New England Science & Sailing Foundation of Stonington, Connecticut, has unveiled an improved website and online registration system for its newly released summer programs. The new website can be found by CLICKING HERE.
“Our new name and logo more accurately reflect what we have become, what we aspire to—and also the Foundation’s core values: experiential ‘hands-on’ learning, personal growth, and inclusiveness,” said NESS President Spike Lobdell. In 2011, NESS purchased its waterfront facilities including 10,000 square feet of teaching space and a 120’ dock to offer 140 different courses in marine science, sailing, and adventure sports available to students of all ages and abilities. “We’re all about adventure education where students can learn new skills and connect with our rich marine environment, regardless of their financial limitations,” said Lobdell. NESS’s outreach programs, significant scholarship support, and history of hosting regional Special Olympics sail training and its annual regatta reflect a founding commitment to inclusiveness for all.
NESS’s campus on Stonington Harbor provides access to exceptional sailing, a state-of-the art marine science lab with iPads and interactive white board, a fleet of 100 watercraft, and adventure education opportunities taught by its highly accomplished staff. “Our diverse, flexible programs allow students to design a full day of summer programming that suits their interests, perhaps choosing a sailing class in the morning and a marine science exploration or kayaking class in the afternoon,” according to Cindy Nickerson, Executive Director. “NESS provides all the wetsuit and snorkeling gear, a modern fleet of sailboats, kayaks, and surf boards to challenge students to try new things. Students often return home feeling more self-confident and connected to the ocean after spending time at NESS,” she added. With over 500 acres of marine ecosystems within about 15 minutes by boat, there’s always something new to discover and learn.
Founded in 2002, NESS now has year-round education partnerships with schools and last year was chosen by US Sailing as one of five Community Sailing Centers in the country to pilot its REACH program, employing sailing as a platform to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based education. “Our summer programs this year will formally incorporate STEM-based activities just as our school programs do during the rest of the year,” according to Nickerson. “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,” she said. NESS opens its summer program registration today at www.nessf.org.
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