New York State 

Marine Education Association

NYSMEA Upcoming events

06 May 2017 8:00 AM • Kaiser Park, NY

Partner Events

New York Aquarium is hosting the 2nd Annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on April 22nd. 

Event registration is free and includes both breakfast and lunch for all attendees. 

Participants will join other youth from around New York City as they learn about ocean conservation efforts in your own backyard and get tools, training, and inspiration for creating your own conservation movement.


More info and event registration at:


For any additional questions please contact Andrew Stevenson-Asaki at


Please encourage students to register soon as the event does have limited capacity.




Dean Watanabe

Curator of Education

Wildlife Conservation Society-New York Aquarium

office:  +1 (718) 265-3453



Education volunteer opportunities available at the New York AquariumEducation Volunteers engage and educate aquarium guests in a variety of ways. Whether they are connecting people to animals and nature at the park's touch pool, exploring conservation stories through interpretation at exhibits, or taking on active roles in conservation by assisting with campaigns- education volunteers are vital to the Wildlife Conservation Society's mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide.

For a complete listing of marine-related volunteer opportunities in New York, visit our Internships and Volunteering page



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.

*A Springtime Hike at Breezy Point

Meet at Fort Tilden, Bldg 1 and carpool to Breezy Point  

Sunday,  April 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carpool in a caravan led by Mickey Maxwell Cohen of the American Littoral Society to the little known western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula.  Highlights will include seashells and other stranded critters, dune foliage, shore birds and a surprising variety of rocks and minerals used in the construction of the Breezy Point Jetty.  Binoculars and a magnifying glass will be helpful. This is an American Littoral Society /  GNRA Partnership Program.  


Subway & bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.  Ask driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden.  By car: From exit 11s on the belt parkway, head south and over the Marine Pky. Bridge (Gil Hodges Memorial). Stay on right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into fort at the first light. Go to end and park by Bldg One or at the nearby Post Chapel. 

*Celebrate Beach Plum Blossom at Plumb Beach

Plumb Beach Round House

Sunday, May 7, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy the profusion of Beach Plum blossoms while learning about the ever-changing Plumb Beach with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen. Learn about heroic plans to halt the most severe ongoing beach erosion in our area.  Binoculars and a magnifying glass will be helpful.  This is a Gateway N.R.A. / American Littoral Society Partnership Program.  


By car:  Eastbound on the Belt (Shore) Pky.  Entrance to Plumb Beach parking is from the eastbound side, just east of Knapp Street exit.  Careful, it’s easy to miss

Public transportation:  B or Q-train to Sheepshead Bay and then the B-4 bus to Knapp Street. Check Sunday train schedules ahead of time.

It is a 10-minute  walk from the corner of Emmons Ave. and Knapp Street.  Walk along the pedestrian walk, eastbound, with the water to your right and the Belt Parkway to your left.  You can't miss the parking lot.  We'll meet at the art deco "round house" at 10:00.  If you arrive late, we walk slowly along the beach to the left (east), with a couple of detours into the dunes.

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.

     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.


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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. 

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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. 

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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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