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Sport Fishing Education Center & Aquaculture Facility, Babylon

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Sport Fishing Education Center & Aquaculture Facility, Babylon

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Sport Fishing Education Center & Aquaculture Facility, Babylon

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Fishing adventures!

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Pufferfish!

Sea Explorers Marine Experience

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Have you ever wondered what a Sea Explorer does at camp?

Here’s your chance to find out! Since plans have changed for this summer with the recent COVID-19 crisis, we want to offer your family the opportunity to participate in the Sea Explorer Marine Camp Experience!

During this 2 – hour on-site program, your family will tour the Sport Fishing Education Center located at Cedar Beach Marina in Babylon. Our program will include the following:

  • a tour of our tank room while having a Sea Shore Safari in our touch tanks;
  • a hike on the fishing pier as we discuss the importance of the saltmarsh and look for wildlife; and
  • seining and animal identification to see what lives in the Great South Bay.

This 2 - hour Sea Explorers Marine Camp Experience is $125 (for a family of up to 5 people, from 1 household) Do you have a large family? Each additional person is $15. We ask that for the safety of your family and our staff, each person brings and wears a mask while in the building.

A family in quarantine together can get out and have some marine science, outdoor, fun together!

Go to: SeeExplorersMarineCamp.com to register and for all details!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. No residency requirements!

Register Here!

Camp Education Kits Available! Click here to buy!

Introducing our new activity kits for your mini-Marine Biologist!
Don't forget to reserve a Sea Explorers Experience for your family before they are all gone!

Purchase your kit HERE!

STEM Marine Explorers Kit STEAM Marine Shark Activity Kit
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Have you purchased a Shark Activity Kit yet? 

Learn how to sculpt a hammerhead shark with this fun and enjoyable video!

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Virtual Outreach & Nearpod Programs!

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Looking for a virtual experience for your students and patrons? We can schedule a live Zoom program or pre-recorded program (for those that can't have a group at a scheduled time)...

We have Nearpod Programming available!

Have ideas or looking for something specific? Let us know and we can customize your experience!

All programs are $150 and designed to be 45-50 minutes.

Libraries that host a program are asked to register participants and e-mail program materials out toparticipants 24 hours prior to the start of the program.

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Click here for a personal note from the Sea Explorers Marine Camp 

Director, Tracy Marcus

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Due to the Novel Coronavirus/NYS PAUSE circumstances we will not be holding Marine Summer Camps on-site this summer to ensure the safety of both our campers and staff. If you have registered already you will be receiving a refund. We’re sure you are just as disappointed as we are that our camps will not be operating this summer, so in order to help stay connected to our marine environment, we welcome you to explore our free learning resources available on our Digital Education website: https://www.ccemarinedigitaled.org

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S ea Grant award for Sport Fishing Frenzy Programs

Would you like to bring your students on a fishing expedition at the Sport Fishing Education Center?

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Sea Grant has awarded Cornell Cooperative Extension, for classes from Title 1 schools to be afforded the opportunity to experience our Sport Fishing Frenzy program where students learn about the species that are fished for in our local waters like fluke, flounder, striped bass, bluefish, etc. We will explore conservation and regulations on those species, how to fish for them, proper and safe handling, and catch and release techniques. After a short presentation, game, and demonstration of equipment we will go test our skills and fish from our pier!

If you are interested in participating in this exciting, hands-on field trip to the Sport Fishing Education Center in Babylon, please contact Tracy Marcus at  tm353@cornell.edu!

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See the press release here

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Sea Explorers Marine Camp at the Sport Fishing Education Center, Babylon

Camp Offerings for 2021

Spots on the Yankee III are limited and on a first-come, first- served basis, so if you wish to go please sign-up with  Tracy as EARLY as possible!

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Shark Week

Join us for an adventurous week exploring Long Island's marine habitats with a focus on SHARKS!!! Our marine instructors will guide your child through interactive, hands-on learning experiences designed to be educational and fun. Campers will also discover the other amazing creatures living in our local oceans, bays, and salt marshes as they handle marine animals in our touch tanks, participate in beach activities and games, seine in our salt marsh, and make fun marine and shark crafts. We will set out on a field expedition to see some live sharks at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead. Your child will have the opportunity to see sharks and their cousins, Rays and Skates up close and personal! We will also experience the Birds and Butterflies exhibit at the aquarium! We will leave from and return to the Sport Fishing Education Center, Babylon and Sea Explorers Marine Camp will provide the busing to and from Atlantis Marine World. For this one day, camp will run from 9-3pm to allow for a little extra time at the Aquarium. Our 9-12 year old campers will get the option to do a Shark Dissection at camp.

PRICE:

AGES: 7 - 12

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.
at the SFEC, Babylon  
No before or after care provided.

Session 1: 
Atlantis Trip:     

Session 6: 
Atlantis Trip: 


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Jr. Sea Explorers Week

Join us for an adventurous week exploring Long Island's marine habitats!!! Our marine instructors will guide your child through interactive, hands-on learning experiences designed to be educational and fun. Campers will also discover the other amazing creatures living in our local oceans, bays, and salt marshes as they handle marine animals in our touch tanks, participate in beach activities and games, seine in our salt marsh, and make fun marine crafts.

New for 2021!!! SESSION 3 ONLY: On a Friday in July 2021, will be our Marine Biology and Fishing Expedition aboard the Yankee III out of Captree State Park! Campers will meet at Captree State Park for drop-off and Pick-up that day only.

