A Perfect Day for the Beach

A chilly fall breeze did not subdue the adventuresome spirit of members of Adrienne Workman's first grade class.
A chilly fall breeze did not subdue the adventuresome spirit of members of Adrienne Workman's first grade class.
Parents and students worked together to collect many specimens including snails, mussels, guppies, sea plants and even shrimp!
Parents and students worked together to collect many specimens including snails, mussels, guppies, sea plants and even shrimp!
Coaxing a shy creature to the surface requires a little relief from the sun as our marine biologists form a shade tent.
Coaxing a shy creature to the surface requires a little relief from the sun as our marine biologists form a shade tent.
The collected organisms will take up residence in the class's saltwater tank, as an extension of the Cornell Discovery tank program, which is provided by the Countrywood PTA.
The collected organisms will take up residence in the class's saltwater tank, as an extension of the Cornell Discovery tank program, which is provided by the Countrywood PTA.

Ms. Workman’s first grade Countrywood students and their families headed to the beach on a brisk Sunday afternoon.  With nets, pails and shovels in hand, the marine biologists commandeered Centerport Beach to collect a variety of marine life to add to their very own salt water tank.  The students were excited to find and capture some interesting creatures.  They collected snails, clams, fish, shrimp, crabs and mussels.  Later this year, Cornell Cooperative Extension will set up discovery tanks in all of the first grade classrooms.  It was a spectacular day with a hands-on experience enjoyed by the children and their families.