About Us

NYSMEA exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources within the scientific, commercial, and educational communities. We hold an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, boat trips and produce a monthly newsletter, "The Strandline", which alerts members to upcoming activities and new postings on our Web site. Our Web site also includes lesson plans, job postings, research opportunities, field trip destinations, and marine-related links. 

The information presented below is generally in timeline format, so please scroll down to see what's upcoming, along with links to registration or partner pages.


   The high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.

The Strandline

New York State Marine Education Newsletter

May 2022


Registration is open!

National Marine Educators Association 2022 Conference,
July 9-14, 2022

"Charting the Course with Perseverance" 

As we hope you know by now, NYSMEA is hosting the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) hybrid conference this summer at Hofstra University on Long Island. This would be a great time for you to take a look at our two organizations.  We have a lot to offer!
Take a look below and at past Strandlines to understand our focus. 
If you go to the NMEA Conference page
you will see the wonderful program that we have set up for you. 
This is a great time to join both organizations!   
NYSMEA Dues  $20/yr                          NMEA Dues $60/yr   
Join or renew NYSMEA as a member for only $20!
Then as a member you can join or renew NMEA for a $15 discount. 
And that's not all! Until World Ocean's Day, June 8th, you can use code OceanDecade for an additional $20 discount off your NMEA dues.  
So you can join both organizations and save $35 dollars!
But there is more! As a NYSMEA member you get $50 off the Full or Lite Conference Registration Package! Promo Code: NYSMEA_$50OFF
So if you do the math you can join both organizations 
before June 8th - you get $85 off the cost of the two memberships and the Conference Registration.
Join before May 31st to qualify for the Early Bird prices and save another $50 on your registration.

Please consider contacting Conference Chair Sarah Richards at nmea2022@marine-ed.org  to become part of our team. We need many members/volunteers to have a successful conference. 

Just some of the participants
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Become a Sponsor

Become an Exhibitor
The Student Conference - Information
Presentation application




You must register for this free, virtual event at:
See you there!


It’s My Estuary Day 2022, June 4th at Kaiser Park in Coney Island - 9am-2pm

We are excited for you to join our community stewardship event,

Everyone will assist in cleaning up the shoreline.

* The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boat House will be on hand offering kayaking in the Coney Island Creek

* The New York State Marine Education Association in conjunction with the Billion Oyster Project will be launching an ROV into the Creek which will live broadcast onto large screen monitors onsite. Interpretors will then identify the organisms found.

* City Parks Foundation will be conducting seining and then helping students to identify the organisms found.

* Many Educational and Community groups will exhibit and provide information and activities.

If you are bringing students - you are a Youth Leader - please fill this out-
Youth Leader Registration Link.


If you want to table at the event - you are a tabling partner - please fill this out-
Tabling Partner Registration Link.


After completing the registration, you will be receiving updates on the schedule and participant waivers for participation in the activities.

Volunteers ***We desperately need volunteers!***

Volunteers for set-up will begin at 7:45 am at the waters edge.

Others will be needed throughout the event.

Volunteers will begin-break down at 1:30 pm.

Help will be needed till the event space is cleaner than when we got there!

Contact Adam at ariback1971@gmail.com to volunteer!


Our 33rd Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf
Beach Clean-up April 2022!

Click for more pictures and press release


Great Presentation on Marine Mammals by Dr. Arthur Kopelman. Many Ideas of how to use Marine Mammals for a plethora of concepts in the classroom based on his many years of research and teaching experience. Thank you Artie! The audience ranged from the local metropolitan New York Area to Florida to the south and Hawaii to the west! The recording is available here.


Listen to recording here.



Listen to Recording Here 




Join us at the 2022 NMEA Conference at
Hofstra University and streaming online


July 8-13, 2022

Just one of the field experiences we offer


Unfortunately soon after our December Party, past NYSMEA president Mickey Cohen fell ill.  He passed on December 25th surrounded by family.  Many tributes have appeared on various media for this man who shaped the lives of so many of us for over 70 years.  Personally I will always remember his passionate presentation to one of the early National Marine Education Association meetings at the Unversity of  Rhode Island in 1975.

