About NESS

Welcome to the New England Science & Sailing Foundation!

Our Goal: Building Brighter Futures

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life. NESS uses sailing, marine science, powerboating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms. We engage everyone in experiential learning that builds confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills vital to their futures.

Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities.

Our innovative and award-winning programs are centered around our four core values:


NESS opens doors for on-the-water learning for all students regardless of ability or financial need

Experiential Learning

NESS actively engages students through inquiry-based learning by doing, seeing, and feeling first hand

Personal Growth

NESS takes students out of their comfort zones for personal discovery and empowerment


NESS builds connections between students, their communities, and a sustainable natural environment