Exploring the Connecticut Shore

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Join us and explore the ocean, sea creatures, and ecosystems of the Connecticut shore!

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About the Trip

Calling all rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Girl Scouts! Do you have an interest in marine science? Do you love learning about the ocean, coastal ecosystems and the creatures that call these places home? Come to Connecticut and explore the shore! Long Island Sound is Connecticut’s largest and most important natural resource and is home to 1,200 species of invertebrates, 170 species of fish, and dozens of species of migratory birds.
Together, we will explore the different ecosystems of the area and the creatures that live there. Naturalists will guide Girl Scouts through three unique coastal ecosystems at Hammonassett Beach State Park. We will spend 2 days at the Mystic Aquarium and immerse ourselves in the career field of Marine Science. Girls participating in the program will meet and talk with staff who work with seals, sea lions, penguins and whales while meeting these exciting animals. Mystic’s rescue team will share their role in rehabilitating wild seals and the research team will share why species survival plans are so important and how it relates to population genetics. Next, we will climb aboard a Marine Life Study Cruise at the Maritime Aquarium where we will study marine biodiversity from the water’s surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound’s interdependent marine life. Long island sound is a wonderful resource for many recreational activities! We will spend a day kayaking and relaxing on the water.
Join us for this awesome ocean adventure and get ready to gain an even deeper appreciation for our oceans, the wildlife that lives there, and the people who dedicate their careers to this amazing field.

Where You Go

Connecticut, USA

What to Know

Girls applying should have:
An interest in marine science, open to working with new people and trying new things, open-minded attitude, swimming proficiency, have experience sleeping away from home and comfortable in the outdoors

The Dates

August 14th - August 20th, 2022

You must be entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to participate.

What to Bring

Detailed packing list will be provided after acceptance. All participants will be sleeping at a Girl Scout of Connecticut camp and will need to bring a sleeping bag. Our activities will require comfortable closed toe shoes like sneakers or hiking boots.

The Cost

Program Fee: $1,250
(The actual cost of this Destination is $1,500, but all girls who participate will receive a $250 scholarship, thanks to a generous grant.)

Program Fee does not include airfare. Girls will need to arrange transportation to Connecticut - Bradley International Airport.

Deposit due upon acceptance: $500
(This deposit is included in your trip Program Fee, not in addition to it.)

Final payment due: January 14th, 2022

Cancellation Policy: January 31st, 2022 is the last day you can cancel and receive a refund (minus deposit)

Download Application Forms
Destination Application Worksheet
Contact Information

Melissa Ilies
milies@gsofct.org