  He had the audience enthralled with his description of the dream school for a Marine Science student/teacher, Beach Channel High School in NY. Here is a two minute clip of Mickey from our party on Dec. 4th which will give you an idea of his master story telling abilities.   https://youtu.be/A6g8o9IvgFU

Mickey designed and was the first Chairperson of the Department of Science and Oceanography at Beach Channel High School.  He later taught at the New School for Social Research, consulted on environmental  proposals and was the primary scientist and naturalist for the American Littoral Society. Falling in love with the Galapagos Islands he ran over 20 trips to this laboratory of evolution.  In addition to running innumerable field trips to local areas he and wife, Barbara worked as guides at the American Museum of Natural History.
                                                       Lou Siegel


Listen to the presentation and play along with the Jeopardy Game

NYSMEA's third cleanup of the month was held at Denyse Wharf in Brooklyn on Saturday October 23rd continuing a three decade tradition. Thanks to Blanca Ching, Tom Greene and Karla Ferraro for organizing the event!   Click on picture for more photos!

We had a great day with over 200 citizen scientists participants!
For pictures and more click on picture


We had a great day with over 100 citizen scientists participants!
For pictures and more click on picture. 



Mollusk Mania in Downtown Manhattan
Aug. 14, 2021

Great Job! Tom Greene, Blanca Ching and other volunteers!

Hope to see you at

Mollusk Mania, our display  with some live and dry specimens of local univalves and bivalves. The oyster will be the centerpiece with a demo measuring growth.

Community Day in Chinatown on Saturday August 14 at the historic
Hamilton-Madison House  located at 
253 South St  New York, NY 10002.

There will be two outdoor sessions following NYC Covid Guidelines 

     1 pm-4 pm for preK - 8years              3pm - 8pm for 9 years to 21 years

Hope to see you there!  Contact Tom Greene
(Thomasfgreene@aol.com) if you want to participate


Great day at Kaiser Park August 7th. Adam Riback did a fantastic job planning and executing the perfect Bar-B-Q at the site of our "It's My Estuary Day" events. An opportunity to share a meal, get to see old friends, and network. Be sure to join us at the Whale Watch on the 26th and watch for other events on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.



Thanks to everyone who attended! It was a great day!

WOW  What a great NMEA 2021 Conference! Kudos to Leann Winn and the other conference co-chairs. 
July 17th was the final day and NYSMEA was proud to host an in-person field trip to the fantastic, new Energy and Nature Center at Jones Beach. Director Jeanne Haffner gave us a comprehensive tour of the new facility and a glimpse at the curriculum on which they are working.  Be sure to check out the website  https://www.jonesbeachenc.org/  and visit soon  


We are excited to announce that we are planning the NMEA 2022 Conference for next summer at Hofstra University in Nassau County New York. It will be  a hybrid format with a full in person schedule and virtual options.  The committee is actively meeting under the direction of our Conference Chairs, Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, Leann Winn and Lou siegel. 
 Please contact Sarah at srichards@saintannsny.org to join our team. 

We are also looking for additional sponsorship as well as presenters. 
Hope to see you there!

32nd Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf Cleanup

on June 12, 2021

Thanks to everyone who attended!  It was a great success!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NYSMEA Virtual 2021 Conference: See Recorded Videos on this Website for Recordings.

Bridging Our Connections to Water”

May 15, 2021

Conference Announcement

We hope you can join us for this year's NYSMEA conference, which will take place on Zoom from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, on Saturday, May 15. The theme this year is "Bridging Our Connections to Water." Please read the following information, and then you can go to the link at the bottom to get to the registration page.

The day will start with an exciting introduction to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Following that, you will have the opportunity to choose from among twelve workshop sessions, network with other participants who share your interests, bid in a live auction, and compete for a door prize! 

We will be holding our ever-popular silent auction, which this year will be on line and will open one week prior to May 15. If you would like to donate any items to the silent or live auctions, please contact Lisa Breslof at auction@nysmea.org by May 1. 

Registration is open to all NYSMEA members, If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot afford the $25 registration fee, you can select "Charitable Community Outreach" on the payment page and use the code "PAYITFORWARD." If you are able to pay the fee, please check out through PayPal, or send a check (made out to NYSMEA) to: Sarah Richards, 107 Wyckoff St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. Thank you!  

Here's the link to take you to the registration page:  https://nysmea.wildapricot.org/event-4273249

I look forward to seeing you on May 15 on Zoom!


Sarah Richards

NYSMEA Conference Coordinator

Save The Date

32nd Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf Cleanup on June 12, 2021


Sustainable Fish

Sean Barret is the cofounder of Dock to Dish

He went into deep detail about their success with incrementally improving seafood catch-and-delivery to regional dinner plates! Video 


How-to sessions on fish prepping and cooking. Video

Lisa Breslof, NYSMEA Board Member, followed by 

Heidi Raker with Hudson Valley Fisheries.


We were excited to have a panel discussion with                            Video

Stephanie Villani, author of The Fisherman’s Wife;

Ryan Nebeker, Research and Policy Analyst with FoodPrint;

Kristin Gerbino, a Fisheries Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program; and

Gretchen Thuesen, Program Lead for @future_of_fish

Colles Stowell, Founder of @onefishblog

Other News


In celebration of our UN World Oceans Week, 

we hosted webinars.

