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Sport Fishing Education Center & Aquaculture Facility

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Seining at the beach

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Fishing Trip

SW Suffolk Outreach & Field Trips

For Western Suffolk And Nassau Groups

Field trips will explore the Sport Fishing Education Center at Cedar Beach Marina Babylon 

Talk and Tour

(Grades K - 12)

Learn by doing with this exciting, hands-on exploration of one of Long Island’s treasured marine environments. Following a presentation with live marine animals, tour our Aquarium room, fishing pier, and our touch tanks. Then head out to the beach to sample the biodiversity of life in the bay by seining!(1½ hours) $13/student (minimum fee $130)

Salt Marsh Extravaganza

(Grades 6-12)

Go on an adventure in our salt marsh as we seine and search for local marine creatures. We’ll explore what they do, how they do it, and why they need each other to survive.

(2½ hours) $16/student (minimum fee $160)

From the Bay to the Barrier Beach 

(Grades 4-12)

The best of both worlds! Start out with a seining adventure to study the biodiversity and importance of the salt marsh and bay, then cross the barrier island to explore what makes a barrier beach so dynamic.

(3 hours) $18/student (minimum fee $180)

Barrier Beach Bonanza

(Grades 6-12)

Join us for a journey to the barrier beach! Discover how dunes, sand, waves, and wind turn this into a place that’s continually on the go!

(2 hours) $15/student (minimum fee $150)

By Land and By Sea

(Grades 3-12)

Enjoy the best of both worlds! This 4 hour excursion will lead you and your students through a 2 hour Sea Shore Safari at Cedar Beach Marina for the land portion of your visit Then set sail from Captree State Park (you will need your buses to make the transfer) on a 2 hour marine biology and fishing voyage.

$31/student, $20 chaperone (minimum of 60 students, maximum of 200 participants)

Sport Fishing Frenzy (Back by popular demand!)

(Grades 5 -12)

Join our experienced sport fishing staff for a fishing adventure! We’ll discuss NYS Regulations, species conservation, and the ecology and life history of targeted fish species. Each student will make his/her own fluke rig, and then try it out as we fish from our pier.

(3 hours - includes lunchtime) $19/student (minimum fee $190): 50 students maximum. Students must be at least 10 years of age to participate in the fishing portion of this class.



Let us bring AQUATIC ADVENTURES to you!!! Classes are 50 minutes long and $175 each. Maximum of 30 students per class. Available All Year Long.

Discovery Tank 

(Grades PreK-12)

The fee for this class is $200, $215 with Glass top. Study the marine environment every day! Discover the wonders of local marine life in this unique presentation. Following a hands-on introduction to shellfish, hermit crabs, snails & fish, a low-maintenance, 10-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with these animals is left for permanent display in your classroom.

Does your curriculum cover Fresh water ecosystems? We can do a freshwater tank (guppies/livebearers, cherry shrimp, and snails with freshwater plants), too!

Don’t know how to keep your tank going? Service contracts are available for cleaning and aquarium upkeep! $55 / visit / tank

Sensational Sharks!

(Grades 2-12)

Explore the biology and ecology of these fascinating creatures and learn about conservation efforts to save these misunderstood predators. Touch shark jaws, eggs, teeth, and other artifacts as you learn some fun facts about these top oceanic predators.

Seashore Safari 


Bring the beach to your classroom! A great alternative to a field trip, this hands-on presentation introduces your students to local marine life - sea stars, shellfish, hermit crabs, snails, and… the infamous horseshoe crab!

Do you have a large group or too many students? We can do a Marine Animal TOUCH TANK! $175/hour
We have a REPTILE Touch tank option, too!

Marine Reptiles and their Land Buddies 

(Grades 1-12) 

Discover what makes a reptile a reptile and what adaptations these creatures have to help them survive in some of the world’s most unique environments. Reptiles from marine environments are covered, along with some of their terrestrial counterparts. Live reptiles that we will bring for petting may include a ball python, corn snake, bearded dragon, painted turtle and a diamondback terrapin. We will also bring in preserved sea turtle and many other reptile artifacts.

Crustacean Exploration

(Grades 2-12)

Live crustaceans in your classroom! Explore the unique specializations of lobsters and their crabby relatives, including hermit crabs, Asian shore crabs, barnacles & shrimp.

Ready, Set, Glow!

(Grades 3-12)

Dive into the mysterious environment of the deep sea as you learn about bio-luminescent animals through slides and pictures, glowing models, and demonstrations. The best setting for this program is in a dark room.

Stormwater Superheroes

(Grades 1-8)

Learn how to be a Superhero! Students will explore what they can do to help our local bays and watersheds. We will discover how various kinds

of pollution make their way to the bay and ocean and how it affects the local marine life. Hands-on demonstrations and a Stormdrain system built right in your classroom will get your students ready to be Stormwater Superheroes!

This program may be free to select Suffolk County Schools, ask us how!

Long Island Geology 

(Grades 4-12) Long Island Geology is a hands-on course designed to look at our unique island and its prehistoric formation. Children will participate in hands-on activities, create a 3-D map for their classroom, and learn about sand migration, wave power, and human impact on our beaches.

So Many Mollusks!

Ever wonder what is a Mollusk? Well, find out as we explore the amazing world of sea snails, squid, clams and all their relatives. Touch these live creatures and discover what makes them so slick.

Things that Sting (and things That Don’t)

Discover some of the local and global sea creatures that are known to sting or bite us! Why and how do they do that? We will also look at some of the creatures that don’t sting and dispel some of the myths associated with them. We will bring (live and artifacts, dependent upon availability) of sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, coral, just to name a few!

Marvelous Marine Mammals 

What is a marine mammal? Do whales and seals live around Long Island? We’ll explore some fascinating marine mammals with lots of skins, bones and artifacts to touch. We will also discuss conservation efforts to help save these endangered creatures.

Bussing a problem?

Have an in-school field trip! For only a few dollars per child, your class can have an exciting hands-on experience that they will never forget!

We accept BOCES and Scope funding for payment.

Persons needing special accommodations should contact (631) 587-2873 at least two weeks prior to scheduled workshop.


Tracy Marcus
Marine Youth Education Specialist

Last updated March 4, 2020