NESS’s Marine Science Program for Yacht Clubs

Would your juniors like to dissect a squid?

Are you looking for activities for your juniors who are too young for your sailing program?

Do you have juniors who love the ocean but aren’t into sailing?

Are your junior sailors sometimes interested in doing something different?  

Then a new program from New England Science & Sailing Foundation might be for you!


NESS now offers marine science programs for local yacht clubs and other organizations to help you serve your members with innovative programming.  A trained NESS educator will come to your club to teach a fun, engaging, land-based program on the topic of your choice.

AGES:  We recommend age groupings of 4 to 6-year-olds, 7 to 10-year-olds, and 11 & up.  Other age groupings are possible upon request.

DURATION:  Each class is either 1.5 or 2.5 hours long (you choose).

EDUCATORS:  NESS’s marine science educators have science or education degrees as well as experience teaching science in an adventure education setting.

DATES:  Weekday mornings, June 22 through August 28, 2015.  Not all dates are available; please call for availability.

LOCATION:  Your club!

PRICE:  Please contact NESS for pricing information.



CHAPERONES:  For every 10 students, we require one adult chaperone, provided by the club.


TOPICS:  Choose from the following class themes:


A Fish Tale

Be a fish detective! Investigate the appearances and behaviors of various fish that are strange looking, unusually shaped, brightly colored and even fish that glow. Examine the mysterious and hard to study lives of sharks, rays and eels.

A Rockin’ Ocean Coast

Come discover the amazing life in the ocean’s tide pools and the crowded animal communities living right around rocky shorelines. Peer into tide pools while learning about crabs, snails, algae and more.

Algae All Around Us

Touch different types of algae and compare them to plants on land. Discover what items in your refrigerator might have algae as an ingredient and how it is vital for marine animals and people. Search local habitats for different colors of seaweed and see some of the important algae parts. Make an algae press picture to keep!

 Big & Small Ocean Animals

The Earth has an incredible amount of animals, both big and small. Spend time investigating the mostly very small plankton, hand-sized tide pool animals, and gigantic whales. Learn how to find plankton, how to handle some live local animals, and compare yourself to the giant sizes of whales.

Wacky World of Invertebrates

Imagine being able to taste with your fingertips, change color instantly, or fit your entire body into a tiny soda bottle? Come and discover the amazing and zany worlds of animals without backbones - lobsters, butterflies, snails, and insects.      


Amazing Lives of Marine Mammals

Hold a walrus tusk, investigate whale baleen, compare and contrast sea otter and harbor seal pelts and hear about some of the marine mammals that live in our neighborhood. Find out how you are similar to a marine mammal and simulate different communication behaviors of these incredible animals.

Habitat Excursions

Get outside and explore diverse local ecosystems. Compare habitats and make observations of the organisms you find.   Find out why certain animals thrive in specific areas and use the seine net to do a population study.

Our Watersheds

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Do you know where the water goes after it travels down the drain? Each and every day people use water and change the natural systems that keep it fresh and clean. How do we impact our water systems and the watersheds that sustain our population? Examine our water quality and our impact on our fresh water sources.

Shark World

Disentangle the mysterious lives of sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras.   Observe preserved sharks, look closely at shark skin, hold shark artifacts, and investigate some amazing adaptations sharks have had since prehistoric times.

Squid Investigation

Discover the incredible adaptations of a squid!  While performing a squid dissection, compare features to other animals, look into its color changing capabilities, and search for the 3 hidden hard parts of a squid.  After the dissection, venture to local tide pools to use the left over squid as bait to lure out some hidden tide pool creatures. 



What can you learn from Nature?   Examine designs found in our natural world and make comparisons, evaluations, and connections to many things in our everyday lives that have been inspired by nature. Create and experiment with new plans and prototypes.

Incredible H2O

Experiment with water samples from a variety of local environments to test the effects of density, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen. Collect data with scientific tools and instruments and then analyze findings using the scientific method and hands-on experiments. Apply discoveries to understand trends occurring in our oceans, harbors, estuaries and lakes surrounding where we live.

Marine Mammalogy

Ponder the incredible adaptations of cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, manatees, and polar bears.   Realize the diversity and complexity of marine mammal life through a variety of simulations, experiments, and classification challenges.    

Sharks and other Elasmobranchs

Unravel the reality of shark behavior, adaptations, and survival strategies. Compare sharks to other elasmobranchs like sting rays, skates, and chimaeras. Observe preserved sharks, use biomimicry to relate shark design to create a new line of merchandise, and study basking shark gill rakers and mako shark jaws.

Squid Dissection

Take an exciting and in-depth look into the anatomy and physiology of a squid.  Observe and comment on external and internal adaptations these animals have for living in the marine environment. Compare and contrast your findings to other preserved species including a crab, sea urchin, sea cucumber, and a shark. 

Have questions or want to sign up? Interested in multiple dates or a different topic? Contact Tyler Fortune, NESS Education Specialist, at or 860-535-9362.