South Fork Marine Education Program

Located at the East Hampton Marine Museum in Amagansett


Long Island’s shorelines and waters are major resources and attractions. The group programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension are designed to interest students in grades K-12 in the many diverse and exciting marine topics, and to teach them how they can help protect and enhance our marine environment. For more information and a price quote per class please contact Stacy Myers by phone 631-767-5171 or by email

Class Programs

All Programs meet the New York State Learning Standards.

Marine Education Maritime History

Located at the beautiful East Hampton Town Marine Museum in Amagansett, this program tells the story of L.I. communities’ historical journey on the oceans and bays. Through artifacts, photographs, models and displays, students will learn about fishing, shipping, aquaculture, and local maritime communities.

In the field

The following programs are offered at local beaches.

Beach Life (Grades 2 -12) (3 hours Weather permitting. Please dress appropriately.)
Following a lecture on local marine life, students spend hands-on time with live animals, explore the adjoining beach, and seine to collect fish, crabs, shrimp, and other marine life. The class concludes with a beach cleanup and discussion of local marine debris. Maximum 50 students.

Talk and Tour (Grades Pre–K – 12) (1.5 hours Seasonal Weather permitting. Please dress appropriately.)
This is a shorter version of our Beach Life program which begins with an introduction to local marine life. Students will spend hands-on time with live animals and explore the beach. Maximum 50 students

Dune Ecology (Grades 4 – 12) (9am to Noon) (Seasonal Weather permitting. Please dress appropriately.)
Students will visit two unique Atlantic Dune habitats in one day. We will meet at the walking dunes in Napeague on Napeague Harbor Road. We will hike the walking dunes, and then take the students to the dunes on Bluff Road by the Marine Museum and then break for lunch. Bussing will be needed for this program. Maximum 25 students.

Healthy Bodies / Healthy Bays (Grades Pre–K – 12) (1.5 hours)
These classes are designed to get students outdoors promoting healthy lifestyles, while providing learning activities that will help students make the connection between diet, health, and environment. Please email for fees and details.

Marine Education Classes

Discovery Tank (K-12) (50 minutes)
Discover the wonders of local marine life. Following a hands–on introduction to sea stars, shellfish, hermit crabs, and other local marine life, a low-maintenance 10 gallon saltwater aquarium is set up and permanently displayed in your classroom. Maximum 30 students

Seashore Safari (Grades K-8) (50 minutes)
Investigate local marine invertebrates and their adaptations to the diverse habitats found on our rocky North Shore through this hands – on presentation. This class will also touch on marine food chains. Maximum 30 students

Marine Invaders (Grades 2-12) (50 minutes)
Explore some of the invasive animals and plants moving into our marine habitats interactive presentation with live animals. Learn about the environmental effects of such invasive species, and help us collect data at our beach or a beach near you (See in the field). Maximum 30 students

Fishy Facts (K-12) (50 minutes)
Learn the difference between fish and other marine animals, and amazing adaptations fish use to survive in the habitats. Maximum 30 students

Who’s For Dinner (Grades K-8) (50 minutes)
Investigate marine food chains and construct food webs through a presentation with live animals. This class also touches on marine pollution.  Maximum 30 students

Beneath the Sea (Grades K-12) (50 minutes)
Examine SCUBA gear and discuss the environmental changes that occur when humans dive underwater. We discuss pressure, temperature, and visual changes, and students are given the chance to try on dive gear. Maximum 30 students

Marine Debris & Entanglement (Grades 4-12)
Students will learn the about the different types and sources of debris in the marine wildlife through ingestion and entanglement and how students can help. Maximum 30 students

Other Education Opportunities

  • Guided sunset kayak tours
  • Basic water safety classes are available.
  • Educational hikes and outdoor programs
  • Unique outdoor education programs on and off the water