Maritime Education Network, Inc.

Our Programs

Dreaming of a GREAT Summer?  Time Spent at Maritime Education Network is guaranteed to put a SMILE on your child’s face!  They’ll come home tired and happy - smelling of sunshine, salt water & sandy beaches! Before from 8:15am and After Care until 4:30pm available.

To ensure adequate supervision and individualized instruction, the number of youngsters admitted to each session is limited.

Marine Science Extraordinaire

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Grades 4, 5 & 6

Step into our Marine Science Lab! Explore the habitats of Long Island Sound, bringing live specimens and other discoveries back to investigate. Explore the world of Shore Birds, migration & communication. Discover how to be an aquarist, studying animal behaviors, learning diet preference & how to maintain a healthy aquarium. In our lab, conduct experiments, use a microscope, classify finds and partner up to identify what’s inside. Learn how you can become an ambassador for our amazing marine ecosystems and teach others the importance of protecting and preserving them. Lots of FUN while learning!

Register early to ensure choice of week.

SESSIONS:

June 26 – 30,  July 3, 5, 6, & 7,   July 10 – 14,  No July 17-21, July 24 – 28, July 31 – Aug 4, Aug. 7 – 11

Monday - Friday 9:15am – 3:30pm

(Before and After Care Available, click here details)

$ 320 per week


Marine Discovery Program

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Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4

Join us for a week of fun, marine science and hands-on learning! Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of Long Island Sound’s glorious Ecosystems by exploring tidal pools, mud flats, rocky shores, sandy beaches and salt marshes. First, meet the creatures of Long Island Sound in our aquariums…then at the shore, discover them in their natural habitat. Other activities will include setting up a salt-water aquarium, seine netting, crabbing, species identification, beach scavenger hunts, crafts, games and LOTS of FUN!

Register early to ensure choice of week.

SESSIONS:

June 26 - 30, July 3,5, 6 & 7, July 10 - 14,  No July 17-21,  July 24 - 28, July 31 - Aug. 4, Aug. 7 - 11

Monday - Friday 9:15am – 3:30pm

(Before and After Care Available, click here details)

$300 per week


Marine Explorer Program
(On-water Expeditionary Program)

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Grades 5,6,7,8 & 9

Have you ever wished you were skimming over the waters of Long Island Sound on a bright, sunny morning? Do you dream of spending summer days exploring inlets and Islands rich with folklore and history? Have you ever pulled a lobster pot to discover that lobsters aren’t really red or wanted to learn about fishing, coastal studies, navigate a boat and chart?

If so, join our team of Coast Guard licensed Sea Captains and experienced Marine Educators for some of the BEST DAYS of your LIFE! This hands-on program is guaranteed to be fun and educational – a new adventure everyday!

Register early to ensure choice of week.

SESSIONS:

June 28, 29, 30   July 5, 6, 7   July 12, 13, 14   No July 17-21   July 26, 27, 28   Aug. 2, 3, 4   Aug. 9, 10, 11

(OPTION: 5th & 6th grade students: Join Marine Science Extraordinaire for Monday/Tuesday $130)

Monday - Friday 9:00am – 3:15pm

(Before and After Care Available, click here details)

$300 per week

Support provided by Essex Savings Bank


Sound Connections

Grades 5,6,7 & 8

Shoreline kids meet city kids: city kids meet shoreline kids . . . working and learning together, developing new strengths, bringing back enduring values and knowledge. SOUND CONNECTIONS, (funded for 14 years), selects young people from geographically and culturally diverse backgrounds and joins them together under the guidance of experienced professionals, allowing them to discover the world and themselves. Within a marine/maritime focused course of study, opportunities are provided for students to stimulate and sustain interest in science, math, history and career opportunities within the marine trades. Students experience “applied learning” through the practical application of skills in a competency-based/skill mastery program, all relating to a marine/maritime theme. Inquiry oriented activities emphasize critical thinking skills. Modules are designed to promote cooperative, exploratory learning with team activities and group discussions. The gifts of diversity and uniqueness are celebrated. By identifying each other’s strengths, students build cohesive teams and learn that communication, collaboration, coordination and cooperation are vital links to success and harmony.

The seven week summer program is spent primarily on water aboard both power and sailing vessels. The groups progress through educational stations during which time they maintain personal maritime journals on microbiology, macro biology, seamanship and navigation, maritime history and marine technology.

Students learn about water safety, sea state and weather conditions. They learn to plot positions, read charts and steer a vessel. They experience the thrill of sailing, as they take the tiller, handle lines and learn to tie knots. They practice distance, speed, time calculations, and record weather information including temperature, cloud cover, sea state, wind speed and direction.

Through the use of scientific instruments, they learn about water quality . . . the causes, effects and solutions to pollution. Our on-water laboratory houses microscopes and provides an engaging arena for experiments and data collection. Students engage in habitat restoration, explore islands, learn about local history, nautical lore and hear mystifying legends. They investigate our wondrous ecosystems – discovering what creatures live beneath the sea, through the use of an otter trawl, seine nets, crab and fishing lines and lobster traps. Cooperatively, students learn proper landing techniques and safe handling of individual sea animals as they are brought in and identified. Specific laws governing their taking (and reasons behind them) are covered. Various creatures and fish are brought back to “Maritime’s” facility and placed in aquariums for observation. Following their intensive week of discovery and learning, students are left with an increased appreciation of other cultures as well as the marine environment, with knowledge and desire to help improve and preserve the values of each.

 

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