Getting on/off shuttle; drive is about 7.5 miles one way; less than 1/2 hour. Walking less than 1/2 mile total throughout the day; ample seating available. Getting on/off a boat; ride is approximately 4 hours; on our feet operating equipment and pulling a trawling net aboard boat.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features a rotating variety of hot items as well as fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, breads and muffins, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.
Boarding a shuttle from the hotel, we will travel to Project Oceanology where we will meet the on-site educators for a hands-on lesson focused on the identification and natural history of marine animals. We will have the opportunity to closely observe and handle marine organisms, identify them using field guides and keys, and discuss their adaptations and natural history. We’ll also use microscopes to examine the smaller residents of Long Island Sound (plankton).
At Project Oceanology, we’ll have a buffet lunch provided by a local restaurant with fountain beverages, coffee, tea, water included.
Next, we’ll board Project Oceanology’s research vessel, the R/V Envirolab, for our first oceanographic research trip! While onboard, we will be trained by Project Oceanology scientists as oceanographic scientists as we learn how to haul a trawl net, use oceanographic research equipment, and maybe even sample the bottom using a mud grab. We’ll work our way east along the coast of Connecticut to our home base in Mystic Village where we’ll disembark.
In the inn’s function room after picking up food from a favorite local restaurant, we’ll share a family-style meal with tea, water included.
Project O educators will then join us in the inn’s function room for our next hands-on workshop, during which we will learn about the issue of bycatch in marine fisheries, and about cutting-edge research used to minimize bycatch. Afterwards, we’ll test our design skills with a fishing net design challenge!