Here is something for families that ranks at the top of hands-on educational experiences. Board Project Oceanology's research vessel, cruise out into Long Island Sound and set out a trawl net and plankton net. Hoist up the nets and identify the variety of creatures you have caught, under the guidance of a marine scientist. They may range from lobsters and squid to the tiniest form of life in the ocean's chain - plankton. The Enviro-Lab, Project Oceanology's 56-foot floating classroom lets you be a marine scientist for two and a half hours daily from mid-June through August 31.
At 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Enviro-Lab departs from Avery Point and docks at one of southeastern Connecticut's landmarks: New London Ledge Lighthouse. Since 1909, this beacon in the middle of the Thames River has guided vessels from wooden schooners to hi-tech submarines. You will get to explore the innerworkings of this solitary outpost as the tour does not just take you around the building, it takes you inside it. The lighthouse tours continue Saturdays in September.
In the winter, come aboard Project Oceanology's floating classroom and learn about the playful creatures that are abundant in Fisher's Island Sound.
Science takes on a new meaning at a variety of day and overnight camps for student are 5th graders and up. Project Oceanology also hosts the Ultimate Ocean Adventure for scouts and youth groups. Groups can spend a weekend night or two in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel and delve into hands-on, minds-on marine science activities.