Exploring Magnificent Marine Ecosystems

Exploring Magnificent Marine Ecosystems photo

Third-grade classes at Blue Point Elementary School were recently paid a visit by Bayport-Blue Point High School alumna and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County marine scientist/educator Alexandra Stevens for a hands-on look into various marine ecosystems.

In tandem with the third-grade science curriculum, Alexandra discussed factors of different marine ecosystems, specifically the local ecosystems on Long Island. Using samples in the classroom, the students explored coastal, salt marsh, and sandy beach ecosystems by comparing those ecosystems to the deep sea and polar environments. 

The students also enjoyed viewing and interacting with local sea creatures found in the salt marshes and beaches, including snails, shellfish, crabs and sea stars, to name a few.