2011-10-21 / Community

Scout Groups Learn About Jamaica Bay


Environmental Educators (l. to R.) Colleen Sorbera, Elizabeth Manclark and Barbara Saunders helped with tour of the bay. Environmental Educators (l. to R.) Colleen Sorbera, Elizabeth Manclark and Barbara Saunders helped with tour of the bay. Last Sunday, the National Park Service and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation hosted an overnight camp program and a tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the American Princess boat for 150 boy, girl and cub scouts from Rockaway and other parts of Queens. The bay eco-tour was narrated by veteran environmental educators Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. As they cruised along the south channel, the scouts learned about salt marshes and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and saw migrating great egrets, osprey, peregrine falcons, cormorants and recent wintering arrivals such as brant geese.

It was a windy day and the group enjoyed watching the waves send salt spray over the bow of the boat captained by Tom Paladino.

Also aboard were NPS, NYC Park Rangers and scout leaders. This program was part of a national effort to get young people outdoors.



Young scouts enjoyed the wind-whipped surf splashing against the side of the boat. Young scouts enjoyed the wind-whipped surf splashing against the side of the boat.

Scouts show their enthusiasm for the great outdoors while waiting for the subway bridge to open. Scouts show their enthusiasm for the great outdoors while waiting for the subway bridge to open.

Littoral Society chapter director Don Riepe and girl scouts fight the wind aboard the American Princess. Littoral Society chapter director Don Riepe and girl scouts fight the wind aboard the American Princess.

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