44 years of Project Oceanology summertime day & residential overnight camps.



  • 1 Week Overnight Camp 

  • Campers Entering Grades 6 -12+

  • $845

  • Discounts: Military $50, Multi-Session and Multi-Sibling 10%

Cruise the waters of Long Island Sound and conduct oceanographic research. Our waterfront hostel will be your home away from home as you learn about marine science aboard our research vessels and skiffs. Campers will also study and explore salt marshes, rocky intertidal zones, sandy beaches, and nearshore marine life.


Under the guidance of professional marine scientists, campers will use oceanographic research equipment such as sediment corers, salinity meters, nutrient test kits, dissolved oxygen meters, otter trawls, and seine nets. Team-building and leadership activities will be woven into daily life as you explore Long Island Sound!

Summer 2020 Schedule
Week 1 
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7 
Week 8
June 21 - June 26           
June 28 - July 3             
July 5 - July 10               
July 12 - July 17             
July 19 - July 24             
July 26 - July 31           
August 2 - August 7        
August 9 - August 14    
GR  9-12
GR  6-8
GR  7-9
GR  7-9
GR  9-12
GR  6-8
GR  9-12
GR  6-8


  • 1 Week Day Camp

  • Campers Entering Grades 5-7

  • $475

  • Discounts: Military $50, Multi-Session and Multi-Sibling 10%


Explore Long Island Sound’s rocky shores, salt marshes, barrier beaches, and more! Discover
the vital role habitats play in our coastal ecosystems by using scientific instruments such as trawl nets, seine nets, plankton nets, and water chemistry kits.


Back at Project Oceanology, we’ll
reinforce what we have learned through games, art projects, and scientific experiments. On Fridays, the last day of camp, families are invited to come out aboard the R/V EnviroLab for an afternoon cruise so that their campers can share the knowledge and skills they have gained.

Summer 2020 Schedule

All themed weeks consist of time aboard one of our research vessels and our fleet of Carolina skiffs. Campers will set plankton and trawl nets to explore the biodiversity living in Long Island Sound and sample the water quality in the estuary. Each day consists of a combination of hands-on activities that take place in our classrooms, along the shore or aboard our boats.

June 22 - June 26                    Hidden Habitat
Squish through the salt marsh, climb on the rocky shore, and comb through the beach as you explore a different habitat each day! 
July 6 - July 10                   Animal Adaptations
Campers will collect and observe animals from Long Island Sound and discover how they are adapted to find food and protect themselves from predators!
July 13 - July 17                       Eco Engineers
Campers will try their hand at operating a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and design their own fishing gear!



  • 1 Week Overnight Camp

  • Campers Entering Grades 7-12+

  • $950 (GR 7-9) / $1,140 (GR 10-12)

  • Discounts: Military $50, Multi-Session and Multi-Sibling 10%


Are you interested in a career in marine science? Project Oceanology’s Marine Science Research Experience is a unique opportunity for students to participate in authentic science by designing and conducting their own independent research projects. Under the mentorship of professional marine scientists, students will learn how to use a wide range of oceanographic research equipment and techniques aboard boats, on the shore, and in our waterfront marine laboratories. Students and staff in this program become a close-knit community of scientists and forge lifelong connections as they design, conduct, and trouble-shoot their experiments, analyze and communicate their results, and live together in our waterfront hostel.  At the end of the program, students will present their findings in a poster presentation or symposium to their families, mentors, and peers.

Summer 2020 Schedule
June 28 - July 3
August 2 - August 8
GR  7-9
GR  9-12
  • 1 Week Day Camp (July 27 - July 31)

  • $425 (Seaport Member)  $450 (Non-Member)


Marine Explorers: Campers ages 10-12 will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Mystic Seaport Museum learning about the history of scientific exploration and doing hands-on activities including making nautical instruments, sewing scientific journals, interacting with a scientific explorer from the past, and more. Wednesday at lunch time Project Oceanology will pick up the campers by boat and the campers will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday at Project O. At Project O, campers will use their new tools and skills to become scientist explorers in a wide range of marine environments. Campers will spend time at sea aboard Project Oceanology's large research vessel, using trawl nets, plankton nets, mud grabs, fishing poles, and other oceanographic equipment; they’ll investigate the sea life around an uninhabited island; and more.

Register through Mystic Seaport Museum 

  • 1 Week Day Camp (July 27 - July 31)

  • $425 (Seaport Member)  $450 (Non-Member)


Marine Explorers: Campers ages 13-15 will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Project Oceanology diving into marine science exploration aboard Project O's research vessels, small skiffs, and on the shore. They’ll use trawl nets, plankton tows, fishing poles, and a wide range of other other oceanographic equipment to investigate the marine environment.  Campers will travel by boat at lunch time on Wednesday to Mystic Seaport Museum, where they will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday. At Mystic Seaport, campers will unite their new scientific skills with the nautical skills of early scientific explorers as they learn to sail.


Register through Mystic Seaport Museum


Ecology Adventures:  Do you want to do it all this summer? Join NESS and Project Oceanology for this exciting new program that combines NESS adventure sports with Project O science. Spend two days at NESS and kayak to unique locations, snorkel in search of underwater creatures, catch a wave while boogie boarding, and skipper your own sailboat. At Project Oceanology, use scientific equipment such as seine nets and water chemistry kits to study marine organisms and their environment. Step through salt marshes, dig in mud flats, and explore the rocky intertidal! At both locations, campers will learn how to use photography to document the marine animals and other objects that they collect and observe.


Registration available through New England Science and Sailing.

**To ensure you locate Project O's joint camp with NESS: Click the linked button below, scroll down and select "Marine Science - Partnership Programs" on the left side of the page. Of the selections that populate, select "Marine Biologists (Week 2 Full Day) - Ecology Adventures".


  • 1 Week Day Camp (July 20 - July 24)

  • $445 (Aquarium Member)  $475 (Non-Member)


Marine Animals and their Environments:  Entering Grades 4-6

Join our experienced instructors on a journey of investigation to discover animal adaptations to various habitats, environmental changes, and how these changes are impacting animals and plants that call them home. This is the perfect program for campers who want to get their feet wet as they explore by land and sea and discover the marine animals and their habitats.  

Environmental  Conservation Camp Entering Grades 7-10

Spending time on the water, participating in experiments, meeting with expert scientists, and even heading behind-the-scenes of the Aquarium’s exhibits will open the campers’ eyes to many marine conservation opportunities awaiting them today and in the future! 

Registration available through the Mystic Aquarium

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