Sport Fishing Education Center's Marine Education Programs

2014 School / Group Programs

Our marine educators are dedicated to Suffolk County schools. During the school year educators travel all over Suffolk County teaching students about the unique marine environments that make up Long Island. Classes are designed to teach students about specific aspects of the marine environment.

Teachers call 631-587-2873 for more information or contact Tracy Marcus at


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.



Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

Sport Fishing Education Center, Cedar Beach Marina on Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702


Sport Fishing Frenzy (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) $17/student (minimum fee $170): 24 students maximum. Students must be at least 10 years of age to participate in the fishing portion of this class.

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.

(1½ hours) $11/student (minimum fee $110)

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) $14/student (minimum fee $140)

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!

(2½ hours) $14/student (minimum fee $140)

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) $15/student (minimum fee $150)



Let us bring AQUATIC ADVENTURES to you!!! Classes are 50 minutes long and $160 each.
Maximum of 30 students per class. Available All Year Long.


Discovery Tank (Grades PreK-12)

The fee for this class is $185, $200 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 seastars, shellfish, hermit crabs, snails & fish, a low-maintenance, 10-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with these animals is left for permanent display in your classroom.

Don’t know how to keep your tank going? Service contracts are available for cleaning and aquarium upkeep! $50/visit/tank

Seashore Safari (PreK-12)

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!

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 include a panther chameleon, ball python, corn snake, bearded dragon, painted turtle and a diamondback terrapin. We will also bring in preserved sea turtle artifacts.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Sport Fishing Fun (Grades 4-12)

Discover the world of Long Island game fish species. We’ll explore fish anatomy and physiology, how sport fishing techniques mimic the natural behavior of game fish species and their prey.