Coastal Ecology Detectives @ The Ernst Marine Conservation Center

How do earth’s land and water interact to produce a salt marsh ecosystem?  How does energy move through the biosphere to produce the salt marsh food web? What happens if these relationships are thrown out of balance?

These are the questions Coastal Ecology Detectives explore in this interactive program set at West Meadow Creek, an 88-acre wetland habitat, and embayment of the Long Island Sound. Students explore West Meadow Creek’s shoreline to collect and identify marine specimen including crabs, birds and plants, create shoreline erosion models, and compare and contrast fresh, salt and brackish water for salinity, turbidity and oxygen.

Boces Arts-in-Education Reimbursable. Recommended for grades 4th -7th.

Common Core Standards: WMHO supports NY State and Common Core Standard learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas

Next Generation Science Standards:

S2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems;  ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes



Duration: 1.5 hr
Levels: Elementary , Middle
Minimum Program Fee: $150.00
Per Student Fee: 10.00
Teacher Fee: FREE
Chaperone Fee: FREE

Location: The Ernst Marine Conservation Center
Address: Trustee’s Road, East Setauket, NY

Contact: 631-751-2244