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  • Junior Windsurfing (Ages 10-13)

    July 20 – 24,   Mon-Fri 1:00 - 4:00 pm     $265/week

    Includes: Windsurfing

    Looking for something a bit different and challenging? Windsurfing is a sport that teaches balance and strength. Learn the basics of windsurfing including proper stance, self-rescue, tacking and gybing as well as some basic sail theory. Taught on our Bic Techno 293 boards we have a sail to fit your size.
  • High School Sailing

    NESS is proud to host local high school teams from The Williams School and New London Public Schools.

    The Williams School varsity sailing team has been sailing out of NESS in Stonington since 2011. … more


  • Week 5 (July 20-24)

    Aquatic Adventures (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Get a taste of sailing, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and windsurfing in this adventure program. Build your muscles with a taste of kayaking, feel the gentle rock and roll of a sailboat while tied to the dock, practice your balance using surfboards and learn the technique of pulling up a windsurf sail.


  • Week 6 (July 27-31)

    Tank Tales (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Create, catch, feed and clean! Discover what it’s like to work behind the scenes in an aquarium. Design your tank, collect your sediment and catch your animals. Learn the techniques for feeding, cleaning and keeping a healthy ecosystem for your favorite animals!


  • Week 10 (Aug. 24-28)

    STEAM Scientists (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to undertake these STEAM investigations built for young scientists. Explore the power of wind and its relationship with shapes, dissect a shark, design a machine to help clean up our local environments, and use microscopes and document cameras to get up close and personal with a variety of creatures and prepared slides from the NESS lab!


  • Week 8 (Aug. 10-14)

    Environmental Engineers (AM Session, 9 am - 12 pm)

    Use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in this engaging adventure learning program. Use concepts generated from the field of Biomimicry to make new product designs, generate ideas and plans to solve local marine issues, build a plankton net, and figure out more ways to utilize wind, hydro, and solar energy. Explore local habitats while testing and gathering design ideas for your prototypes. Includes: engineering, microscopes, boat trips, and snorkel adventures.


  • Week 2 June 29 - July 3

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

    Includes: underwater video technology, kayaking, and snorkeling

    Unravel the delicious and edible interconnections between humans, animals, and the ocean. Uncover the importance of algae, engineer new traps, lures, and devices, clam, and develop your own technique to harvest food from the ocean. View images from an underwater video camera to watch your device in action.          $215
  • 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.
  • CT Public Schools Spring Break (Grades 5-8)  Monday, April 13-Thursday, April 17, 2015

    Science of ROVs (AM Session, 9 am -12 pm)   Cost: $180   Minimum 6 students

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

    Science of ROVs Discover the fascinating history of ocean exploration, where it began and how far it has come with new and exciting technologies! Work in teams to construct your own NESS ROVer and put it to the test through a variety of underwater challenges. Take your design into the field to test hydrodynamics, stability, and buoyancy.

    Hydroponics Explore the world of plants, algae, hydroponics and all things that photosynthesize! Create an herbarium, grow your own Wisconsin Fast plants while measuring and graphing growth, learn the science of and work as a team to build a hydroponics tank, and use microscopes to discover the amazing plants that inhabit the ocean!

  • CT Public Schools Spring Break (Grades K-4)  Monday, April 13-Thursday, April 17, 2015

    Ecosystem Excursions (AM Session, 9 am -12 pm)   Cost: $180   Minimum 6 students

    STEAM Challenges 2 (PM Session, 1 pm -4 pm)   Cost: $180   Minimum 6 students

    Ecosystem Excursions Get outside, explore diverse ecosystems, and even try your luck with fishing. Compare habitats, use an underwater live feed camera, utilize microscopes, and make observations of the organisms you find. Find out why certain animals thrive in specific areas and feed some of the amazing animals that live in the NESS aquariums.

    STEAM Challenges 2 Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to undertake these new exciting STEAM challenges. Measure success through angles when creating a contraption to withstand the simulated pitch and roll of a boat, unlock the buoyancy mystery of Davy Jones' Locker, test the strength of bridge designs, and use your imagination and creativity to make a Rube Goldberg invention.