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Welcome to Cedar Island Marina
34 Riverside Drive, Clinton, CT
41°15'56"N   72°31'33"W
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Educational Programs

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

Marine Biology, Marine Life, Marine Research Laboratory, Clinton Harbor, Marine Issues, Educational Programs, Traveling Touch Tanks, Field Trips

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

Cedar Island Research, Clinton, Old Saybrook,Killingworth,Madison Connecticut

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

 

Birthday Parties

St. Paul's Nursery Touch Tank Program, Wallingford, CT. St. Paul's Nursery Educational Program 2014 Wallingford

We Bring the Fun to YOU! CedarIslandMarina Research Lab wants to make your child’s birthday special by bringing Long Island Sound to the comfort of your home or party location! Our Educational staff will make your party come alive with an animal program full of animals, artifacts, and fun!


This Unique Party Includes:

-A one hour Long Island Sound Educational Experience with an expert marine biologist

-A Touch and Q&A session with live sea creatures

Location: Parties can be held inside or outside your home or selected party location!!!

The animals will be in 6 trays that are 1’X1’ on average. We can set up on the floor or on tables

Price: $250.00

*No Maximum number of children*

Times are flexible (program can be scheduled both weekend and weekday) for your convenience 

You Come to Us and We Provide the Party!  This special party is perfect for the future marine biologist in your life and includes fun times pool side and hands-on experience in our Research Lab! 

This Once-in-a-Lifetime Program Includes:

-A one hour Long Island Sound Educational Experience with an expert marine biologist

-A Touch and Q&A session with live sea creatures

-A tour of the Marina

-Swim time in the marina's luxurious pool

-Birthday Cake (for up to 10 people)

Location: Party at Cedar Island Marina! (In the Research Laboratory and in the swimming pool area)

Price: $150.00

*Maximum number of children-10*

*Minimum age without adult supervision-7 years old*

Times are flexible (program can be scheduled both weekend and weekday) for your convenience