PRICE:

AGES:  6 - 8

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.

at the SFEC, Babylon

No before or after care provided.

Session 2: 
Session 3: 


Marine Reptile WeekSAMC Jellyfish NEW

Join us for an adventurous week exploring Long Island's marine habitats with a focus on Marine Reptiles! Our marine instructors will guide your child through interactive, hands-on learning experiences designed to be educational and fun. Campers will also discover the other amazing creatures living in our local oceans, bays, and salt marshes as they handle marine animals in our touch tanks, participate in beach activities and games, seine in our salt marsh, and make fun reptile crafts.

On a Thursday, in July 2021, we will set out on a field expedition to see some live marine and land reptiles at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead. Your child will have the opportunity to see sea turtles and other herps up close and personal! We will also experience a Behind-the-scenes tour with Riverhead Foundation to see what sea turtles are in the hospital for rehabilitation! We will leave from and return to the Sport Fishing Education Center, Babylon and Sea Explorers Marine Camp will provide the busing to and from Atlantis Marine World. For this one day, camp will run from 9-3pm to allow for a little extra time at the Aquarium.

PRICE:
AGES:  7 - 12

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.

at the SFEC, Babylon

No before or after care provided.

Session 4: 

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Marine Mammal Week

Whales, Seals, and Dolphins... Oh My! Join us for an adventurous week exploring Long Island's marine habitats while concentrating on Marine Mammals! Our marine instructors will guide your child through interactive, hands-on learning experiences designed to be educational and fun. Each day will consist of a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. We have classroom time for educational programs/marine topic of the day in the morning, touch tanks, and arts & crafts projects in the afternoon. Campers also study animals and seine in our salt marsh, as well as participate in beach activities at the Town of Babylon's Cedar Beach, a certified, lifeguard-supervised beach area. 

On a Thursday, in July 2021, we will set out on a field expedition to see some live marine mammals at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead. Your child will have the opportunity to see seal lions, river otters, and seals up close and personal! We will also experience a Behind-the-scenes tour with Riverhead Foundation to see what seals are in the hospital for rehabilitation! We will leave from and return to the Sport Fishing Education Center, Babylon and Sea Explorers Marine Camp will provide the busing to and from Atlantis Marine World. For this one day, camp will run from 9-3pm to allow for a little extra time at the Aquarium.

PRICE:

AGES: 8 - 12

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.
at the SFEC, Babylon     
No before or after care provided.

Session 5: 
Atlantis Trip: 



Sea Voyagers WeekSAMC Jellyfish NEW

Join us for an adventurous week exploring Long Island's marine habitats!!! Our marine instructors will guide your child through interactive, hands-on learning experiences designed to be educational and fun. Campers will also discover the other amazing creatures living in our local oceans, bays, and salt marshes as they handle marine animals in our touch tanks, participate in beach activities and games, seine in our salt marsh, and make fun marine and marine themed crafts. On a  Thursday, in August 2021, will be our Marine Biology and Fishing Expedition aboard the Yankee III out of Captree State Park! Campers will meet at Captree State Park for drop-off and Pick-up that day only..

Session 7, Sea Voyagers Week for Ages 9-14! Have your budding Marine Biologist get a taste of the wonders of Nature LI has to offer! on-site fishing from our Pier, seining, and a Marine Biology and Fishing Voyage out of Captree are just a few of the highlights!

PRICE:

AGES: 9 - 14

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.
at the SFEC, Babylon
 
No before or after care provided.

Session 7: 
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SAMC Jellyfish NEW  Counselor-in-Training

New for 2021! For children ages 15 - 17.

Is your teenager interested in marine science and working with younger children? This program is designed to give them a week-long summer experience where they discover both areas! Our CIT program will afford your child the chance to participate in our camp while assisting counselors in working with younger campers as they do marine related crafts, marine science lessons, activities, seining, work with live marine creatures, and games. CITs will also help counselors prepare activities & games, learn how to supervise younger campers, be involved in lesson planning, and help in the 'behind the scenes' daily activities of camp operation (including animal care/feeding and tank maintenance). Participation hours in this program can count towards community service hours for programs such as National Honor Society, graduation requirements, etc.

Included in this registration will be 2 training days in a late week of June 2021. Each day will be 3 hours and this will be mandatory for all staff and participants in the CIT Program sessions.

Each CIT candidate registered will need to meet the camp director, Tracy Marcus prior to the summer and interview with the camp director for acceptance into the program. No fees will be charged until candidates have been accepted into the program. It is highly recommended that the interested CIT contact the camp director him/herself, and before registering online.

Runs Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.at the Sport Fishing Education Center, Cedar Beach Marina in BABYLON !!!

Drop-off and pick-up are at Sport Fishing Education Center in Babylon. Each day will consist of a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. We have classroom time for educational programs/marine topic of the day in the morning, touch tanks, and arts & crafts projects in the afternoon. CITs will assist campers also study animals and seine in our salt marsh, as well as participate in beach activities on Cedar Beach property. We are not a swimming camp. Camp days are rain or shine. CITs provide lunch, snack, and water/drinks.

PRICE:

AGES: 15 - 17

DATES:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

All Sessions; limit (5) CITs per week



Contact

Tracy Marcus
Marine Youth Education Specialist
tm353@cornell.edu
631-587-2873

Last updated August 12, 2020