Teacher Professional Development


Join a NESS Educator on a Professional Development Ocean Science Adventure!

Join a NESS Educator on a Professional Development Ocean Science Adventure! New this year; choose between weekday evenings or weekend days. Register for five or more days to receive a 10% discount on a 2016-2017 NESS academic program! Can’t do five days? Receive a 5% discount for participating in at least two days!


Adventure Field Science
Weekend Professional Development; Sundays 9:00-12:00 $60.00/Session Would you like to learn how to connect your students to the local marine environment in an innovative and adventurous way? Or how to expand the learning experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the natural environment? Then come and venture out into the field and learn how New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) has been teaching engaging STEM-education in an adventurous way and creating ocean stewards for the last 10 years. Each day will focus on how to successfully guide a group of students through hands-on learning, which is connected and relevant to the NGSS and Ocean Literacy Standards. Participants will meet at each location except on boat days where the meeting location is NESS. Boat days are limited to 6 participants.


Date Location Topic
9/25/16 BOAT DAY – Napatree Beach Dunes and Wave Dynamics
10/23/16 Bluff Point, Groton, CT Geocaching and Animal Population Studies
5/7/17 Barn Island, Stonington, CT Marsh Exploration and Forest Dynamics
6/4/17 BOAT DAY – Sandy Point Bird Population Studies and Snorkeling


Break Out of the Classroom
Weekday Professional Development; Mondays 5:00-7:00 $40.00/Session Have you always wanted to do a NESS school program but aren’t sure if it meets your class’s academic goals? This is the program for you! Join a NESS Educator to learn how to expand some of our most popular water based programs into your classroom to engage pre-learning content or continue the learning long after your NESS adventure!


Date NESS Program Take-Away

Charting, Navigation & Geocaching

Latitude, Longitude, and Compass Reading Lessons
12/5/16 Science by Sail Simple Machines Activities and Wind Lessons
1/23/17 ROVer Day Challenge Zones of the Ocean and Deep Sea Biology Lessons
2/6/17 Augmented Reality Sandbox Watershed and Erosion Lessons
3/20/17 Physical Oceanography Data Analysis and Graphing
4/17/17 Kayak Adventures Density Dynamics and Boat Building Activities