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  • Ocean Literacy & Standards

    Ocean Literacy Principles

    NESS programs reflect the principles set forth by “Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K – 12” published in June 2005 by the … more


  • Paddle and explore Little Narragansett Bay during the best months of the year.  Kayak to estuaries, coves, islands, and other places where power boats are not able to go.  Snorkel the warm waters of the harbor and the bay, while learning about local ecosystems and the species that inhabit them. No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but an interest in the ocean, snorkeling, and kayaking is a must for this adventure week. 
    Includes: snorkeling & kayaking


    Morning Class:

    Mon – Friday,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Week 4
    (July 14-18)
    Week 5 (July 21-25)
    Week 6 (July 28-Aug 1)
    Week 9 (Aug 18 – 22)

    Afternoon Class:

    Mon – Friday,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Week 1
    (June 22-26)
    Week 2 (June 29-July 3)
    Week 6 (July 27-31)

  • Juniors: Geocacher Badge

    3 classes/2 hours per class     $90/student
    Minimum 6 students; 2 chaperones
    Please call for availability, 860-535-9362

    NOTE: 1 class will meet at Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, and 1 class will meet at Bluff Point State Park.

    Learn basic navigation to participate in the fun hobby of Geocaching!  Geocaching is a real life treasure hunt using a device that has GPS!  Join a NESS scientist as we learn about navigation on land and sea, make an item to let other geocachers know we’ve discovered a particular treasure, and go geocaching in three different locations! 
  • Webelos: Wildlife Conservation Pin and Naturalist Badge

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

    1 class meets at NESS / 1 class meets at Barn Island

    Earn your Naturalist Badge and Wildlife Conservation Pin with a badge counselor from NESS!  Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands by looking at the ecology of these important biomes.  Some activities include:

    • Identifying producers, consumers and decomposers
    • Learning different ways animals camouflage themselves
    • Participate in a beach clean-up or service project.

  • Week 4 (July 13-17)

    Salty Dogs (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Leave the landlubbers behind and become a salty dog as you submerse yourself in the realm of boats and buoyancy. Perform experiments based on the forces of floating, design your own model boat, and become Captain of your own vessel by getting a taste of sailing safely in an Opti and paddling a kayak! Sing some sea shanties, learn about life on sailing ships from our past, and even hear about dogs that went to sea with their sailor owners. Includes: 1 boat trip in the harbor aboard the Dodson’s Launch.


  • Week 8 (Aug. 10-14)

    Whales, Tales, & Gales, Oh My! (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Learn all about whales from tip to tail, hear about tales of sailors from long ago, and consider the world of meteorology while analyzing clouds, wind, and rainbows. Use kayaks, a taste of sailing, a safe boat trip in the harbor, and your imagination to prepare for a journey to simulate what life would have been like as a sailor preparing and embarking on a trip. Includes: 1 boat trip in the harbor aboard the Dodson’s Launch.


  • Week 6 (July 27-31)

    ROV Construction (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Design, create, build, and test a SeaPerch ROV. Work as a team through the entire process from soldering circuits, putting together motors and blades, water proofing electronics, experimenting with ROV shape, testing buoyancy, and perfecting ROV performance in the ocean through a series of fun and challenging scenarios. Take one boat trip to test your design in the Sound. Includes: 1 boat trip, Fabrication of SeaPerch ROVs, NESS ROV Shop Tools, tool instruction, ROV testing.


  • Hartley 12 Level 2 (ages 10-16)

    Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm         $285/week

    June29-July 3; July 13-17; July 27-31; Aug 10-14

    Pre-requisites, Level 2: Hartley 12 Level 1

    Beginner Level -Take the next step in the sport of sailing with this Hartley level 2 class.   A perfect continuation from the Hartley level 1 class or a great fit for those who want to work on their basic sailing techniques.   The Hartley 12 is fast to rig and easy to sail meaning more time on the water practicing and refining your sailing skills.
  • Junior Lifeguards (Ages 10-13)

    June 27-July 1 & July 11-15 

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  $190/week

    Includes: surf and ocean rescue, skills in first aid and CPR, boogie boarding, body surfing, beach/water flags and race relays.   

    Learn the basics of what it takes to be a lifeguard. This program promotes teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety while introducing students to professional opportunities. Get quality water safety education on ocean and beach hazards, including rip currents, waves and tides. Gain an understanding on beach ecology and marine life and learn respect for the environment and for themselves, their parents and their peers. This is not a certifying class.  

  • Week 5 (July 24-28)

    Matter Mysteries (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

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    Experiment with a variety of solids, liquids, and gases while investigating the interactions between these types of matter.  Handle mysterious matter within the lab, go into the field to see how the liquid ocean affects our solid coastlines, harness the gaseous power of wind while getting a taste of sailing on a Sonar, ride on waves, and build an invention that uses all three types of matter.  Includes: taste of sailing, boogie boarding, at least 1 boat trip, & snorkeling