Marine Science Field Study - Investigation Information

  • As part of the fifth grade science investigation of water ecosystems, the classes study the local marine environment in an outdoor field study learning lab.  The Group for the East End’s environmental educators share their expert knowledge as they guide students in the organized exploration. 

    The field study allows students to experience hands-on the marine biodiversity of our local shores.  As they explore life in both the Shinnecock Bay salt marsh/estuary and ocean beach dune ecosystem, students use maps, thermometers, charts, graphs and identification books in order to make measurements and record observations about the diverse aquatic life and physical conditions such as weather, water and soil profiles affecting life in the area. 

    This investigation provides students the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge and skills, learn new skills and information and finally, synthesize the information they gather to make conclusions.