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January 2023 

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NYSMEA’s holiday party on December 10th was held aboard The Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge #79, with our active members keeping us afloat with their cheer and celebration.  Our wonderful host, David Sparks, Museum President and Barge Captain provided a great onboard atmosphere of this rare, historic, and restored vessel filled with many relics and artifacts, and remembrances from tugboats and barges.  In its heyday, this #79 was one of thousands of wide-beam barges owned by the railroad traveling the New York harbor carrying cargo.  Today it serves as a classroom where you can learn about NY Harbor, the environment, and transportation/commerce history; showboat; museum; and art gallery providing programs to students and the public.  Built in 1914, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our evening began with the results from our election and the installation of the new board and emerging committees.  Tributes to the outgoing President, Lou Siegel can be heard in a zoom video from an earlier meeting located in the members only section on our website.  There we wished him “fair winds and following seas.”  Lou was honored for his lifetime achievements as teacher and mentor and his leadership as NYSMEA founder and President (1977-’78 and 2021-’22), and for his life-long dedicated outstanding contributions to marine science education and conservation.

Afterwards, we were joined by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Education Manager, Christina Tobitsch for an excellent evening talk about the ecology of the East River Estuary and the community science programs that have helped to build a collection of species data.  She wowed us with her student participants and diverse marine species and data collections over the past 10 years at several sites near and around the Brooklyn Bridge.

The talk was followed by a festive holiday party in the meeting/performance area accompanied by delicious catered holiday food platters, bubbly beverages to toast our host and ring in the New Year, and fancy desserts from members all in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and the maritime vessels that ply the Hudson waters today. Pictures from the event.

This was our second holiday party aboard this barge and it was very exciting to be back!  We hope to return there in the near future and to see you at our next event.

Join us for our next First Thursday Webinar Zoom, Dr. John Tanacredi, on January 5th at 7:00 pm, a free program for members.




NYSMEA's Dr. Merryl Kafka and a teacher from one of the schools on a recent Con Ed sponsored trip on the American Princess discuss the days' activities. See the full story and more pictures here


We had a great event! Recording and resource materials is in Members Only section. 


We had a great event!


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

"Charting the Course with Perseverance" 

A few photos from the conference


Conference Agenda





To celebrate National Estuaries week, the South Shore Estuary Reserve office in partnership with Long Island Sound Study, and Peconic Estuary Partnership have created a map of local environmental events happening in September. To learn more about events and how to participate in volunteer opportunities near you, just click on the icon on the map. 
National Estuaries Week 2022 map
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