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Electronic Explorations: The Salt Marsh Ecosystem

from The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

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Study a salt marsh ecosystem without ever leaving your classroom!

This distance learning program utilizes two-way video conferencing and wireless technology to enable students outside our locale to "visit" and study our 88 acre salt marsh preserve.

A qualified naturalist will guide students as they explore the plants and animals native to the marsh, as well as their respective roles in the salt marsh food web.

Wearing a wireless camera set in a specially-equipped pair of eyeglasses the naturalist teaches right from the water's edge. Students are able to see the live specimens the naturalist uncovers, ask questions and converse with him or her in real time.

Students will consider the essential question "Why is it important not to interfere with the balance of an ecosystem?"

Broadcasted in real-time, live from the Dr. Erwin J. Ernst Marine Conservation Center in Stony Brook the program is offered in cooperation with the University at Stony Brook's Marine Sciences Research Center.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00


45 minutes with question and answer session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Parent

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more then 30 students

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

Offered April-November (weather permitting)

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please Note: Two weeks notice is required for all cancellations and rescheudules without penalty.

About This Provider

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The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Stony Brook, NY
United States

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology by featuring videoconferencing programs in Coastal Ecology, History and Literacy.

All programs are in aligned to National and New York State Learning Standards and can be tailored to appropriate age levels.

The educational programs are taught by qualified instructors and are reimbursable through Nassau and Suffolk BOCES Arts-In-Education Program.

Deborah Boudreau

Program Details


-Instructor will discuss salt marsh ecology and
show maps of the area.

-The instructor will then explore the salt marsh
in real-time.

-The specimens that are collected during the
session will be looked at more closely and

-Program conclusion/question and answer session


The students will...
-explore the salt marsh ecosystem
-learn about the salt marsh food web
-learn the importance of salt marsh ecosystems
-identify salt marsh plants and animals

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The program adheres to the Benchmarks for Science Literacy published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. See benchmark A, Diversity of Life for grades 6-8; benchmark D, Interdependence of Life for grades 6-8; and benchmark E, Flow of Matter and Energy.

State Standards

This program meets Standard 4 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology. See key ideas 6 and 7 for elementary students as they reference the interdependence of plants and animals, the sun as a source of energy for living cycles, and the ways in which humans have changed their environment and the effects of those changes. See also key ideas 6 and 7 for intermediate students as they reference the interdependence of plants and animals, the flow of energy and matter through food webs, and the effects of environmental changes on humans and other populations.