Wonders of a watery world: Stanwich launches marine sciences program

Stanwich sixth grader Ted Carbone at Greenwich Point.

Stanwich sixth grader Ted Carbone at Greenwich Point.

It was a common site on Friday afternoons, during the school year as Stanwich School students were seen fully engaged and having fun at Greenwich Point and on the waters of Long Island Sound.

But these excursions were not just time for “fun in the sun,” they are actually part of the school’s newly launched marine sciences program.

Lower School science teacher Amy Kerekes and life sciences instructor Jennifer Weyant, along with boat captain and first grade teacher Keith Radcliffe, developed a marine science curricula for each of the school’s grade levels. While at Greenwich Point, students were able to explore tidal life along the shoreline, seining in the shallows and learn about the significance of the Long Island Sound watershed.

After exploring on the shore, students boarded the school’s 25-foot Parker motor vessel and more of the research continues off shore. Seining nets, plankton nets, underwater cameras, otter trawls, secchi disks, water chemistry test kits and more are all part of the educational tools students use.

Learning relationships with Sound Waters and Project Limulus, the Long Island Sound Biodiversity database, Sacred Heart University, Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Dolan DNA Learning Center, and MarineLab in Key Largo, Fla. gives a window into the exciting science lessons happening at Stanwich that serve both the community and the environment.

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