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.


Strandline June

Join us for an informative morning at the Town of Hempstead - Point Lookout  Energy Park and Aquaculture Facility followed by a congenial Lunch at Churchill's Restaurant in Rockville Center all for only $35 per person.   *Extra bonus includes a chance to win a NYC Classic Harbor Line Cruise (day sail on the Schooner Adirondack for two) 
July 18, 2024 10:00 AM  - 4:00 PM 
Pay online at
 to reserve your spots

Details and more information


Great Presentation! 
Now available in the Members Only section!


It was a great day! See June Strandline for 
pictures and article!


Wow! What a great time!

Check out the videos!


Click here for access to the videos


The Fun Continued on Sunday!



     On January 22nd we lost another titan of the
       environmental movement, Barbara Cohen.

Barbara and Mickey Cohen shared a passion for nature and environmental causes. She coordinated 10,000 volunteers across New York to participate in the annual International Coastal Cleanup through the American Littoral Society. She served on the Board of Directors of the New York City Audubon Society and the New York State Marine Education Association. She and Mickey were instrumental in establishing Bayswater Point State Park and served as the park’s first caretakers. She and Mickey served as docents at the American Museum of Natural History.
Barbara received many accolades for her volunteer work, including the Maury Award from the New York State Marine Education Association, the Audubon Society Grass Roots Longtime Service Award, the US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award; and was named Everyday Hero by Newsday. She and Mickey were was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Littoral Society.
                                                     Brad Cohen, son of Barbara and Mickey

On October 1st 2023 there was a celebration of the Life of Mickey Cohen and his lifetime partner in all things, Barbara.

Mickey was, among other things: Teacher at Far Rockaway High School, Founder and Chairperson at Beach Channel High School, Mentor and Master Teacher, Professor at the New School for Social Research, Field Trip Guide, President of NYSMEA, Naturalist for ALS, Author, Photographer, Environmental and Social Activist, Artist, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend to all, and a Raconteur Extraordinaire!

For Recording of the event, pictures, our presentation, and the recording of Mickey and Barbara from our Holiday 2021 Party - click here

See June Strandline for information on the
Celebration of Life for Barbara
on June 29th at Alley Pond Environmental Center


Recordings now available in Members Only Section

The Boys of Summer
A Decade of Research on the American Horseshoe Crab
at Plumb Beach
Chirstina Colon 

South Shore Bays Collaborative Water Study
Robyn Silvestri

I Spy a Fish: A Snapshot of Participatory Science
Opportunities and Tools

Jimena Perez-Viscasillas


Surface Tension - Unlocking One of Natures' Amazing Secrets!
Sarah Richards

Empowering Inner-city Youth Through Marine Science
Mauricio Gonzalez

The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary
From Open Sewer to Hope Spot!
Dr. Judith Weis

Science on the Half Shell:
Oyster Biology and Ecology
Jenn Shinn

Mechanisms and Consequences of Species on the Move
Dr. Zoe Kitchel

Chronicles of Hope:
Ten Years of Uncovering Shinnecock Bay's Secrets
Dr. Ellen Pikitch

Explore the Connecticut Estuarine Research Reserve
Larissa Graham

A Day in the Life of Your River!
Melissa Griffiths Parrott

Preserving Natural Science Collections: One Conservator's Story
Fran Ritchie

Life in an Ancient River/Floodplain: Fauna and Paleoenvironment of the Red Hill Fossil Site
Dr. Jennifer Lane

Can the Ocean Save the Planet?
Public Education for Ocean Climate Action
David Helvarg

The Redesigned Earth
A New Resource for Teachers and Engineers
Dr. John Tanacredi 

Connecting Students to the Oceans: Supporting Ocean Literacy and
STEM Action Lessons For the Middle Grades
Kiowa Garcia

Teaching Ecology and Nature on a Class Fieldtrip
and Using it in the Classroom
Don Riepe 

Bringing Awareness of the Whales of NYC to Teachers, Students and
the General Public
Paul Sieswerda 

Teaching and Learning About Horseshoe Crab
Conservation and Biology
Dr. John Tanacredi

Marine Mammals as Teaching Tools 
Dr. Artie Kopelman

Sharks:How New Fossil Discoveries are Challenging
Traditional Ideas of "Sharkness" 
Dr. Adriana Aquino Gerard


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

"Charting the Course with Perseverance" 

A few photos from the conference



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
( 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  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 to join our team. 

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


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!
Missed it?  Listen to the whole presentation in the Members only section.


How-to sessions on fish prepping and cooking.

Lisa Breslof, NYSMEA Board Member, followed by 

Heidi Raker with Hudson Valley Fisheries.


We were excited to have a panel discussion with                          

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

NYSMEA Volunteers at Beneath The Sea

Job Announcements

Please check out and for job searches.

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

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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.

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

The New York State Marine Education Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, including impaired vision or hearing, in its programs and activities.

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