Education Programs Offered By the Riverhead Foundation
Programs at Atlantis Marine World: Call (631)208-9200 extension 105 to book a program!Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Center Tour: Learn about local marine mammals and sea turtles that inhabit our waters. Artifacts and animals (depending on circumstances) will be on display in our rescue center. Learn what the Riverhead Foundation is doing to protect these threatened and endangered animals. Emphasis will be placed on the dangers of pollution and human interactions with these animals, and what each of 'us' can do to protect these animals.
Marine Mammal Husbandry/Rehabilitation Tour (Behind the Scenes): Take advantage of the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the Riverhead Foundationís marine biologists, learn about marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation, and view rehabilitating seals and sea turtles (depending on availability). 5th grade and above.
Classroom Presentations: Visit the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, than participate in a classroom lecture. Topics include seals and sea lions, whales, dolphins and porpoises, sea turtles, and the New York State Stranding Program. All lectures utilize slides, artifacts, and in some cases video. All are age specific. K-12 and above.
Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Anatomy and Physiology Class: Join a marine biologist as he/she performs a post mortem examination on a marine mammal and sea turtle. Topics include the functional morphology of marine mammals and evolutionary biology. This is an amazing way to get a rare close-up glimpse of the anatomy and physiology of these protected animals. Class lasts 2-3 hours. Students are encouraged to assist in a hands-on learning environment. 7th grade and above.
Outreach Programs:Call (631) 369-9840 to book a program! We will come to you!
Learn about seals and sea lions, whales, dolphins, and porpoises, sea turtles, marine pollution and what you can do to stop it, predator/prey relationships, and the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. All programs utilize slides, artifacts, and in some cases video. All are age specific. K-12 and above.
Field Trips: These programs offer students an exciting out of the classroom learning experience, on location throughout Long Island .
Bay Investigations: Join us on a 2-3 hour marine exploration boat ride. Learn ship navigation. Haul up live specimens with a scallop dredge or plankton tow and learn what lives on the bottom of our bays. This hands-on experience will investigate a variety of marine organisms and food chains associated with supporting the marine environment.
Ecology Walks: Join a Riverhead Foundation educator on a fact filled walk at a salt marsh, beach, woodland, bog, pine barren, or walking dune. Species identification as well as ecology and human effects on the environment will be discussed. Seining and collection of plants and animals will be performed and discussed. Available year round but in warmer months prepare to get wet!!
Harbor Seal Observation Walks: Join the Riverhead Foundation at historic Montauk for a guided walk to a remote beach to observe local seal populations in their natural surroundings. Seal biology and beach ecology and geology will be discussed. Available December through April.
Seal Cruises: Join us as we set sail from Point Lookout, Nassau County Long Island to catch an exciting glimpse at winter harbor seal populations. Riverhead Foundation educators will be on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Available January through March. (Cruise time is 2 hours).
Mock Stranding: Learn what happens when a call goes out to rescue a stranded marine mammal on Long Island. Procedure as well as what you can do as a bystander are discussed as well as the work of the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program. Artifacts, and life size models of stranded animals are used in this exciting glimpse of what actually happens on a rescue.
Beach Cleanup: Help the Riverhead Foundation clean a local beach in your area. Not only are you cleaning the beach but countless marine animals will also benefit. Pollution and its affects on marine life will be discussed as well as stories about specific animals that stranded due to pollution. Materials are included for the cleanup and the location is up to the group. This is a great class project as well as for Boy and Girl Scouts. Available year round but best times are September through May.