Ocean Literacy Summit Discovery Opportunities

While participants were in town we offered opportunities to explore the area through optional field trips called “Discovery Opportunities.” Prices for discovery opportunities were not included in registration fee.




Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Exploration Center, Mystic, CT

Ocean Literacy Summit attendees and their families are invited to visit Mystic Aquarium and Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Center at a special discounted rate.

Cost: Adults: $12 Children ages 3-17: $9
When: Thursday, Nov. 1 or Saturday, Nov. 3
Where: 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
Tel: (860) 572-5955

A special Behind the Scenes Tour will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 3pm, available on a first-come, first-served basis to 20 individuals.

How: Sign up for the special admission rate through the Summit Registration form.  Your name will be on a NEOSEC guest list at the front gate for Thursday and Saturday.  Sign up for the behind-the-scenes tour at the information booth upon arrival on Thursday.

Lead contact: Katie Cubina, kcubina@searesearch.org

Reading the Rocks, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Photos
Discover the fascinating geological history of Conanicut Island (Jamestown) during this 2-hour trip. At low tide we will walk down to the water’s edge and from a rarely viewed position you will see the spectacular patterns of folds, fractures and quartz veins, which tell an amazing story of geological continental collision and break-up. The geology of this area contains some of the strongest evidence for claiming that this part of New England was once part of Africa.

This field experience would not be appropriate for any person with walking limitations. The experience will involve a small amount of walking down a narrow rocky ledge path, which would also be difficult for very young children.

In the event of inclement weather the field trip will be held inside the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Marine Geological Samples Laboratory, where we will see the process by which soil cores are cut, analyzed and stored.

Cost: $10.00 per adult / $5.00 for students
When: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at low tide (approx. 3:30 PM)
Number limit: 20
Age limit: No children under 6 years of age
Location: Jamestown, RI

Lead Contact: Maryann Scholl, mscholl@gso.uri.edu

Project Oceanology Boat Excursion, Avery Point, CT

During this 2.5 hour cruise on Long Island Sound participants will experience marine science firsthand. In the stern, participants will explore the biological aspects of oceanography by pulling a trawl net, a plankton net and examining its contents under the guidance of professional marine scientists. In the bow, participants will operate instruments and equipment used to study the physical, chemical and geological aspects of oceanography. Participants should dress for the weather.

Cost: Adults $15, Children $10
When: Saturday, Nov 2, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Number Limit: This trip requires at least 10 registrants
Age limit: No children under 6 years of age
Location: Departing from Project Oceanology in Groton, CT

Lead Contact: Lauren Rader, 860.445.9007, lrader@oceanology.org.