Responding to the educational challenges of the day, NESS introduces live, educator-led online STEM courses for students at home. Stonington, CT — The New England Science & Sailing Foundation now offers their award-winning, accredited, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-based STEM courses online with live educators leading each lesson in order to serve schools, parents, […]


2019 US Sailing Marty Award

“The Marty,” as it is known, is the highest community sailing honor bestowed by US Sailing. Stonington, CT — The New England Science & Sailing Foundation is proud to announce that CEO and Founder of NESS, Michael “Spike” Lobdell, has been awarded the prestigious US Sailing Martin A. Luray Award. The award recognizes Lobdell’s outstanding […]

Great Story: Experiential Learning Come to Life

Benny Dover Jackson After School Program

We recently gave a lesson on rocks and soil to our second graders. As you can imagine, rocks don’t make the most exciting learning material for seven year olds. After a day or two of reviewing different sizes and formations, I could see glazed-over eyes, and was concerned that we weren’t holding our students’ interest. […]

Great Story: Gaining Confidence Through Powerboating

When I take students on a powerboat to learn how to drive, I have to watch their every move to keep them safe during the experience. At the beginning of the course, the first drive is usually an easy one learning to drive away from the dock and then back to the dock at slow […]

Great Story: Adaptive Sailing

Smiling Woman Aboard Boat

by Kali “Orca” Cika After years away from the water, Cynthia, a former Stonington resident, was overjoyed to take the helm of Sweet Caroline, one of our adaptive sailing boats. This 23-foot keelboat is uniquely outfitted for sailors like Cynthia, who has decreased mobility due to stroke. She gracefully used the bars and connective benches […]

Great Story: Perseverance

West Side Middle School Children Kayaking

by Lauren “Noodle” Barber “Last year I was in the back of the group, but this year, I’M IN THE FRONT!” a student kayaking close on my tail exclaimed as he zipped through the water with a big smile on his face. “That’s amazing!” I replied, “Maybe you can share what you learned with other […]

Adaptive Swimming with The Light House

Swimming and safety in the water is for everyone! This winter, NESS is providing a “Learn to Swim” program for students from The Learning Campus of The Light House Voc-Ed Center. This program is focused on learning how to stay safe in the water and developing new swimming skills.  The Light House is a school […]

Great Story: Hidden in Plain Site

by Megan “Spyro” Strand via GIPHY “Stop, put down your GPS and look.” Whenever I give these instructions I always think of the Ferris Bueller quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s true, often our students are criticized for always having […]

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 […]