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Coastal Discoveries Program Activities






 Summer boating camp kids visit Motif #1  Striper time  studying for the boating safety exam
 Coastal Discoveries kids boating program visits Motif #1 in Rockport, Mass.  Discovering the joy of fishing aboard the Erica Island Time  Studying safe boating during Coastal Discoveries.
 Striped bass caught aboard the Erica Lee II.  The Erica Lee II and Tall Ships  Flounder fishing during Coastal Discoveries camp.
 It's a keeper!  31" striper caught aboard the Island Time during our summer  program.  The Tall Ships visited Salisbury, and the Island Time was there to greet them with a boatload of curious youngsters.

 An amazing flounder derby aboard the Island Time - a total of 75 flounders were brought aboard in one and one-half hours!

 Coastal Discovery kids camp poses with Tall Ships  Haddock for dinner  Flounder fishing aboard the Erica Lee II kids summer camp
 Our crew member, Eric, and kids aboard the while visiting the Tall Ships in Salisbury.  Our highliner of the week poses with her brothers aboard the Island Time.  No flounder derby is complete without a picture of the largest fish - a 16" beauty.
 We met this curious seal out at the Isles of Shoals while paddling kayaks with a great group of    
 teens during one of our "teen only" weeks.    


COASTAL DISCOVERIES, was started in 1988 and is now owned and operated by Beth and Bob Bishop. It is a one-week, maritime adventure and marine education program for kids aged nine and older. Each summer, nearly 400 kids participate; while most are from the greater Newburyport area, we have had children from: Russia, France, Scotland and Sudan, as well as Arizona, Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania, New York and Wyoming.

Held aboard our floating classroom, the Island Time, we spend the week discovering the unique and fascinating history and ecology of our coastal waters, from the Merrimack River estuary to the Isles of Shoals, Jeffrey's Ledge and Rockport’s Thacher Island.

Depending on current conditions, we’ll go:

  • Fishing for flounder, striped bass, mackerel, cod, haddock and more.Fishing for: flounder, striped bass, mackerel, cod, haddock, ocean cat, cusk, pollock, bluefish.
  • Haul Lobster TrapsHaul lobster traps
  • Hike Smuttynose Island at the Isle of Shoals     Hike on Smuttynose Island. 
  • Climb the lighthouse    Tour Thacher Island off the coast of Rockport, MA (including a climb to the top of the north lighthouse),
  • Explore the tidle flats.Explore the tidal flats in the Merrimack River,

  • Staying Cool at the beach And stay cool with plenty of swimming and beach games!

The week ends with an all-day beach and barbecue trip to Gloucester's Wingaersheek Beach, along the beautiful Annisquam River!

Program sessions run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Coastal Discoveries


Office Address to send mail:

Coastal Discoveries 
20 Columbia Way
Newbury, MA  01951

Tel. 978-462-2017 

Beth's Cell Phone  508-451-0195


Boat Address for Directions:

54R Merrimac St.

Newburyport, MA 01950

Fishing Charters Newburyport


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