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Tiana Bayside Facility offers a truly unique setting for youth education in marine science. Students will get to explore the diversity of life within the marine habitats surrounding the facility, including the ocean beach, the dunes, the calm waters of Shinnecock Bay, the salt marshes, and the seagrass meadows.
Bayside Adventures is a 5-day, science intensive session, that will immerse students in the multidisciplinary field of Marine Science. Students will learn how to formulate and test scientific questions, perform experiments, measure environmental parameters such as temperature and salinity, and record their data, just like a scientist. Activities include seining for local fish and invertebrates, hiking through the salt marsh, bird watching, shell collection and species identification, viewing specimens under microscopes, and even optional dissections of local fish and a shark. Each student will set up and care for their own individual fish tank to house their week’s collection.
Seahorse Art & Science Program In this specialty program, students will become immersed in the world of seahorses! Each day we will focus on different aspects of the biology, ecology and behavior of seahorses. The highlights of this program will include daily seining to contribute scientific data to CCE's Seahorse Conservation Initiative, by capturing, photographing, measuring and using other scientific equipment to monitor the population seahorses in the eelgrass meadow. Students will also get the unique opportunity to snorkel over the eelgrass meadows, discovering many of the elusive species that shelter there. On Friday, the day will take place at the Old Ponquogue Bridge site, just down the road from Tiana. Parents must transport their children to and from this site, and are welcome to stay and enjoy the fun! Detailed information will be provided.
When not in the water, students will set up fish tanks and conduct experiments, help our local seahorse populations through stewardship activities including eelgrass restoration and coastal clean ups, and have the opportunity to work on a seahorse inspired art project everyday with the guidance of local artist Carolyn Munaco.
ArtSea June 26 -30
Bayside July 10-14 SOLD OUT
ArtSea July 17-21 SOLD OUT
Seahorse July 24-28
ArtSea July 31- August 4
Bayside August 7-11 SOLD OUT
Seahorse August 21-25
ArtSea August 28- Sept. 1
Summer 2012: Establishment of SPAT Program operation at the facility. Spring 2016: Southampton Town welcomed CCE to submit a proposal for expanded facility use Spring 2017: Facility improvements and renovation to education spaces. Summer 2017: Opening of new facility! 2018-2019 Program expansion.
Tiana Bayside Facility
89 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Marine Program Outreach Manager
631-727-7850 x 329
Last updated April 24, 2023