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Argia Mystic Cruises


Phone: 860-536-0416



12 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic, CT 06355

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Argia Mystic Cruises

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Argia Mystic Cruises

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Hands-On Marine Science Excursion aboard a Tall Ship

Exciting Group Activity for your School Class or Camp Group

Set sail on the tall ship ARGIA for a 2 hour Marine Sciences expedition. Our experienced instructors guide you through a discovery of oceanography, coastal ecology, and our marine environment, using a variety of nets and scientific instruments. 

Haul back a commercial trawl net, hand-over-hand, just like the fishermen of old. Handle the organisms you catch, as our Marine Scientist explains their characteristics and importance in ecology and to humans. 

Collect plankton with a special net. See the tiny organisms through discovery scopes and learn about their importance to the food chain of the ocean. Find out what environmental and human factors affect plankton and the far reaching affects these can have. 

Help the crew of the Argia set sail the traditional way, with muscle-power. Once the ship is under sail power, discuss the food web of Fisher's Island and Long Island Sounds and the Mystic River, pollution in the estuary, fish and shellfish industries, and the geology of Long Island Sound. 

Use scientific instruments to obtain seawater and observe light penetration. Physics and chemistry come alive as you test the water for dissolved oxygen content, temperature, density, clarity, and salinity. Learn about wedges and gradients of different salinity and temperature in the sea and what they mean. 

Sail past one of the few remaining salt marshes in Connecticut. Observe the birds native to a salt marsh and discuss the ecological interactions, formation, and growth of the marsh. 

This special educational experience, taught in an interactive and engaging manner, brings the marine sciences to life.

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Our Staff

Our staff consists of a captain, first mate, deckhand, and two experienced marine educators who act as our primary instructors. Classes are taught in an easy and engaging manner, with students encouraged to participate. Our staff is trained to interact well with groups of all ages to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Group Size

We suggest a class size of 35 to 40 students, with limited numbers of adult chaperones so that the focus may remain on the students.

Reservations and Cost

The Marine Science Excursion costs our standard charter rate (click HERE for charter rates), plus $265.

Argia Mystic Cruises

Argia Mystic Cruises

12 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860-536-0416