Estuary Unit

National Estuaries Week is September 19-26! 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 and the exciting events we have planned for later this month!

Access Activities: Video: Estuary ABC’s | Arts & Crafts | Examine the East River

View Events: Virtual Open Hours | Estuary Storytime with Brooklyn Public Library | Beach Scavenger Hunt | Fish Webinar



AT-HOME ACTIVITIES

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!



EVENTS

VIRTUAL OPEN HOURS

Join us for Virtual Open Hours! September is usually our estuary theme during Open Hours at the Environmental Education Center. Due to COVID, this month we will bring the estuary fun directly to your screen! Be sure to tune in on Facebook live on these days at 4:00 PM.

  • Thursday, September 10: Intro to Estuary Science
  • Thursday, September 24: Estuary Biodiversity

  • ESTUARY STORYTIME WITH BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Join us on facebook live on Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00am ET for a very special marine themed storytime led by the Brooklyn Public Library. You will also learn how to make a special crab craft.

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


    BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT

    Participate in our beach scavenger hunt in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday, September 27! This self-guided, socially distanced, and family-friendly challenge will have you exploring the park’s beaches and waterfront. Registration is now open!

    A PDF copy of the scavenger hunt will become publicly available after the official competition is over.


    FISH WEBINAR

    Exploring the Underwater World with Chris Paparo, “Fish Guy”

    Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 PM on Zoom. Registration coming soon!

    Mark your calendar to attend an exhilarating virtual talk with the “Fish Guy” Chris Paparo. Chris is a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, who enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls Long Island (and the nearby waters) home.


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