Education - Youth Education
A Sampling of Resources for Teachers and Students

NYSG's Green Tips for Coastal Living (click here)
Spread the word and educate your family, friends, and neighbors about ways they can help protect the waters of New York, from the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound to Lakes Ontario and Erie and all points in between.


Exploring the Estuary! A Teacher’s guide to the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Region (click here)
First produced in 2003, this updated guide highlights regional education organizations providing K-12 estuary-related field trips, lesson plans and classroom activities. The directory aims to introduce educators to the dynamic network of organizations and resources available to help students learn about the harbor.


Color Your Catch (pdf)
Kids learn about some Long Island fish species - including bluefish, summer flounder and striped bass - while they color away and draw lines to their favorite catch.


IFISHNY Lesson Plans (click here)
New educational materials for teachers: lesson plans, background info, handouts and supplemental activites. THis info, which can be used in formal or informal classroom settigns, is aligned with NYS Education Learning Standards.


IFISHNY Games (click here)
Download fish-themed matching, word finds, word jumbles and mazes.


Posters: Ecosystem and Habitat

  • Brown Tide in Long Island Bays: An Ecosystem View (pdf

  • Great Lakes ecosystem (click here)

  • Lobster Life Cycle & Habitat (pdf)

  • Long Island Bays (click here)



Education Resources in the Great Lakes

New York Sea Grant uses hand-on workshops and a “teach the teacher” approach to extend science-based learning through teachers to students throughout New York’s Great Lakes region. Topics include critical environmental issues such as water quality and invasivespecies. NYSG Great Lakes partners with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes, the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Sea Grant College Program, University at Buffalo, Buffalo Museum of Science and others to make programs possible.


A Guide to Fish Invaders of the Great Lakes Region
Sea Grant programs in New York, Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have partnered to create training curricula materials centered around the AIS-HACCP concept.

NYSG Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske worked with others in the Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes to produce, among other things, a Field Guide to Fish Invaders of the Great Lakes Region. The guide includes full-color illustrations for 38 invasive and common look-a-like native fishes.

“The purpose of this guide is to assist private and public fisheries personnel in identifying and reporting potentially invasive fish species that pose threats to the recreational, environmental and economic value of the Great Lakes region,” says Domske. The guide is also designed to accompany AIS-HACCP training workshops (for which Domske and others in the Great Lakes Sea Grant network have given and continue to offer), curriculum, video and other program materials. For more, click here or request copies through New York Sea Grant at 631-632-9124.


Great Lakes Sea Grant Education Materials for Loan
New York Sea Grant education staff members have been involved in the development of curriculum materials.  As a means of sharing these materials with interested educators, a loan system has been created.  The following materials can be borrowed at no charge from the NYSG office at the University at Buffalo.  Materials can be picked up by local educators, or the materials can be mailed to your school.  For more information, or to arrange the loan of materials, please contact:
sgbuffal@cornell.edu


A Guide to Fish Invaders of the Great Lakes Region
Sea Grant programs in New York, Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have partnered to create training curricula materials centered around the AIS-HACCP concept.

NYSG Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske worked with others in the Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes to produce, among other things, a Field Guide to Fish Invaders of the Great Lakes Region. The guide includes full-color illustrations for 38 invasive and common look-a-like native fishes.

“The purpose of this guide is to assist private and public fisheries personnel in identifying and reporting potentially invasive fish species that pose threats to the recreational, environmental and economic value of the Great Lakes region,” says Domske. The guide is also designed to accompany AIS-HACCP training workshops (for which Domske and others in the Great Lakes Sea Grant network have given and continue to offer), curriculum, video and other program materials. For more, click hereor request copies through New York Sea Grant at 631-632-9124.


Greatest of the Great Lakes - A Medley of Model Lessons
The Centers for Ocean Sciences Educational Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes has developed a collection of 41 innovative classroom activities to provide teachers and students (grades 4-10) with insights into the uniqueness of the Great Lakes and their influence on aquatic life and human populations.  COSEE GL believes that as students engage in these interactive and thought-provoking activities, they will gain an understanding of Great Lakes science, issues, and potential solutions. Activities in the CD have been aligned to NY State Standards.

Examples of 7 of the 41 activities from CD are available as FREE downloadable activities to provide teachers with a sampling of our Greatest of the Great Lakes - A Medley of Model Lessons collection.  Click here to request these materials from one of our partner programs, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.


ESCAPE Curriculum Compendium
Exotic Species Compendium of Activities to Protect the Ecosystem (ESCAPE) is a collection of activities developed from the Exotic Species Day Camp Project for Educators. This package includes 36 user-friendly sets of lessons that incorporate experiments, art, music and games.  Activity-based lessons are cross curricular, appealing to a range of learning styles.  New York Sea Grant was involved in the development of the ESCAPE Compendium along with Sea Grant partners in Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota.  New York teachers contributed activities to the Compendium.

ESCAPE Concepts & Subject Areas:

  • Environment and Ecology
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Reading,
  • Writing and Language Arts

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