ON THE BOAT

Research Vessels

Up to 56 participants per trip.

Board one of our large research vessels and head out to sea for an unforgettable marine science experience!  Catch fish and plankton, participate in a seal or sea gull population study, pull up a mud grab, use oceanographic equipment to measure water quality, and more!  Each trip includes two highly trained Project Oceanology instructors who will teach your students how to use our sampling gear, facilitate data collection, help students make sense of what they are finding, and teach a lesson on the topic of your choice.  Visiting teachers may work with our marine educators to tailor a float plan, or select from one of our standard trips. See links below for recommended boat trips broken out by grade level.
Research vessel programs typically come with access to curriculum materials on related topics, including a data analysis lab and opportunities for students to compare their results with our historical dataset.  Most research vessel programs can be supplemented with a wide range of laboratory activities, depending on the academic goals of the visiting group.

Selected Equipment list (if you don’t see it, ask!):

  • Otter trawl

  • Lobster and crab traps (can be deployed ahead)

  • Plankton nets (various)

  • Peterson grab

  • Rod and reel (various)

  • ROVs

  • Sediment core

  • Van Dorn bottle

  • Vacuum pumps

  • YSI meter with long cable (O2, salinity, temp)

  • Light meter with long cable

  • Secchi disk

  • Forel-Ule scale

  • Microscopes

  • Binoculars

  • pH meter

  • Turbidity meter​

Field Kits

  • pH

  • CO2

  • Phosphates 

  • Ammonium

  • Nitrates

  • Chlorophyll

  • Total Organic Content

  • Fecal Coliform

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1084 Shennecossett Rd. Groton, CT 06340