New York State 

Marine Education Association

NYSMEA Upcoming events

03 Jun 2017 8:00 AM • Kaiser Park, NY

Partner Events

World Science Festival

The World Science Festival brings science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square. From May 31 – June 3, the Festival will descend on Times Square with activities, demonstrations, and installations that educate, entertain, and inspire, providing the public a greater appreciation of our ever-changing planet — and our relationship to it. The programming includes an Energy Floor dance area that converts the energy of human motion into useable electricity; a large LED video wall that powerfully illustrates how global warming is fundamentally changing the earth’s topography; talks, demonstrations, and much more.

One centerpiece will be Holoscenes, an epic performance-installation that viscerally connects everyday actions to climate change. Born of the widely-shared concern that water — from rising seas, intensifying floods, and extended droughts — will be a defining issue of the 21st century,Holoscenes takes place in a twelve ton glass aquarium which, over the course of five hours each day, periodically floods and drains, requiring a rotating cast of performers to creatively respond to changing levels of water. Holoscenes will be performed from 6pm to 11pm, June 1 – 3.

Holoscenes was created by Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera. It is co-presented by World Science Festival and Times Square Arts, and was originally produced by MAPP International Productions.


There are also many other World Science Festival events going on in the tri-state area, including a fish count on. June 3rd gif you can't make it to our My Esturary Day).


It's My Estuary Day!  JUNE 3rd, 8 AM - 3 PM

(Link to 11 x 17 side-by-side Flyer)

                    Beach at Denyse Wharf                                                                Harbor Seals Near Denyse Wharf

28th Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf Beach Clean-up


       Kayak Demonstration/Oyster Gardening/Water Quality Testing

When:       Sunday June 4, 2017 from 9am to 12 Noon

Where:    On the Brooklyn shore 100 yards south of the Verrazano Bridge       

Parent Consent for Beach Clean-up

I, hereby give permission for my child _______________________________ to clean up the beach at Denyse Wharf on Sunday June 24 from 9 am to 12 Noon. Each participant will receive a community service certificate as proof of civic engagement.

_____________________________               ________________________________

Student’s Name (Print)    Signature of Parent

__________________________________   ______________________________________

Home Address School

I release the sponsoring organizations and the US Army from all responsibility or liability for injury to my child while participating in the clean-up.                                                        


Walking or Biking

Walk or bike to the corner of Shore Road and 4th Ave. Take sidewalk on the overpass and proceed to the bicycle path on the other side. Turn left on the bicycle path and continue in the direction of the Verrazano Bridge. The beach at Denyse Wharf is located about 100 yards south of the bridge.

By Car:

Park car in the vicinity of 4th Ave and Shore Road. Walk to the overpass. Follow directions as described above.  Public parking alongside the Belt Parkway at Exit 2 Eastbound Under Verrazano Bridge

By Train:Take R train to the last stop at 95 Street. Walk down 4th Avenue to Shore Road. Follow directions as described above.    

(Sponsored by the Friends of Denyse Wharf, New York State Marine Education Association, the American

Littoral Society, and supported by the Bay Ridge Community Council, Community Board Ten and the Waterfront Alliance))

Support Efforts to Establish a Marine Environmental Science Lab at Denyse Wharf

 HYPERLINK "http://www.Waterfront Alliance/Friends of" www.Waterfront Alliance/Friends of Denyse Wharf

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island is a non-profit research and education organization.  Their mission is:  “To promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems through research and education.”  Part of their work is to observe and document the whale and sea bird populations of NY and New England and to take people to see these animals in the wild. 

Their research and education programs centered around the whales and seals the eastern NY Bight (see  


This summer they are planning the following trips that will be of interest to NYSMEA members:


  1. In 2017, CRESLI and the Viking Fleet will be undertaking local whale watching excursions.  Local trips will leave from the dock at 9:30 AM - returning at around 3:30 PM, on Sundays   throughout the summer from July 2, 2017 through September 3, 2017.  The cost, part of which will go to CRESLI, will be approximately $75 per adult and $40 per child 5- 12. There is no charge for children under 5.

They hope to encounter fin, minke, humpback, sei, and right whales; common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales, and thousands of pelagic birds.  Keep checking their website ( for updates. Whale watching reservations can be made via the Viking Fleet website at


  1. 2017 Great South Channel trips –  One in July and one in August
    1. July 16-18, 2017 (depart Montauk at 6:00 PM on Sunday 7/16/17 and return 4:00 AM on Tuesday 7/18/17)
    2. August 13-15, 2017 (depart Montauk at 6:30 PM on Sunday 8/13/17; arrive and depart Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard around 1:00AM on 8/14; arrive in whale grounds at sunrise 8/14  and return to Montauk 10:30 PM on Tuesday 8/15/17) 

·         $300 per adult, ½ price for kids under 12.

·         Reservations are required and can be made as of at

·         Their trips have been 100% successful and we have encountered thousands of pelagic birds over the years.  They’ve also encountered fin, minke, sei, and right whales; common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales.

·         They have now had 1100 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally.  With the assistance of the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook they have, photo-identified 420  different whales during these trips.

·         CRESLI hopes that you will join them on their trips.  Remember that members get discounted fares. 

Go to  for info and reservation links. Reservations can be made at


Please also note that Artie leads 1.2 mile round-trip educational walks to observe seals at Cupsogue Beach every year from November through May


With 30 years of experience educating the general public about the marine sciences, and almost 40 years as a professor of biology/ecology, and as a recipient of the Matthew Fontaine Maury Award in 2012, please think about the work that CRESLI has conducted for over 20 years.


