Bring your group to stay at our 56-bunk hostel. Two floors offer plenty of space with 4 bunks per room, and the ocean views are amazing!


Special Pricing:

We'd welcome you to refer our hostel to various groups (e.g., education, government, private corporations, and the general public, etc.)! If your referral books a hostel stay with us, we will provide your organization with a 50% discount on your next hostel stay at Project O. 


Suggested Itineraries: 

Below are seasonal itineraries of what a stay at Project O's hostel can entail. Please note, we can make adjustments to these schedules to meet your specific needs.

Fall/Late Spring

Day One
     2:00 - 2:30 PM     Arrive and check-in
     2:30 - 5:00 PM     Introduction to Oceanography aboard the R/V Envirolab
     5:30 - 6:00 PM     Dinner
     6:00 - 8:30 PM     Evening lab activity: choose two from the list below

Day Two
     7:30 - 8:00 AM     Breakfast
   8:30 - 11:00 AM     Shore program: choose one from the list below

Winter/Early Spring

Day One
     2:00 - 2:30 PM     Arrive and check-in
     2:30 - 5:00 PM     Seal Watch
     5:30 - 6:00 PM     Dinner
     6:00 - 8:00 PM     Evening lab activity: Pinniped Power/Seal Thermoregulation - Learn more about these                                          amazing marine mammals and how they are adapted to survive in their cold environment!

Day Two
     7:30 - 8:00 AM     Breakfast
   8:30 - 11:00 AM     Lab program: choose one from the list below


Shore Programs (Fall/Late Spring Only)

Seining and water Chemistry at Bluff Point: Get your feet wet in the estuary! In this fun and popular shore program, participants use seine nets to catch nearshore fish, then work together to identify and measure them. Groups will need their own transportation to Bluff Point State Park (@10 minutes from Project Oceanology). After seining, hike out to the Barrier beach, or carry your lunch out to the Bluff for fantastic views of Long Island Sound!

Pine Island Exploration: Travel by skiff (additional skiff fee applies) to Pine Island, an uninhabited island across the water from Project Oceanology. We can seine for nearshore fish (see above), explore the rocky intertidal, and hike through the island learning about its history. At the end of the trip, relax and eat your lunch on the beach before traveling back to Project O by skiff.


Rocky Intertidal Exploration/Crab Habitats: Takes place right at Project O.

Evening Lab Activities (All Year)

Plankton Exploration: During the boat program we'll use a plankton net to capture a plankton sample. After dinner, we'll get out the microscopes to observe and identify these amazing and often overlooked residents of Long Island Sound! Participants will compare different types of plankton, and learn about the role of plankton in food webs.  At the end of the program, we'll have a short engineering design challenge in which participants will compete to design the plankton with the slowest sinking rate!

Davy Jones Locker: The world’s ocean currents are driven by variations in density and caused by variations in salinity and temperature. These currents exist in layers within the water column. In this lesson, you will observe and replicate a model of ocean layering using knowledge about the physical properties of water that cause layering. You will be challenged to create a model to determine if the mythical Davy Jones’ Locker is possible: float a vial at the surface, float a vial at mid-water and sink a vial to the bottom.

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