Asharoken Beach, kids seining for sea creatures and observing LI's marine environment
Image by Alexandra Stevens

Asharoken Beach, kids seining for sea creatures and observing LI's marine environment

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Image by Marie Cancro

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Marine Education Field Trips

IN THE FIELD!

In the field programs are offered mid-March through mid-October (can vary with weather) at our local beaches (Asharoken, Centerport, or Gold-Star Beach).

NEW! We are now offering programs at our Marine & Environmental Education Center: Fuchs Preserve at Cranberry Hill Education Center in Northport (Available May-October).

MARINE CONSERVATION & BEACH CLEAN-UP
(Grades: 2-12)

Help keep our seas free of debris! What is marine debris and how can it have serious impacts on both marine wildlife and humans? How does our trash make it to the ocean and how long will it stay there? We answer these important questions and discuss how we can make a difference. Students participate in a beach clean-up using provided materials for safe trash pick-up. This activity will be followed by an evaluation of what the students have discovered and hands-on time with live local marine animals that are affected by pollution.

($14 per student; Minimum Fee: $140 for 2 hours. Maximum 60 students.)

BEACH LIFE TALK & TOUR
(Grades: K-12)

Let's explore the beach! This program includes a hands-on introduction to local marine life, exploring time as we help students seine the bay and learn about the animals we collect and beach-combing for treasures on a scavenger hunt.

Seasonal, weather permitting; please wear water shoes and dress for the weather.

($13 per student; Minimum Fee: $130 for 2 hours. Maximum 60 students.)

LONG ISLAND'S MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: FRESH vs. SALTWATER
(Grades: K-12)

NEW! Enjoy the best of both worlds! Long Island is surrounded by saltwater but freshwater can be found within our coastline. Both of these different, yet similar ecosystems are crucial in better understanding Long Island’s marine ecosystems. Students will participate in our preserve’s nature walk, witness wildlife along the trail, visit a flourishing freshwater pond, and collect water samples to observe under a microscope at our Environmental Education Center. Our program will conclude with a lesson and interaction with live, local animals from saltwater ecosystems.

($13 per student; Minimum Fee: $130 for 2 hours. Maximum 60 students.)

Extension option: Take a trip to Asharoken Beach to seine and collect saltwater creatures, so that you can observe both ecosystems (only 5 minutes away)!

(Additional* $11 per student; Minimum Fee: $110 for an additional 1.5 hours)

Last updated January 18, 2018