• Alewife Explorers!

    April 10, 2015

    Do you live in or near New London? Did you know that you have incredible, vibrant salt marshes and winding salt water creeks right in your backyard? Give your child the opportunity to explore and investigate Long Island Sound, an excellent natural resource right in New London!



  • Critter Facts: Osprey

    April 3, 2015

    Ever been sitting on the beach in the summer and hear above your head, “peep, peep, peep, peep”?  You look up expecting a small bird to match such a small voice, instead you see a hawk!!  This small voiced hawk is the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), or fish hawk, and you should start listening for them now!



  • Wuskenau Ocean Adventures!

    March 19, 2015

    Does your child love being around the ocean and exploring the coastline?  Does your child love to have fun snorkeling, kayaking or fishing?  Then sign them up for Wuskenau Ocean Adventures (WOA) at the beach in Westerly!  This is our second summer providing a youth adventure program at Wuskenau Beach in Westerly, in association with the Westerly Recreation Department. 



  • March 9-13th is AmeriCorps Week!

    March 9, 2015

    This is a week designed to bring awareness to AmeriCorps Programs and to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the AmeriCorps Members who commit to a year of service in order to help communities that need it most! Each year, more than 75,000 men and women engage in intensive service focusing on disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and supporting veterans and military families.



  • Ice Fishing

    March 9, 2015

    Saturday, February 7th
    At 7:00am I am packing my car for an exciting day of ice fishing. Overcast skies and temperatures hovering around freezing set the scene for a perfect day on the ice. After letting my car warm up, I go through my checklist: bait, ice-auger for drilling through the ice, tip-ups to trap the fish, and safety equipment. I head up the road to get some snacks and then on to the ice. The ice is awesome; 16 inches thick and freezing temps have made the ice thicker than I have seen in years. As soon as I find the perfect spot, I start drilling holes and begin to set up several ice fishing traps. Before anyone even arrives I have already caught a pickerel. The NESS students, a mix of kids and parents, have arrived and I double check they have layered warm clothes. Then, we head off onto the ice.



  • I Feel Like the King of the World!!!

    February 17, 2015

    This story is about Johnny*.  Johnny is a special kid with glasses, a big smile, a look of wonder on his face, and a love for learning and experiencing new things.  He wasn’t always this way though.



  • Summer Registration is Open!

    February 6, 2015

    Check out what’s new at NESS for summer 2015:

    • New Hartley 12 sailboats, a great learning platform for older beginners. Perfect for kids who have outgrown (or are too big for) Optis but aren’t quite ready (or big enough) for the more high performance Club 420.
    • Expanded adult sailing offerings in our growing fleet of Sonar sloops.
    • New classes for youth and adults & families at our New London Ocean Beach location.
    • New weekly themes for all of our marine science classes.
    • Expanded adventure sports offerings for kids as young as 9-years-old.
    • Expanded full day marine science and adventure sports classes for the 11 and up crowd.
    • New two-week options for Opti Learn to Sail classes.
    • Expanded offerings for our popular Taste of Optis and Second Taste of Optis classes.
    • Newly renovated main classroom, which makes a wonderful, effective teaching space.



  • Welcome to NESS’s new website!

    February 5, 2015

    Welcome to the new face of NESS online!  We hope you enjoy our new website, which we’ve redesigned with you in mind:


    • Visitors should have a better experience, with easier to navigate menus and a search function to find information more quickly.
    • Our platform is totally new, which will enable easier and more frequent updating.
    • We’re introducing our new blog, which will serve as our main vehicle for spreading news, interviews, and information.
    • We’ll be putting the finishing touches on our new website over the next couple of weeks; for example, we will optimize it for mobile devices.
    • What does the future hold? We plan to overhaul our online registration system in the coming months to offer an even better experience for parents and students.



  • AmeriCorps Members Put Citizenship and Service in Action

    January 26, 2015

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  In recognition of Dr. King's incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service in 1994.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off”. This MLK Day, the NESS SEA AmeriCorps team was joined by FoodCorps members and community volunteers to make a difference in the New London Community.