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!

2020 Schedule


Duration: 1 Week Overnight Camp (Sunday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 6 - 12+

Cost: $845

Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling: 10%

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

June 21 - June 26 (Grades 9 - 12)

June 28 - July 3 (Grades 6 - 8)

July 5 - July 10 (Grades 7 - 9)

July 12 - July 17 (Grades 7 - 9)

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

July 19 - July 24 (Grades 9 - 12)

July 26 - July 31 (Grades 6 - 8)

August 2 - August 7 (Grades 9 - 12)

August 9 - August 14 (Grades 6 - 8)



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.

2020 Schedule

Duration: 1 Week Overnight Camp 

(Sunday-Friday for grades 7-9) (Sunday-Saturday for grades 10-12)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 12+

Cost: $950 (Grades 7-9) / $1,140 (Grades 10-12)

Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling: 10%

Grades 7 - 9

Grades 10 - 12

June 28 - July 3

August 2 - August 8



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.

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.

2020 Schedule

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 5 - 7

Cost: $475

Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling: 10%

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!



Dive into the technology of ocean exploration! Investigate the brackish environment of Long Island Sound using marine technology to collect samples of plankton and algae, map the ocean floor, track currents, measure temperature and salinity at depth, and locate objects hidden beneath the waves. Campers will collaborate to design and build SeaPerch ROVs. Teams will tackle daily challenges related to real-world marine engineering problems. Navigate through an ROV obstacle course, clean up a simulated polluted waterway, observe bottom-dwelling organisms and more at SeaTech camp!

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Dates: August 3 - August 7

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 6 - 9

Cost: $500

Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling: 10%





Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Project Oceanology where they will be 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.  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 Museum, campers will learn 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.

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Ages 10-12

Dates: July 27 - July 31

Cost: $425 (Seaport Member); $450 (Non-Member)

Marine Explorers

Sailing into Science

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Ages 10-13

Dates: July 27 - July 31

Cost: $425 (Seaport Member); $450 (Non-Member)

Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Mystic Seaport where they will learn the nautical skills of early scientific explorers as they learn to sail.  Wednesday at lunchtime Project Oceanology will pick up the campers by boat and the campers will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday at Project Oceanology. At Project O, campers will dive into marine science exploration using trawl nets, plankton tows, fishing poles, and other oceanographic equipment to investigate the marine environment aboard Project O's research vessels, small skiffs, and on the shore.  Extended day is not offered for this camp.



Marine Animals and their Environments

Environmental Conservation Camp

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 4 - 6

Dates: July 20 - July 24

Cost: $445 (Aquarium Member); $475 (Non-Member)

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 10

Dates: July 20 - July 24

Cost: $445 (Aquarium Member); $475 (Non-Member)

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.  

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! 



Ecology Adventures

Duration: 4 Day Camp (Monday - Thursday)

Ages: Campers Ages 11 - 15

Dates: June 29 - July 2

Cost: $420 

Do you want to do it all this summer? Join Project Oceanology and NESS for this exciting program that combines Project O marine science with NESS adventure sports. Campers will spend 2 days at Project O exploring local habitats by boat, examining salt marshes, digging in the mudflats, and searching the rocky intertidal. Each day campers will identify and observe the marine animals they collect at each location. Campers will also spend 2 days at NESS and kayak to unique locations, snorkel in search of underwater creatures, catch a wave while boogie boarding, and skipper their own sailboat.



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