Our Hostel

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

Special Pricing:

New Groups

If  you are visiting for Project Oceanology programs and your group has never stayed in our ocean-view hostel, we will accommodate your stay for 50% off our regular rate of $80/room with a minimum of 7 room reservations. 



Not new to an overnight or two at Project O's facilities? We'd welcome you referring 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. 

*Book for next school year by June 30, 2019, and discount will be honored.*


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. 


Winter/Early Spring

  • 2-2:30 arrive and check into hostel

  • 2:30-5:00 Seal watch

  • 5:30 Dinner

  • 6:00-8:30 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!

Next Day

  • 7:30-8:00 Breakfast

  • 8:30-11:00 Lab program of your choice (see Fall/Late Spring program options)

Contact us for additional details. 

Fall/Late Spring

  • 2-2:30 Arrive and check into hostel

  • 2:30-5:00 Introduction to Oceanography aboard the R/V Envirolab.  

  • 5:30 Dinner

  • 6:00 - 8:30 Evening Lab Activity: Choose TWO of our hands-on, engaging laboratory programs.  Sample programs below:

  1. 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 over-looked 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!

  2. Davy Jones Locker

Next Day: 

  • 7:30-8:00 Breakfast

  • 8:30-11:00 Shore Program. Choose from one of the following three options:

  1. 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!  

  2. 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.

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