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Inspiring the Next Generation

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Youth education is an important aspect of what Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) does. Education is a core mission, with the goal of reaching as many individuals as possible each year. That makes the youth in our communities a target audience.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards is something those of us working for the CCE Marine Program feel is key to creating, maintaining, and sustaining a healthy marine ecosystem. Each year our team of educators and scientific professionals interact with tens of thousands of children via extensive school-based programming and summer camps throughout Suffolk County. The CCE Marine Program offers a science-based look at what is going on in our bays and how each of us plays a role in the health of complex marine and intertidal ecosystems. We offer hands-on experiences that immerse students in nature and connect them with the STEM principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through field excursions, interactive experiences with marine life, and creation of marine-inspired artwork, the participants in the youth education program partake in meaningful andseine and sketch memorable experiences!

As an organization serving all of Suffolk County, CCE Marine Program has numerous locations offering activities designed for children of all ages. Some of the most popular youth programs offered by our team of educators are summer camps; we also offer many other opportunities for youth to engage with marine science in a non-camp setting.

We’re looking forward to seeing the next group of STEM students looking to learn and engage with the marine world this summer. The following is a list of programs and useful links for those seeking more information on scheduling and registration:

Summer Camps

Sea Stars Marine Camp

At Cranberry Hill Environmental Center, located at Fuchs’ Preserve in Northport, campers take part in hands-on activities while learning about Long Island’s vital coastal habitats along with a broad range of important marine and freshwater biology topics.

Sea Adventures Marine Camp

At our Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold, campers get to enjoy interactive learning experiences focused on work conducted by CCE’s scientific professionals. Special Marine Mammals and Shark weeks are a big hit and always sell out — book today!

Marine Discoveries Camp

A great option for campers not seeking a whole day experience is a half-day session at the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold. These are filled with everything from seining and beach games to building underwater ROVs and learning about geocaching.

Saltmarsh1Peconic Dune 4H Camp

Situated within Peconic Dunes County Park in Southold, this location offers both overnight and day camp experiences. Wide arrays of activities are enjoyed daily, including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, team sports, and archery.

For more information on camps visit or call Darci Bielenda 631-852-8660 ext. 21.


Youth Focused Summer Programming

 Art + Science Sessions

Offered at Tiana Bayside Facility in Hampton Bays and at the Art Barge in Amagansett, these two-hour programs integrate art and science, making a fun and creative experience the whole family can enjoy.

For more information visit or call Rachel Neville 631-852-8660 ext. 37

Bay Babies/Bay Buddies

Bay BabiesCCE Marine Program conducts early education. We’re targeting our littlest future environmental stewards with “Bay Babies” for one to two-year-old children and “Bay Buddies” for those ages three through five years. Stories, songs, animal interaction, and sensory experiences make for a special experience for the very young and their caregivers.

For more information visit or call Kim Barbour 631-727-7850 ext. 329.

Scout Programming

For youth involved in the Girl and Boy Scout organizations, we offer numerous programs that fulfill badge requirements as well as offer unique ways to give back to our bays.

For more information visit  or call Christine Tordahl 631-852-8660.

By Kimberly Barbour

The author is Marine Program Outreach Manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County


is the Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program. She has over a decade of experience in management of local coastal and marine issues. She resides in Hampton Bays with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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