

    Watershed Wonders (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    STEAM Challenges (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $180    Minimum 6 students

    Watershed Wonders Discover our amazing local watersheds and figure out where our water flows and goes. Venture on a watershed kayak journey, analyze water quality and the health of the watershed, build experimental models, discover if Davy Jones’ Locker is real, and invent new ways of keeping our local waterways clean. View a variety of residential and migratory animals that reside in our local watershed.   

    STEAM Challenges Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to undertake these exciting STEAM challenges.  Learn about the field of Biomimicry as you develop a product based on nature to design and market to the NESS judges, take the marble maze craze challenge, build a model catapult, and investigate wind power using iPads and experiment with wind turbine shapes.

     
  • Week 7 (August 7-11)

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, You Fish (All Day, 9:00 am-4:00 pm)

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    Begin each morning at New England Science & Sailing (NESS) to investigate fish shapes, colors, and behaviors using underwater cameras, microscopes, and snorkel gear.  Fish print on your own T-shirt, perform a fish dissection, get into the field by powerboat to explore fish populations, and try your hand at fishing using rod & reel, dip nets, seine nets, and cast nets.  For the afternoon, campers will be transported to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) at the Coogan Farm to "fish for" creative inspiration on the trails, at the mysterious Stillman mansion foundation and in the rich earth of the Giving Garden.  Bring your inspiration to life inside the beautiful Jules Xavier Schneider Art Barn (the Nature and Creative Arts Center),up on the hill at the Hamm Pavilion overlooking the Mystic river or at a chosen spot on the farm, using found and natural materials. 

     $400/week

    Morning drop-off is at NESS and afternoon pick-up will be at DPNC.  
    *Late pick-up will not be available for this program.     
     
  • Kayak Fishing (Ages 11-17)

    Includes: fishing & kayaking    $230/week

    This week is open to experienced kayakers and anglers who are ready to take their skills to the next level!  Some of last year’s catches included porgies, snapper blues, pilot fish, trigger fish and even a remora! You never know exactly what will happen in this exciting class where we get to explore more closely some of the best inshore fishing spots. We will be teaching the basics of fishing from a kayak, tying knots, baiting hooks, cleaning gear, and practicing fishing safety. We practice catch and release only.  Students should bring their own fishing rods and tackle ready for use.  Some NESS rods are available and bait will be provided, please call to inquire.


    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Week 5
    (July 24-28)

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    Afternoon Class:
    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 9 (August 21-25)

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  • Fishing (Ages 11-17)

    Includes: fishing & boat rides    $260/week

    Summer is the best time of year for fishing, but you need the knowledge of fish habits to help narrow down the best fishing areas by boat and from shore.  Open to both experienced and new anglers.  Learn the basics of a variety of styles of fishing including rod and reel trolling, bottom fishing, fly fishing, clamming and lobster fishing. Students will also learn about tying knots, baiting hooks, cleaning gear, and practicing fishing safety. Become more aware of local fisheries and fishing impacts. We practice catch and release only.  Students should bring their own fishing rods and tackle ready for use.  Some NESS rods are available and bait will be provided, please call to inquire. 

    Afternoon Class:
    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

     

    Week 4 (July 17-21)

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    Week 10 (August 28-Sept 1)

     
  • Adult Intermediate (Ages 16+)

    Enrollment is limited to 4 adults per class.

    Build upon your sailing skills and find other people who share a passion for getting out on the water. This class is designed for intermediate sailors and those who have recently taken a Learn to Sail program. Our instructor will boost confidence and help you hone your sailing skills such as sailing upwind, reading telltales, navigating Fisher's Island Sound, and more advanced sailing maneuvers. We will spend ~1hr in the classroom & the rest on the water!

    Weekdays, 1:30-5:00 pm
    2 Days, $155
    Saturday + Sunday, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
    2 Days, $155
    Saturday + Sunday, 1:30-5:00pm
    2 Days, $155
    June 29+30
    July 13+14
    July 18+19
    July 27+28
    Aug 10+11
    Aug 24+25
    July 8+9
    July 22+23
    Aug 5+6
    Aug 19+20
    Sept 2+3
    July 1+2
    July 15+16
    July 29+30
    Aug 12+13
    Aug 26+27