New Resource For Educators:

Cornell University published a feature package on efforts by Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYS DEC, and many other local partners and groups to restore shellfish to Long Island’s coastal waters. The story is available here: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/09/ripple-effect-cornell-helps-restore-long-islands-shellfish.

NYSMEA Volunteers at Beneath The Sea

Job Announcements

Please check out indeed.com and usajobs.gov for job searches.

NYSMEA President's Letter

International Coastal Clean-up 2019

Dear Environmental Educators:

A big, well deserved shout-out and thank you to our team!  We had over 250 student heroes participate mainly from John Dewey, Edward Murrow, Rachel Carson and William Maxwell CTE High Schools. IS 228 David Boody, IS 281 Joseph Cavallaro and PS/IS 288 Shirley Tanyhil Schools and students from other K-12 schools and colleges.  An army of Student volunteers picked up well over a Ton of marine debris and assembled an extra large pile(about 10 cubic yards) of wood and other large debris that had washed up on the coastline. We are super thankful to Councilman Mark Treyger and NYSMEA, who was funded for the event through Councilman Mark Treygers office.  NY Aquarium provided tables and chairs ,as well as, having a team of educators.  Adam Riback, from NYSMEA and NYC Sea Gypsies, secured funding through grant writing and had Spumoni Gardens, Home Depot and Mermaid Avenue Dunkin Donuts give us discounted items and food.  We fed over 300 people pizza, burgers, hot dogs, knishes, salad, donuts, and drinks.

Special thanks to the NYC Sea Gypsies, Superdive Foundation, Beneath the Seas for serving food and setting up recycling and arts and crafts booths.  Adam Riback from NYSMEA and NYC Sea Gypsies for cooking the food. Thanks to Hannah from Partnerships for Parks for providing equipment, garbage bags, gloves and coordinating removal of the debris.  Coastal classroom Luis for seining and species identification.  Thanks to Murrow HS (Carlos and Justin) for setting up and Arts and Crafts(Ginny Sullivan) and Howie Wong for the soap station, John Dewey HS (Danielle, Hirvelt, Keegan, Mike, Wade, Patricia. Akwasi) for taking attendance (Hirvelt Megie Crested a QR Code and scanned in attendance for community service). IS 281(joe and maria), Rachel Carson (Mike, Ed, Jim, Hannah) and Maxwell (Linda and scott) for setting up tables and bringing a lot of students.  Thanks to Dominick, Mary and Nneka from Boody for their army of students.  Thanks to Team 333 Megalodons FRC team!  Tamika Ramos-Moscol Girl Scouts setup a table activity on recycling.  Merryl and Beth manning Gotham Whale and NYSMEA booths.  Louis setting up Waterfront Alliance Booth, Tanasia Billion Oyster Project seining and setting up oysters.  Susan from CERT and NYC Audubon for setting up a table display.  Eddie Community Board 13 for always attending and promoting all positive information.  Thanks to Mike and Nneka and Tamika for the all of the Boy and Girl Scout Troops. 

Couldn’t be more proud and humbled to be part of such a great team of educators!  Our combined efforts really made a huge difference for the kids and the kids will remember this for a lifetime!  Everyone contributed in their own way and super thanks to everyone for participating!  If we missed anyone please forward this thank you letter.  

Truly an amazing day with a very dedicated and special group of educators!  Bringing much needed positive attention to a coastal community and being great role models for the students!  


Here is a link to a lot of great photos please add to it.  

NYSMEA President
John Dewey HS Science Teacher

Video and Image Copyright David Stolarz, October 4, 2017. All rights reserved.

Do you want to see another example of our work impacting the community?  Click on the image for the full PDF.


Members include educators from all levels; university researchers, college instructors, museum directors, aquarium staff, environmental center personnel, research scientists, laboratory technicians and those with interests in Marine Biology and Oceanography, SCUBA, fishing, boating, maritime history, folklore, archeology and the arts. 

Join us today!


Participate in events from the international to the national to the regional to the local beach.  

Share a smile with new friends: cleaning the local ecosystem, sharing knowledge, attending workshops at the local conference, or traveling to the National Marine Educator's Association Annual Conference. 

Activity leads to growth.


Members embark on a journey of growth: take a first step (Join) and then another (Attend) and then another (Participate) and then another (Lead) and then another (Direct).

Our association is more than a group: it is the opportunity to take a few steps to make a positive impact on the world around us and actually make it a better place to live - all while achieving personal growth.

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