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Exploring Estuaries

The East River and New York Harbor are considered estuaries because they are bodies of water where freshwater and saltwater meet! Learn more about this special marine habitat with the resources below.

VIDEO: ESTUARY ABC’s

Discover a few of the many estuary animals we’ve spotted in the East River. This 3 minute video is great for younger learners!

Curious how we caught and study these creatures?

Check out our seining video!

ARTS & CRAFTS

Get creative with these estuary inspired crafts!

EXAMINE THE EAST RIVER

Discover what lies beneath the water’s surface with our interactive artwork! Click the image below!

VIRTUAL OPEN HOURS

National Estuaries Week is mid September! To celebrate, we brought the estuary fun directly to your screen with a two-part virtual open hours. Watch the recordings below. 

Intro to Estuary Science (exploring salinity, water quality, and data recording)

Estuary Biodiversity (identifying local marine organisms)

ESTUARY STORYTIME

Sing songs, listen to stories, and make a craft! Click here to watch a recording of a marine themed storytime led by the Brooklyn Public Library.

Check out the recommended reading list for more estuary-themed stories you can enjoy!

BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT

This self-guided, socially distanced, and family-friendly challenge will have you exploring the park’s beaches and waterfront.

Click here to download and print the scavenger hunt.

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