Imagine science. Seems a contradiction in terms right? After all, science is about facts, imagination is all about creativity. Imagine this then. Picture a place where you can see, smell and hold science. A place where you can become an active part of marine science as it evolves around you rather than just an onlooker. Where your kids touching stuff is never a no-no but a greatly encouraged yes-yes!
The good people at CCE’s Marine Program have a vision for just that kind of place. California Closets Long Island is helping to bring that vision to life, leading the renovation of the Classroom and Touch Tank room at the Marine Environmental Learning Center to make it truly a place where wonders never cease.
It starts with upgrading current facilities to create a state-of-the-art educational space which will include enhanced touch tanks and interactive stations setting the stage for marine science to quite literally, come to life. The cost of the renovation is roughly $80, 000. California Closets Long Island is donating much of the materials and labor… valued at more than $30, 000. Along with some generous local grants, we are more than half way to the goal – but we need your help to get all the way there.
What happens when science becomes so touchable? It ignites a tinderbox of curiosity and wonder, sparking a desire to know, become and do more. Here is the list of the high touch improvements:
California Closets Long Island with locations in Ronkonkoma and Southampton, NY has been locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. Owner Anthony DeVincenzo is a big believer in and supporter of science and engineering education. His commitment to education makes California Closets slogan, “Designing Better Lives” more than a slogan – it’s an ethos. This is his first foray into marine science: “When you live and do business in an area like this, surrounded by water, it’s important to educate not just our children, but all of us so that we can sustain what we are so lucky to have.”
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program has been working to protect and enhance our marine resources through education, applied research projects, and stewardship initiatives since 1985. The Back to the Bays Initiative was launched in efforts to better connect communities to to the bays. There are stewardship sites established at numerous locations in the Peconic Estuary, Long Island Sound, and throughout the Shinnecock and Moriches Bay systems. The work conducted at these sites, along with local government and community support, has been able to seed our bays with millions of shellfish, restore over one hundred thousand shoots of eelgrass to our marine meadows, and educate thousands of children through school and field based educational outreach programming. Through this program residents, school groups, and community groups are provided with educational and hands-on opportunities to get involved with CCE’s science-based efforts to:
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