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

Covering Climate in the Classroom More>
"Understanding the relationship between weather and climate are important first steps to understanding larger-scale global climate change," says NYSG Hudson Estuary Specialist Nordica Holochuck, who tested this and other lesson plan concepts with educators during a mid-November workshop on climate change and its impacts. Holochuck has been working with partners from Cornell University and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program on this new series of teaching curricula designed to help middle school students understand climate and weather basics and explore climate change-related issues close to home in the Hudson River Valley. The teaching curricula fit into Learning Standards for New York State, Next Generation Learning Standards and the Common Core.


On YouTube: Making a "Splash" With Great Lakes Education More>
This year, 109 teachers took part in five workshops that focused on Great Lakes watersheds, the Buffalo River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  Those teachers agreed to conduct stewardship activities with over 11,325 students from 4th grade through high school. "By using the 'Teach-the-Teacher' approach, we engage teachers in experiential learning and provide them with information and classroom-tested curriculum developed by Sea Grant and NOAA," says NYSG's Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske.


On YouTube: Two NY Sea Grant Educators Receive Awards at Great Lakes Network Meeting More>
New York Sea Grant's Coastal Community Development Specialist, Mary Penney, and Coastal Education Specialist, Helen Domske, are recipients of awards voted on by Sea Grant-ers from programs in the nine Great Lakes states. Also shared at this June 2014 Sea Grant conference was the latest regional news on invasive species partnerships as well as impacts from the harmful algae blooms that have been cropping up around the Great Lakes. 


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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