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History Comes Alive Through Ocean Exploration

History came alive this week just off the NESS docks in Stonington Harbor! A collaboration between the Stonington Historical Society and the University of Rhode Island has brought URI’s Brennan T. Phillips, Assistant Professor from the Dept. of Ocean Engineering, to discover and explore the 1814 Battle of Stonington. The National Park Service’s Battlefield Protection […]

Brrr It’s Cold Outside!

The temperatures are dropping as we approach the middle of winter. We hope you’re staying warm this season! Animals, especially those that live in freezing marine climates, unfortunately don’t have the luxury of clothes, so how do they stay warm? Birds Many birds bear the cold weather seasonally or all year round! Some birds, like […]

Our Students LOVE Slime… And So Do Ocean Animals!

Slime has been a popular trend in the past few years and sure can make for a fun time. You know who else likes slime? Tons of ocean animals and creatures. They also make their own slime! In nature, animals usually use slime for protection. Read on to learn about a few ocean creatures who […]

Swimming Pool Science!

NESS educators are incredibly innovative and adaptable when it comes to creating and implementing programs. They work with schools and organizations to provide our programming no matter where the location is or what the topic is. This week on the blog, guest blogger and educator, Evan “Wookie” McOmber talks about the adaptability of our programs, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Body Zones: Exploring Comparative Anatomy

First grade Regional Multicultural Magnet School students in New London, CT learned all about comparative anatomy with educators, Camo (Sean), Noodle (Lauren), and Pisces (Lilia)! We explored the differences between how whales, squid, and crabs breathe, move, and protect themselves throughout three rotations. Protection Students learned all about how and why animals protect themselves by […]