Stony Brook, NY – For the last 50 years students have been taking summer courses at the first marine biology center in Stony Brook, founded by a pioneer in the marine science field, Dr. Erwin J. Ernst.  Some of Dr. Ernst’s original students, and long-time friends from Ward Melville High School, celebrated their 1969 class reunion aboard WMHO’s “Discovery” Wetlands Cruise which meandered through the 88-acre wetlands preserve and past the Ernst Marine Conservation Center, the very place where their interest in the sciences was first awakened by Dr. Ernst 50 years before.

Programs at the center, which houses two classrooms, touch tanks, microscopes and distance learning equipment, are still offered today teaching children of all ages the “wonders of the wetlands.”  For information on future programs, call 631-751-2244. 

Photo Credit:  Rosanne Buscemi