Project Oceanology
Avery Point 
1084 Shennecossett Road 
Groton, CT 06340-6097 
(800) 364-8472 (860) 445-9007

Places Nearby:
USS Nautilus 
Mystic Seaport
Mystic Marinelife Aquarium
Connecticut River Expeditions
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Millstone Energy Education Center
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Available most of the year only for groups of students, Project Oceanology's famous EnviroLab Research Vessels are open to individuals and families during the summer months -- around mid-June to early September. 

Monday cruises provide an exciting 2½ hour journey into the fascinating world of Marine Science on the beautiful waters of Long Island Sound. Under the guidance of trained instructors, passengers get involved, measuring and recording the biological, geological, chemical and physical characteristics of the ocean. 

Learn something of oceanography, marine biology, and even navigation as you work with the captain using nautical charts and electronic instruments to study the area geography and determine the boat's precise location. 

Cruises on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays tour the busy mouth of the Thames River. Passengers learn about the nautical history of the solitary outpost that is the New London Ledge Lighthouse. This gorgeous structure, built in 1909, sits in the middle of the mouth of the river, guiding vessels of every description. It is truly an outstanding sight. Visitors climb stairs on the side of the Light's platform to begin a walking tour through the building and tower -- a journey rich with heritage, romance, and unique architecture. 

For individual high school and college students, special programs, each several weeks long, provide an opportunity to do real work with Project O's scientists and help our marine environment at the same time. Call for details. 

During the school year, School Groups in grades 4 through college can participate in a number of exciting programs. Activities may include River and Estuarian Studies, Study of Coastal Processes, Gull Rookery Studies, or even a work in a Nuclear Plant Study area (Millstone -- see elsewhere in this guide). Each study cruise is a hands-on learning experience that students will value for a lifetime. Interested teachers should call for details as there are many options available, including after-hours programs, subscriptions for several programs, and more. 

Intensive Teacher Training is also available to help educators become the best in their marine-related subjects. Videos and study materials are also available for purchase. 

Project Oceanology operates from the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut.

Hours: Long Island Sound Cruises generally have one morning, one afternoon and, on occasion, one late afternoon departure.  
Lighthouse Cruises have one late afternoon departure. Call for exact schedules.  
Cruises at different times can be arranged for groups. 




Children under 12


Credit cards accepted.

Groups: Call for group rates. 

Reservations: Required for individuals and families as well as groups. At least 2 weeks in advance is recommended, though a few days may suffice.

Lunch: Picnic on campus lawn. Nearby restaurants.  

Handicapped Access: Not accessible.  

Directions: I-95 (New England Thruway) to exit 87, Rt. 349 (Clarence B. Sharpe Highway). Turn right at second light onto Rainville Ave. Left at next light onto Benham Rd. 1.7 miles to Avery Point Campus. Bear right into campus and follow small blue signs for Project Oceanology. 

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