Contact Info:

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph. D.

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)

PO Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796


New York Sea Grant 

Seafood Sustainability Workshop

Wednesday, June 14th

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Registration is open for the free Seafood Sustainability workshop on Wednesday, June 14th. This day on Long Island's North Fork features a visit to a shellfish hatchery and oyster farm and includes pick up and drop off at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. 

For more information, see the workshop flyer (pdf):

Sign-up is also available at

This is the second in a series of seafood workshops. The first one, "Seafood Eat Food Workshop: Sea Grant’s Response to a Rise in Consumer Engagement," was held in November 2016. For some background on that event, see

And for more on NYSG's Seafood Safety and Technology initiatives, check out

Call For Proposals


Please join St. Francis College on Friday, June 9, 2017 for the 

THIRD YES - Youth Educational Seining Symposium

They anticipate that the day will run from 10:30am to 3:30pm, with an option to go seining in the Brooklyn Bridge Park with middle school students at 4:00pm.

If you are interested in making a short presentation, please submit a description or abstract as soon as possible.  The expectation is for 10 presentations.  Tthe new Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Environmental Education Center holds about 30 people, so please make your reservations early, whether you are presenting, or simply attending. 

Breakfast and lunch will be included.  There is no cost for the program as it is being sponsored by St. Francis College and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.  

Kathleen A. Nolan, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Chair of Biology and Health Sciences Dept.

St. Francis College

180 Remsen St.

Brooklyn, NY  11201


Noemi Rivera 
Professional Advisor/Departmental Assistant
Dept. of Biology and Health Sciences
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11201



Unless otherwise noted these monthly Gateway National Recreation Area /  Partnership Programs (*) are free and reservations are not required.  Scheduled programs will take place rain or shine, except for exceptional circumstances, in which case you will be notified by email. Sun and insect protection and a collection bag are always recommended.

Annual Spring Weekend at Montauk

Friday — Sunday, June 2-4, 2017

Details TBA

Leaders: Mike Bottini, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society.   

A great natural history weekend. Visit the "Walking Dunes" (cranberry & orchid bogs), Lighthouse Beach (tidal pools), Camp Hero Bluffs, a special geology exploration in the shadow of the Montauk lighthouse, Point O'Woods walk and Big Reed Pond. See nesting pine and prairie warblers, bank swallows, screech owls, Baltimore orioles and enjoy the beautiful beaches.  Cost:  per person TBA; includes 2 nights at the historic Montauk Manor House (heated indoor/outdoor pools), 4 meals plus a wine & cheese welcome reception, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs, an evening star watch, plus free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. Optional paddle boarding/kayak trip. For more information and full itinerary email or call (718) 474-0896.


in cooperation with Gateway National Recreation Area


See a species that has existed for approximately 240 million years.  While rare in the world, they can be found in the NYC area.


Horseshoe Crab Sightings: Full Moon at Plumb Beach



             Explore the Beach for Mating Horseshoe Crabs

 FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017

    4:00 - 6:30 PM    


Gateway National Recreation Area

Belt Pkwy Eastbound between Knapp St. and Flatbush Ave


Led by Alan Ascher, Science Educator

A Spring Field Trip For Teachers And Others To Explore The Salt Marsh, Observe The Annual Horseshoe Crab Mating and Meet Some Of The Other Marsh Inhabitants. No Experience Required. This Beach Walk Has Been Taking Place For Over 25 Years.


There Are Some Exciting Changes That Have Occurred Since Superstorm Sandy. Observe These Changes And See If They Have Had An Impact On The Horseshoe Crab Population.


Individual students who accompany a teacher or parent are welcome to attend. 


Dress casually. Old sneakers recommended.  You will be walking approximately ¾ mile round trip. Limited facilities at site. 


DIRECTIONS:  Plumb Beach is located along the eastbound Belt Parkway between Knapp Street and Flatbush Ave.  Bus transportation is available on Knapp Street. You can also walk the bike path from Knapp Street or Flatbush Avenue. We will meet in the parking area in front of the round building  


Click here to REGISTER


     Climate Science & Education Professional Development Workshop:

     Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse


     University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut

     Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13, 2017

     Click here for more information and to register for the workshop.

Save The Date: October 3, 2017

The Waterfront Alliance's, Heroes of the Harbor, honors members of the waterfront community for their unique contributions to making the New York Harbor and waterfront an exceptional place to live, work, and play. A highlight of the evening is the Parade of Boats, an urban flotilla of dozens of boats—big and small—that delights our guests and the public as it passes Chelsea Piers. Personalized ring buoys are presented to our “heroes” during dinner.

As their signature annual fundraising event, Heroes of the Harbor raises critical funds to support our work to protect, transform, and revitalize the New York and New Jersey harbor and waterfront.


Please see the Newest Strandline for news.

2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference Updates

Thank you for attending our conference! Please check out photos on our Facebook page (credit: Lou Siegel, Joel Teret, Doreen Johann, and Sarah Richards) and Flickr (credit: Sarah Richards). 

Congratulations to our awardees

Founders Award: Joel Teret (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

Matthew Fontaine Maury Award: Betty Borowsky (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

Kinghan Service Award: Gene Ritter and Beth Ritter (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

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, and 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.


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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NYSMEA: 146 Suffolk Hall Stony Brook, NY  11794 

Phone: 631-632-9216 

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