Back to the Bays is an Initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program.
Image by Artwork by Kara Hoblin

Back to the Bays is an Initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program.

Volunteer opportunities with our Marine Meadows program.

Volunteer opportunities with our Marine Meadows program.

Unique youth and adult educational programming.
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Unique youth and adult educational programming.

Volunteer opportunities to monitor horseshoe crabs.

Volunteer opportunities to monitor horseshoe crabs.

Back to the Bays

CCE’s Marine Program has been giving Back to the Bays since 1985, and we are committed to offering communities, individuals, and businesses opportunities to help us expand our efforts! Our goal is to increase stakeholder engagement in our: Water Quality Protection Initiatives; Habitat Improvement Projects; Shellfish and Fin Fish Research and Restoration; and Youth and Community Education Experiences.

Whether you are an aspiring citizen scientist, or a business owner looking for an opportunity to support our local maritime heritage, we will be able to effectively link you to an appropriate project, sponsorship opportunity, or volunteer effort!  By providing time, energy, and monetary support, local communities and individuals alike can play a significant part in the success and expansion of the many important initiatives of CCE’s Marine Program. One of the best ways that you can support these initiatives is by becoming an official Back to the Bays member! 

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Mail-in Back to the Bays Membership form


2015 was  the 30th Anniversary of CCE's Marine Program. In celebration, we launched our 30 Ways to Give Back to the Bays Campaign. This year, we are planning more unique opportunities for you to connect to our bays by learning about, getting involved, and enjoying aspects of our marine environment. 

Through our Back to the Bay Initiative you will have up-close and hands-on opportunities to see what CCE's scientists and educators are doing year round to give Back to the Bays. If you'd rather just provide support for our efforts, giving opportunities will allow you to contribute to this important work and help us ensure the marine environment that we all value and depend on as part of our lives here in Suffolk County is able to be enjoyed by future generations.

Also, feel free to reach us with any questions regarding our ongoing work, upcoming events, and how you can get involved by contacting Kimberly Barbour at or 631-461-5294.

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Buoys For The Bays Paint Nights

Channel your inner artist and enjoy an evening out with friends! ALL levels welcome!

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Greenport Shellabration 2018!

The 7th Annual Greenport Shellabration is sold out! Held in partnership with Greenport BID, we invite you to get in on the fun! This year, the event will be held December 1-2 2018.

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STEAM- Art and Science Integration

The incorporation of art and design into typical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Learn more!

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Calling All Girl Scouts!

Learn about local marine life and earn a badge!

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Tiana Bayside Facility

CCE is partnering with the Town of Southampton to develop an outreach and education center at the Tiana Bayside Facility.

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Seahorse Conservation Initiative

CCE is launching a new initiative to help conserve and research Long Island's seahorses.

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Kimberly Barbour
Marine Program Outreach Manager
631-727-7850 x 329

Last updated December 3, 2018