2007-06-22 / Community

Waterfront Alliance Hosts PS 43 At Jamaica Bay

Mickey Cohen of American Littoral Society show PS 43 students a horseshoe crab. Mickey Cohen of American Littoral Society show PS 43 students a horseshoe crab. On Friday, June 15, teacher Kelly Hynson's class at PS 43 visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for a special horseshoe crab class with American Littoral Society's Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. While the horseshoe crabs didn't show up in record numbers that day, the students were fortunate to have two of the most respected environmental leaders in New York there to teach them "seining" and talk to them about the importance of horseshoe crabs.

The day was part of the EnvironMentor Program, hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, to introduce public school students to some of the nation's leading environmental advocates in hopes of encouraging students to pursue careers in the fields of environmental science, education and medicine.

This was the first time many of the students had been to Jamaica Bay, but hopefully it will encourage more to return to this amazing resource in our own back yard.

"These kids have a tremendous opportunity living in Far Rockaway. They live off of one of the most valuable natural resources in the U.S. Yet many have never spent much time outdoors, or worked directly with the scientists and researchers who regularly study this area.

Don Riepe of ALS searches with students for fish and marine life with a seining net. Don Riepe of ALS searches with students for fish and marine life with a seining net. "By bringing these students to the water now, they are gaining an appreciation for nature that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Many will be the stewards of this land and, without a doubt, will be leading the way in science if we continue to work with them," said Jeanne DuPont Director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Teacher Kelly Hynson takes a look at the horseshoe crabs with her students. Teacher Kelly Hynson takes a look at the horseshoe crabs with her students. A PS 43 student in waders gets the chance to practice seining with the net. A PS 43 student in waders gets the chance to practice seining with the net. Students wading out to look for the horseshoe crabs. Students wading out to look for the horseshoe crabs.

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