1972 - The Interdistrict Committee
for Project Oceanology is formed, moves into century-old boathouse
on UConn Avery Point Campus
1973 - U.S. Navy donates 50' wooden
launch boat, renamed Enviro-lab
1986 - U.S. Customs Service donates
56' confiscated lobster boat, renamed Enviro-lab II
1991 - 65' Enviro-lab III, funded
through grants and donations, is launched
1997 - Connecticut General Assembly
appropriates $5.6 million to build a permanent facility for Project
2000 - Project Oceanology moves into
its new 22,000 sq. ft. facility
2002 - Project Oceanology celebrates
2012 - Project Oceanology celebrates
2015 - Project Oceanology won first place in The Day's 2015 Readers' Choice awards for best camps.
Our mission is
to nurture interest and enthusiasm for science and our planet's
marine environment. We are located in Groton at the University
of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus, exit 87 off I-95.
Project Oceanology was formed in 1972 by
a group of teachers and public school administrators from Southeastern
Connecticut who recognized the potential and importance of the
marine environment as an education resource. Armed with a grant
of $50,000, they obtained a vessel and retrofitted it into a
floating marine science classroom.
Over the years, Project Oceanology has grown
into a full-fledged marine science and environmental education
program with a 22,000 sq. ft. building and a variety of oceanographic
equipment and vessels. Approximately 25,000 people each year,
students and the general public alike, participate in Project
Oceanology's programs. Project Oceanology remains a non-profit
organization whose members are public school districts, colleges,
universities and educational institutions.
Project Oceanology is a 501c)(3) organization. Certain tax forms are available for public inspection as stipulated by the IRS. Project Oceanology's annual Form 990 is available for public inspection during regular business hours.