Discovery Tanks Put Local Marine Life in Youngsters' Hands

Thank you Cornell and Countrywood PTA for this exciting hands-on presentation about local marine life that can be found right in our Long Island beaches.
Thank you Cornell and Countrywood PTA for this exciting hands-on presentation about local marine life that can be found right in our Long Island beaches.
Periwinkle snails are acting shy for this first-grader.
Periwinkle snails are acting shy for this first-grader.
Common Atlantic slipper snails are able to change from a girl to a boy and vice-versa, based on who’s on the top of the stack of snails.
Common Atlantic slipper snails are able to change from a girl to a boy and vice-versa, based on who’s on the top of the stack of snails.
Supervised by a marine biologist Marie Cancro, Countrywood students add to their local saltwater ecosystem one creature at a time, and local marine life, slippery and looking for water, find a welcome home.
Supervised by a marine biologist Marie Cancro, Countrywood students add to their local saltwater ecosystem one creature at a time, and local marine life, slippery and looking for water, find a welcome home.

This past week, our Countrywood first-graders had classroom presentations by scientific experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension. During the presentations, the students learned about marine life that can be found right in our local beaches and had an opportunity to observe and touch gentle animals, such as sea stars, mussels, snails, and hermit crabs. The children learned about what they eat, where they live, how they move, and some other exciting adaptations.

Following her hands-on introduction to the many marine creatures that live in our local waters, Cornell Marine Biologist Educator Marie Cancro encouraged the Countrywood first-graders to help in the process of setting up their 10-gallon saltwater aquarium. "I’m interested in making these first-graders more aware of the environment that surrounds them here on Long Island," she said. "Kids at this age should not be afraid to explore the sea life that they find right at their own beaches.” At Countrywood Primary Center, the highlight of the morning was when students got to touch and hold the various marine creatures and add them to their tank one at a time. “I hope the students learn about the sea life all around them help protect them some day.”

Thank you PTA for sponsoring this educational program.