New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) of Stonington, Connecticut, has announced its lineup of fall programming, including classes in marine science, sailing, and adventure sports. The classes are offered for children after school and on Saturdays, as well as homeschooled children.
For adults, NESS offers classes in sailing and adventure sports, as well as classes geared towards the entire family. For school groups, NESS offers both school day and after-school programs, held either at NESS or at a local school.
NESS’s Stonington campus provides direct access to Stonington Harbor and Fishers Island Sound to extend classroom instruction to the sea. NESS is surrounded by 6 miles of rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, and salt marshes and over 500 acres of marine ecosystems, all within 15 minutes by watercraft. Located at the entrance to Fishers Island Sound, the protected waters are perfect for inquisitive minds. Classrooms are equipped with a state-of-the art marine science lab and aquaria facilities for hands-on research and experiments. Whether students are interested in the biodiversity of the waters, diving through the waves, exploring the nooks and crannies of the unique waterways by SUP or kayak, or even harnessing the wind with a sailboat, NESS aims to inspire self-discovery through enjoyment of the local waters.
NESS and Westerly Recreation have partnered for a second year to provide a fall youth surf program. Classes will teach the basics of surfing, ocean safety, and surfing etiquette with a little marine science on the side. Students will learn to understand and respect the ocean, keep fit, and exhibit good sportsmanship, all while enjoying our beautiful coastline.
Through year-round partnerships with area schools, NESS continues to implement its own innovative programming as well as US Sailing’s REACH program, which employs sailing as a platform to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. NESS’s generous donors and scholarship program assure that all students have fun on the water learning new skills and exploring our sound and shores.