Summer Junior Research Program 

The Junior Research Summer Program is open to students going into grades 6, 7, or 8.  Our experience tells us that this age group is quite capable of meeting our expectations. Our students understand they are a community of researchers capable of respectfully collaborating with new interesting friends who share a passion for discovery of the wonders and beauty of our coastal ecosystem.  

Each year, the Jr Research Program morphs into what is right for the group; yet, the thread that provides consistency is real-world environmental education that launches the next generation of environmental stewards.  
The program is run by the exceptionally talented ecologist and equally passionate educator, Susan Bryant. Part artist, part scientist, all humanist, and a great leader of middle school students, Susan will engage the young scientists in understanding our harbor's environmental assets -- salt marshes, eelgrass beds, shellfish beds, dunes & barrier beach, -- and the underwater diversity, serenity, and aesthetics of the ecosystems surrounding us.   
What they get out of it 
Along with getting to work, play and enjoy together, students gain skills in the professional mapping software of ARCGIS; test water quality using YSI's to measure salinity and dissolved oxygen; and learn about the interactions of our natural resources.  The students often gain expertise that surpasses that of most adults in town, and have been asked to present their findings to the town's harbor committee.  Many past CSCR students have impressed college admissions officers and employers by saying they learned to use a YSI while still in Middle School.  We look forward to hearing in six years about this year's crop of CSCR Junior Researchers.
Timing:  Your choice of any combination of 5 days a week in the summer, meeting at 10:00-noon.  Depending on interest, a second, afternoon session may be added.  Please attend one of our April 4 info sessions at 4:30, 5:15, 6:00 and 6:45 for details, or email susangbryant at yahoo dot com.
Location: 40 Parker Avenue, Cohasset (and amazing surroundings). It is a good place to hang around in between activities. 
Click here for Registration  
Scenes from years past: 


As a goal of CSCR & the Junior Researcher Program, each student will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the delicate balance between our fragile ecosystem and human interaction with the ecosystem
  • Learn valuable skills in scientific observation, data collection, and environmental stewardship 
 Rising 9th grade students (those who completed grade 8 in June) should enroll in CSCR's high school research program.

Junior Researcher Program- Flexible Scheduling

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$980 (all in!)