Programs, Presentations & Activities

Cold Stun Sea Turtle Lectures

Learn how you can help the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation save the sea turtles by attending one of our cold stun sea turtle lectures this year. Lectures are hosted in various locations across Long Island now through December where attendees can learn about cold stunning, what to do in the event a sea turtle as discovered on the beach, and also register to be a volunteer beach patroller. To learn more, view dates, and sign up, click here.

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Center Tour

Learn about local marine mammals and sea turtles that inhabit our waters. Learn what the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is doing to protect these threatened and endangered animals by visiting the Rescue Center. Animals and artifacts are on display, with emphasis be placed on the dangers of pollution and human interactions with these animals. Each of us can help to protect these animals. Learn more about how you can support us here.

Marine Mammal Husbandry/Rehabilitation Tour (Behind the Scenes)

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s biologists, learn about marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation, and view seals and sea turtles in rehabilitation. 5th grade and above.

Classroom Presentations

Visit the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, and then participate in a classroom lecture. Topics include seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises, sea turtles, and the New York State Stranding Program. Students will learn how they can become an active member of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, and assist biologists in saving marine mammals and sea turtles. All lectures utilize slides, artifacts, and in some cases, video. All are age specific. K-12 and above.

Lecture Programs

Learn about seals and sea lions, whales, dolphins, and porpoises, sea turtles, marine pollution and what you can do to stop it, 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.

Ecology Walks

Join a Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation 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!!

Seal Cruises

Join us as we set sail from Freeport, Long Island, aboard the Captain Lou Fleet, to catch an exciting glimpse at winter harbor seal populations. Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation educators will be on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Want to be a scientist for a day? Join us for a rugged seal cruise out of Southampton. Available January through March. (Cruise time is 2 hours). For dates and reservations, click here.

Mock Stranding

Mock Strandings give participants an inside view of rescuing stranded marine mammals 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 for Marine Research and Preservation clean a local beach in your area. Not only are you cleaning the beach but countless marine animals will also benefit. Pollution and its effects 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.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Call us at 631.369.9840 or email education@riverheadfoundation.org to book a program. We’ll even come to you!

Initiatives

Pick It Up!

On the first Saturday of each month, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation staff and volunteers will be at 5 beaches across Long Island to collect the marine debris that poses a threat to our marine environment and it’s inhabitants. Support us! In 2016 we were able to pick up 5,030 pounds of garbage, help us pick up more in 2017.

Learn more about the Pick It Up! initiative, and how you can help us preserve and protect the marine environment. You can sign up by visiting our Rescue Center located within Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, by emailing education@riverheadfoundation.org, or by calling 631.369.9840.

Beach clean up sites are as follows:

  • Roanoke Beach in Riverhead
  • Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness
  • Crab Meadow Beach Park in Huntington
  • Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai
  • Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays

More about Pick It Up! 2017

Marine debris is adversely affecting marine animals at an alarming rate. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation needs your help to take a stand against this human-induced occurrence, and give these animals the best chance of survival. By working with our community partners, we will inspire the public to take action, change their behavior, and create a safer environment for future generations of humans and marine animals alike.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation currently uses stranding data to determine the magnitude of the impact marine mammals and sea turtles that frequent New York waters. By integrating this data into marine debris lectures and beach clean ups, we will evoke change in New York communities, leading to a reduction in the amount of marine debris entering the environment.

Be the driving force behind eradicating marine debris and saving our marine environment. Join us for a beach clean up we host in your community, or suggest a new site in need of help. Most importantly, show us how you are saving the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, and encourage others to do the same, by sharing your photos and stories on social media with us. As a result of your support, marine debris on the beach will be removed before it is given the opportunity to harm a marine animal.