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Project Oceanology

From exploring a legendary lighthouse or trawling for sea creatures, take a journey aboard this floating classroom for a unique on-the-water experience. Reservations required.

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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. The Enviro-Lab departs from Avery Point.

Seal Watches are in February, March and April on Saturdays and Sundays. Come aboard Project Oceanology's floating classroom and learn about the playful creatures that are abundant in Fisher's Island Sound. Our cruises average more than 100 sightings! Information including scheduled departures and dates is at

Oceanographic cruises are in July and August on Tuesdays 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information including scheduled departures and dates go to

Ledge Lighthouse tours are in July and August. Reservations and information is at  Since 1909, New London Ledge Lighthouse, a 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. 

Summer Camps- Named Best Summer Camp in "The Day's" 2018 Best of Reader's Choice Awards. We offer day and residential camps for 4th-12th grade students. Registration opens annually in February. For additional information go to

School Programs & Scouts- Bring your class or group on an Oceanographic Cruise on our Enviro-Lab, study Southeastern Connecticut's shoreline environment, conduct experiments and analyze field samples in our laboratories. Groups can spend a weekend night or two in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel. Requirements towards Oceanography (Boy Scouts), Animal Habitats (Girl Scouts) and other nature and environmental badges can be incorporated into the activities. Badge counselor available.

Our Hostel- Bring your group to stay in our 56-bunk hostel! Two floors offer plenty of space with four bunks per room. For more information go to 

Tour time: 2.5 hours

Other amenities: Dining Nearby, Parking


Pricing: Adults $40, active/reserve/retired military and dependents $35, children (6-12), $25. No children under 6 for safety reasons.

Other Amenities: ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Food/Beverage Services, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Meeting/Event Facilities

Dates of Operation: February through April for Seal Watch Cruises July and August for Oceanographic Cruises July and August for Summer Camps March through November for school, scout, and community groups.



Departs from Avery Point, University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06340


Monday - Friday 830am-430pm.
Weekends by reservation.

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