For over 20 years our Traveling Touch Tanks and Guided Field Explorations have been the finest and most established marine education programs of their kind. Each program is run by a member(s) of our staff with a B.S and or M.S in marine biology / biological sciences from an accredited university. Our mission is to enhance classroom subject manner, general curiosity and a thirst for knowledge on Long Island Sound and its inhabitants.
We specifically cater each program according to age range, learning objectives, specific interests, and special accommodations of each organization. We are also able to accommodate any number of participants as we have experiences with groups of 15 to over two hundred.
Cedar Island also offers a week long hands on Marine Biology summer camp for students of all ages, visit our summer camps page for more detail.
Traveling Touch Tank
Our marine biologists, trained in education, bring marine organisms from the Connecticut shoreline to you! This program travels to both indoor and outdoor classrooms in all corners of Connecticut. We regularly run presentations for public and private schools, summer camps, park and rec groups, libraries, museums, nursery schools, day cares, boy and girl scout groups, special needs organizations, and senior centers.
Our yearround presentations begin with an interactive lecture and introduction to Long Island Sound and its occupants while we show the vertebrate and invertebrate species found here. After the presentation, we invite our participants to get up close and personal with the animals where they can hold, touch, and observe the animals.
Number of participants, distance, and duration determines pricing:
1-50 participants: $275.00
$3.00 each additional participant over 50
Plus mileage (50 cents per mile)
Guided Field Exploration
Hammonasset State Park is home to our educational tours / field trips where participants work in the field as a marine biologist for the day. The park is composed of several habitats (rocky intertidal, mud flat, marsh, sandy beach, and fringe terrestrial habitats) where each group is given the opportunity to learn about and discover the animals that live here.
Before exploring each habitat a brief overview of how and where to find the fauna and flora is explained. Then, we head to the field! Critical issues concerning Long Island Sound (hypoxia, invasive species, and population ecology) are addressed after organismal field collection.
Field trips typically last four to six hours and also include the methods used to conduct research in marine environments. This is a wonderful way to experience what is learned in the classroom in a practical "hands on" setting.
The number of participants determines pricing:
1-50 participants: $399.00
$5.00 each additional participant over 50