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  • Week 6 (July 27-31)

    Bait Fishing & Aquaculture , Age 11-17, (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Combine the science of aquaculture and the adventure of bait fishing as you learn to catch, classify, and grow a variety of small bait fish. Use nets, live tanks and monitoring systems to grow a sustainable stock. Use seine nets, dip nets, cast nets, aquaculture tanks, and water monitoring equipment to investigate the science and engineering behind bait aquaculture. Includes: aquaculture, fishing, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.


  • Junior Keelboat (ages 11-16)

    Monday–Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm      $285/week

    June 29-July 3; July 6-10; July 27-31; Aug 10-14 

    Pre-requisites: any NESS Learn to Sail or by Instructor recommendation

    Beginner Level - Learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat in a setting that also works with team building.  This class will cover the basics of rigging, steering and safety aboard our 23 foot Sonar.   Students in this class will be introduced also in how to rig and fly a spinnaker by the end of the week.   This is a great class for individuals or groups of friends.   An instructor is on board the whole time teaching how to sail this small keelboat.
  • Week 9 (Aug. 17-21)

    Animal Stewards (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    If you could speak for the animals, what would you say? Gain animal and ecosystem knowledge, look into thriving and endangered populations, develop an ecotourism plan to benefit humans and animals, and help with local marine monitoring of protected areas. Develop and carry out a project that will give back to the ocean to help keep it safe and clean for our futures. Accept the ocean’s rewards as you have fun exploring, boogie boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. Includes: boogie boarding, kayaking, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.


  • Week 10 (Aug 24-28)

    Choose Your Own Adventure (PM Session, 1 pm - 4 pm)

    Take part in this outdoor adventure as you and your classmates choose from activities like kayaking, boogie boarding, snorkeling, marine science field excursions, fishing and more! Learn the basics of choosing your adventure based on weather, wind, waves, navigation and local history while exploring Long Island Sound. Options include: boogie boarding, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.


  • Week 6: July 27-31

    Junior Guards (Ages 9-14, 1 pm-4 pm)

    Get ready to have fun while learning how to become a future leader of the ocean! This is a great opportunity to get a basic overview in First Aid, CPR, AED, and waterfront rescue skills. There will be an emphasis towards physical fitness, oceanfront hazards, and marine ecology. This program also incorporates activities such as snorkeling, boogie boarding, beach flags and rescue tube relays. Students must be able to swim two laps continuously and tread water for one minute. This is not a certifying course.         $190

  • Sonar Sailing Science (ages 7-12)

    Mondays 2:00-4:00pm         May 11, 18 & June 1

    Enrollment: minimum 4 students

    Cost: $105

    Jump aboard one of our 23’ Sonar Sailboats and discover some of the science behind how a sailboat works.  Learn how to work as a team while a NESS Educator is on board teaching the basics about how a boat works, why we need wind and simple machines.  Sail around the safety of our harbor making keen observations all while having fun.

  • NESS Geocaching (grades K-4)

    Fridays 4:00-5:30pm           May 1, 8, 15 & 22

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $80

    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 four different locations!   Remember to dress warmly as we will be outside!

  • Kayak Fishing (ages 7-12)

    Tuesdays 10:30-12:00 pm          September 1 & 8

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $45

    Learn the basics of fishing from a kayak, tying knots, baiting hooks, cleaning gear, and practicing fishing safety. By becoming more aware of our local fisheries and participating in fishing, students are placed in a position to care for the environment from which they benefit. We practice catch and release only. Students may bring their own fishing rods and tackle ready for use. Some NESS rods are available and bait will be provided, please call to inquire.

  • SUP-Yak

    Saturdays & Sundays; October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18

    1:00-3:00 pm

    Minimum: 6 participants               Cost: $25/participant

    Learn how to safely stand up paddle board and kayaking with your family!  With the help of a NESS instructor learn the basic paddle stokes and techniques to enjoy both water sports.  After the basics paddle your way around the warm waters of Little Narragansett Bay and challenge yourself with new skills, play SUP & Yak games, and enjoy the company of your family while exploring our local waters.  Class includes use of a life jacket, wetsuit, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards.   

  • Coastal Crusaders (Ages 10-13)

    July 18-22, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  $190/week

    Includes: taste of surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, stand up paddleboarding, snorkel adventures, playing in the salt pond & the ocean   

    Become a coastal crusader as you explore the coastline by kayaking, boogie boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and identifying snorkel spots through local chart navigation readings.  Analyze coastline changes, sift through ways to prevent beach erosion, and discover coastal ecosystems.  Take the first exciting step in learning to surf by practicing your stance, balance, paddle technique, duck dives, and get a taste of riding waves.