All Aboard!

What a great way to learn about the waters and wildlife on Long Island!
What a great way to learn about the waters and wildlife on Long Island!
Yankee crew members show students how to use homemade
Yankee crew members show students how to use homemade "Plankton nets to collect water samples.
This young student has no problem using the plankton net to collect water samples.
This young student has no problem using the plankton net to collect water samples.
A father and son enjoy a great day on the water.
A father and son enjoy a great day on the water.
Students learned about the sophisticated GPS, radar, sonar, and other equipment in the wheel-house.
Students learned about the sophisticated GPS, radar, sonar, and other equipment in the wheel-house.
Crew member Mike, using a dredge basket, gets students to identify and discuss the different organisms that came off the sea floor.
Crew member Mike, using a dredge basket, gets students to identify and discuss the different organisms that came off the sea floor.
While onboard the Yankee III, students were able to see the teaming live in their water samples using a microscope.
While onboard the Yankee III, students were able to see the teaming live in their water samples using a microscope.

Maplewood fifth graders from Ms. Garafalo and Ms. Ciccarelli’s classes climbed aboard the Yankee III fishing vessel for an educational oceanographic trip as part of their aquatic studies and outdoor education curriculum.

The students became "argonauts" and oceanographers as they studied various aquatic organisms, collected water samples in order to view plankton under microscopes, and toured the pilot house, where they were taught about the sophisticated GPS, radar, sonar, and other equipment that help the captain safely navigate the boat. They also had an opportunity to do some fishing. What a great way to learn about the waters and wildlife on Long Island!