3 Ways You Can #OptOutside on Black Friday!

Don’t spend your Black Friday in busy shopping malls, #OptOutside! REI began a national campaign to get people outdoors by closing their stores and giving their employees a paid day off to enjoy nature on Black Friday. REI chooses life outdoors, and so do we! Not only will you get some fresh air, but time […]

A Closer Look at Our Core Values!

NESS provides STEM-based programs year-round, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life. Our goal is to build brighter futures. From the beginning, we have been guided by four main core values. These core values are inclusiveness, experiential learning, personal growth, and stewardship. So even when our students are out powerboating, […]

Great Story: Imagine That Day

Imagine That Day Written by Lauren “Noodle” O’Donnell “‘Alright that’s everything! Van is all packed and ready to go!’ I called out as I slammed the large NESS van doors shut tight. Tyler, a NESS educator, and I hopped in the van and drove off to Ledyard, CT. We wove through the back roads of […]

NESS Receives Accreditation as School Partner Program!

At its meeting on November 6, 2018, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) voted to accredit NESS as a school partner program. This decision makes NESS the first school partner program to be accredited by the oldest accreditation agency in the country. Founded in 2002 as a community sailing program, NESS has […]

NESS’s 2018 Annual Benefit Gala

As you may have heard, NESS’s Annual Benefit Gala on November 3rd was a success! We had 245 people attend the event and were glad to see both familiar faces as well as meet new friends of NESS. Thank you to all of the sponsors, advertisers, donors, and volunteers who helped us reach our goals […]

How NESS Implements US Sailing’s REACH Curriculum

NESS loves to provide the opportunity to sail with anyone who wants to learn, so what better way to get sailing than through school? Not only is sailing a great way to build lifelong skills such as teamwork, confidence, and leadership, but is also an educational experience! NESS educators use US Sailing’s REACH curriculum to […]

Seaweed Farming in Our Backyard!

So, you’ve heard of agriculture, but what about aquaculture? Well seaweed farming is happening right here in Long Island Sound! Let’s delve into this a little bit! Seaweed…first of all, the term “weed” has a pretty negative connotation, similar to “pest.” And for frequent beach-goers it can be a real pest! It’s stinky, gets caught […]

Clean Up Our Beaches!

Using reusable materials and being mindful of where our trash goes seems to be a trendy topic, but regardless marine debris continues to be one of the biggest threats to our oceans today. Researchers don’t even know how much plastic is in our oceans! Marine debris doesn’t just mean plastics, but anything that is solid […]

Porgies, Bass, and Eighth-Graders, Oh My!

Porgies, Bass, and Eighth-Graders, Oh My! New London Fall Fishing Tournament Although the weather is getting chilly and school is in full swing, that doesn’t stop NESS from doing our thing! On Thursday, September 27th, NESS partnered with New London community volunteers to host a fall fishing tournament for eighth grade Leadership students from Bennie […]

NESS Curriculum: How We Implement Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP)

NESS Curriculum: How We Implement Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP) “understanding the ocean is essential to comprehending and protecting this planet on which we live” As the beginning of a new school year is upon us, you might be wondering how NESS curriculum is created! NESS uses curriculum standards such as the Ocean Literacy Principles to […]