New York State 

Marine Education Association

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.

NYSMEA Upcoming Event Registration

25 Jan 2020 10:00 AM • Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River, 35 Alexander St, Yonkers, NY

Other Important Events


Save The Great South Bay invites you to join them at The View in Oakdale on Friday, February 7th from 8-10 AM for a complimentary breakfast conference at which our distinguished panelists discuss how we can bridge STEM-focused education and local stewardship by using creeks as an extension of our traditional classrooms. A Q&A session follows the discussion.

Our distinguished panelists include:

- Mel Morris, Director, Day In the Life Program, Brookhaven National Lab

- Peter Walsh, Educational Director, Seatuck Environmental

- Lou Siegel, Founding Member, NYS Marine Educators Association

- John Dolan, Superintendent, East Islip School District

Dr. Arthur Kopelman, President of the Coastal Research and Education Society of LI (CRESLI) and a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, will moderate the discussion.

Save The Great South Bay is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the Great South Bay. Their Speaker Series is a quarterly talk that connects advocates, resources and expertise to achieve real solutions, help restore the Great South Bay, and with that strengthen our South Shore communities. 


Job Announcements

General Description:

The Marine Education Center in Mamaroneck, NY is looking for an Assistant Naturalist with interest and experience in scientific outreach and education. The Assistant Naturalist will be responsible for leading marine science related education programs with students, campers and aquarium guests, facility maintenance (aquaria, live animals, scientific equipment, education spaces, etc.), collecting live animals from the field, regularly interacting with guests and developing new and exciting marine science education experiences and programs. The position will begin at the end of March. This is a part-time, seasonal position.


• Degree in a biology, marine science, environmental science, environmental studies or related field (applicants without a finished degree can be considered if the applicant possesses relevant teaching/scientific experience or coursework).
• Education/teaching experience, preferably in both indoor and outdoor settings and preferably with a variety of age groups (K-12).
• Excellent communication skills for interacting with adult aquaria guests, young aquaria guests, visiting students, visiting teachers, visiting campers, visiting program directors, coworkers, interns, etc.
• Experience with working with and handling live marine animals and maintaining live animals in aquaria.
• Experience with collecting live animals in the field in adverse weather and environmental conditions.
• Experience with identifying local fauna and flora is preferred but can be substituted via
demonstration of proper identification skills.
• Experience with data management and Microsoft software.
• While professional art experience is not required, the applicant should be confident in preparing and implementing basic art-centric marine science programs.
• While formal marine science research experience is not required, the applicant should be familiar with standard marine science research related equipment (plankton nets, seine nets, quadrats, microscopes, refractometers, YSI, dissection kits, etc.)
• Preference will be given to those applicants with significant scientific outreach experience, particularly for applicants who have experience in independently developing scientific education and outreach lessons and programs.

Considerations/Possible Duties:

• The applicant should be comfortable with leading education programs by his/her/their self.
• The applicant should be comfortable working in adverse weather conditions and should also possess proper outdoor/foul weather attire.
• The applicant should possess above average swimming skills and should be comfortable getting in the water for animal collection and during program activities such as seining.
• The applicant should be comfortable with opening and closing the marine education center facilities independently when the head naturalist has other manners to attend to.
• The applicant will be expected to perform dissections on a variety of animals (fish, squid, bivalves, etc.), some of which may be live and will be expected to perform live animal feedings.
• The applicant may be asked to attend outreach programs at nearby (>10 miles) locations (camp programs, schools, libraries, etc.) and should therefore have reliable transportation.
• The applicant may be asked to perform extensive marine facility cleaning projects and should therefore be able to lift at least 50 pounds and should not be squeamish (as equipment such as aquaria tend to accumulate unpleasant organic matter).
• The applicant may be asked to direct and mentor high school interns and should therefore possess the proper leadership and communication skills and experience necessary to act as a leader for high school interns.

This highly demanding, but rewarding, job best fits individuals who work well independently and as part of a team. Candidates must demonstrate problem solving skills, time and group management skills, and enthusiasm for education and the environment. Candidate will be expected to work weekends.

How to Apply:

Please email Cover letter and resume to Kyle Troy at

If you have any other questions, please contact Kyle or visit our website at

Please check out and for job searches, as well.

NYSMEA President's Letter

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

A Healthy Environment For All Creatures

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To keep a healthy environment for the people in the community, and for our friends in the region's aquatic ecosystem, by supporting formal and informal aquatic education.

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:

NYSMEA Volunteers at Beneath The Sea

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.

Partner Events

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  Please join in on these potential achievements while they are open.

Since we are an education and career development professional organization, we are proud to share the following opportunity to be a part of a regional institution of epic proportion:

Bioluminescence        Coral Reefs and Bleaching

Mariana Trench and deep oceans       Water Pressure

Impact of Global Warming on Oceans


Are you a Ph.D. candidate, post-doc, or established scientist doing research on bioluminescence, coral reefs and bleaching, Mariana Trench and deep oceans, impact of global warming on oceans, and/or water pressure?  Stephanie Fins, a teacher with the Dalton School at the American Museum of Natural History, is looking to identify 6-10 scientists who are interested in being interviewed by a small group of students for about half an hour, either by Sykpe, or in person if they are local.  If you are available to speak with students, either individually or in a small group where they would ask 3-5 questions, please reach out to her at 


Please become a member to see the newest Strandline in your email inbox, and for members-only benefits.


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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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.

NYSMEA Address:

Lisa Breslof/NYSMEA

Dept. Of Education

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

NYSMEA Phone: Lisa Breslof at 212.769.5169

NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 
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