2006-09-29 / Community

EstuaryLive Brings Jamaica Bay Into Classrooms

A new interactive program will transport students to Jamaica Bay on Friday, September 29 and allow them to ask questions directly to on-site naturalists without ever leaving the classroom.

EstuaryLive will broadcast live via the Internet Friday at 12:10 p.m., from Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay.

"The program fits beautifully into the National Policy for Improved Science Literacy and will help attract a whole new generation of scientists into the marine science discipline," according to Dr. Michael Weinstein, Director of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

The hour-long program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will examine the relationship between coastal wetlands, people and nature; the disappearance of the salt marshes; and how we can understand and improve the conditions of the estuary. " EstuaryLive is an innovative way to capture students' imaginations and help them learn," according to Dr. Jack Mattice, New York Sea Grant Director. "This site will, perhaps more than most, highlight the interface between development and our natural wetlands and give students demonstrations of how we are trying to recover these important habitats," he added.

Students will be able to participate in testing water chemistry, seining for fish and other aquatic organisms, and monitor progress of salt marsh restoration. They will also be able to email questions for a live response throughout the program.

As Robert Nyman, Director of the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program, explained, "Jamaica Bay is an extremely valuable natural resource, not only as habitat for the Harbor Estuary's diverse wildlife, but as a recreational destination and outdoor classroom for citizens of the metropolitan region. The Estuary Live broadcast provides a unique opportunity to engage new audiences in understanding and becoming involved in the many issues affecting the bay and estuary," For more information about " EstuaryLive ," visit www.estuaries. gov. For more information about the NY-NJ Estuary Program, go to www.harbor estuary. org.

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