Marine Science on the Long Island Sound With Your Grandchild

Sail along Mystic Seaport with your grandchild aboard a research vessel as you become citizen scientists during a week of hands-on oceanography, collecting and studying ocean specimens.
Program No. 23500RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Climb aboard the R/V Envirolab, Project Oceanology’s research vessel, and become a citizen scientist with your grandchild as you explore Long Island Sound with real marine scientists! From your home base in quaint, historic Mystic Seaport, you’ll operate scientific equipment, pull lobster pots, haul a trawl net and dissect a squid together! Complete your transformation into a real seafarer by learning nautical skills and maritime history at the Mystic Seaport museum, visiting a revolutionary war-era fort and exploring inside historic (and possibly haunted) Ledge Light lighthouse.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Use seines to capture nearshore fish on Pine Island as your expert instructors teach you how to identify what you bring in.
  • Get comfortable aboard a working scientific research vessel, and contribute to environmental research in Long Island Sound.
  • Explore charming Mystic Village and Mystic Seaport, and enjoy a slice (or four) at the famous Mystic Pizza.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Field Guide to Long Island Sound: Coastal Habitats, Plant Life, Fish, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and Other Wildlife
by Patrick J. Lynch
Until now there has been no one-stop reference for those interested in exploring the Sound’s rich natural history. Author, photographer, and scientific illustrator Patrick Lynch has filled this gap. Brimming with maps, photographs, and drawings, Lynch’s guide introduces readers to the full breadth of the Sound’s environs from shorelines to deepest waters.
The Long Island Sound: A History of its people, places and Environment
by Marilyn Weigold
Spanning the shores of Connecticut and Long Island, New York, the Long Island Sound is one of the most picturesque places in North America. From the discovery of the Sound in 1614, to the adventures of Captain Kidd, to the sinking of the Lexington in the sound in 1840, the Long Island Sound also holds a unique place in American history.
Marine Science for Kids: Exploring and protecting Our Watery World (Children's Book)
by Bethanie Hestermann & Josh Hestermann
Becoming a Marine Biologist
by Virginia Morell
A fascinating guide to a career in marine biology written by bestselling journalist Virginia Morell and based on the real-life experiences of an expert in the field—essential reading for someone considering a path to this profession.
Margins: A Naturalist Meets Long Island Sound
by Mary Parker Buckles
Small b&w photographs accompany the text by this former National Audubon Society editor, who simultaneously extols and fears for the future of the natural beauty of Long Island Sound. Considering that over 20 million people live within 100 miles of this 110-mile long body of water separating Long Island from the New York and Connecticut mainland, Buckles' ode to this apparently thriving, but marginally sustained, wetland ecology waxes optimistic despite the encroachment of development and pollution.

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