Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc.

PO Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796

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Dear Educator/Science Coordinator:

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc., (CRESLI) was founded in the summer of 1996 by a group of professionals and experts in marine mammal science, environmental sciences, education and conservation. CRESLI was formed for the purposes of conducting research, providing educational experiences and promoting conservation of coastal ecosystems.

CRESLI and the Viking Fleet (Montauk, NY) have joined forces to provide an array of unparalleled marine and coastal educational experiences for you and your students for. The cooperative association between CRESLI, with its expertise in marine sciences and education, and the Viking Fleet, with its large assortment of vessels and highly experienced crews, allows us to offer the following types of on-board educational experiences:

All cruises and excursions will be led by experienced CRESLI staff. In addition, CRESLI volunteers will be aboard to assist in our efforts. Educational material such as hand-outs and lab exercise can be provided prior to sailing dates. Speakers may also be provided, depending upon availability.

CRESLI also offers educational seal walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach, NY.School groups can join CRESLI on public seal walks, or can arrange seprate walks for schools, or classes. Contact Dr. Kopelman via email for more information

If you would like more information, please call CRESLI's voice mail (631-319-6003) and leave a message with your name and phone number. You may also send an e-mail, by clicking here. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  • SCIENCE TEACHERS: Please note that CRESLI programs have been accredited by STANYS for in-service credit. For more information, contact CRESLI.

Sincerely,

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.

President, CRESLI


CRESLI Educational Materials, Speakers, Library program, and Field Trips

Educators, below is an annotated list of CRESLI material and programs that may be of interest to you.

If you fill out and submit a request form, a sample packet of all materials will be mailed to you.


Materials available:

CRESLI Educational Brochures

Title:

Checklist of cetaceans, sea turtles, and coastal and pelagic birds of NY
Grade level:
Middle School and above
Cost:
Individual copy - free; multiple copies - $5.00 for shipping and handling
Description:
A tri-fold checklist of cetaceans, sea turtles, and coastal and pelagic birds of NY.
Title:
Common Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles of Long Island
Grade level:
Middle School and above
Cost:
Individual copy - free; multiple copies -$ 5.00 for shipping and handling
Description:
Tri-fold brochure with details about the marine mammals and sea turtles of Long Island

CRESLI Educator Request Form

Programs Available:

Title:
Grade level:
any
Duration:
varied
Cost:
$200.00 honorarium
Description:
CRESLI's professional educators and scientists are available to give lectures (with demonstration material) to groups of various sizes and ages at various venues.
Topics include (but are not limited to): Cetaceans of New York and Adjacent Waters; Pinnipeds of New York and Adjacent Waters; Sea Turtles of New York; Birds of Coastal New York; Sharks of New York; Marine Ecology; Long Island's Natural History; Endangered Species; Climate Change; Stratospheric Ozone Depletion ...

Field Trips Available:

Whale watches

Grade level:
any
4 and up
Duration:
6 hours
36 or 51 hours
Cost:
$49 to $75 per individual depending upon age. Group discounts vailable
to be determined
Description:
Join LI's most experience whale researchers and catch a glimpse of our marine diversity just miles from our shore. Fin, minke, humpback, right, sperm, and pilot whales; dolphins, porpoises; sea turtles; pelagic birds can be seen. Whale watches take place from June through early September.
Offshore overnight trips to the Great South Channel or the Canyons along the edge of the continental shelf to find Fin, minke, humpback, right, sperm, and pilot whales; dolphins, porpoises; sea turtles; pelagic birds.

Seal trips

Seal Walks
Title:
Grade level:
any
Duration:
1 to 3 hours
Cost:
suggested donation of $5.00 per person over 18; $3 per those under 18
Description:
Join CRESLI led walks to observe, count and photograph seals at haul out areas and learn about seal species diversity, ecology, evolution, and status. Students will be involved in collecting seal density, distribution and behavior data.

Seal Cruises
Title:
Grade level:
any
Duration:
4-8 hours
Cost:
to be determined
Description:
Join CRESLI led cruises to observe seals at haul out areas on remote islands and learn about seal species diversity, ecology, evolution, and status. Students will be involved in collecting seal density, distribution and behavior data.

Bald Eagle Cruises
Title:
Bald Eagle Cruise
Grade level:
any
Duration:
4-8 hours
Cost:
to be determined
Description:
Join CRESLI led walks to observe bald eagles and other raptors during the autumn on the Connecticut River. On our way across LI sound we will look at seal haul out areas on remote islands. Students will be involved in collecting wildlife density, distribution and behavior data.
Marine Discovery Science/ Bay Investigation Cruises
Title:
Marine Discovery Science/ Bay Investigation Cruises
Grade level:
4 and above
Duration:
3-4 hours
Cost:
to be determined
Description:
Hands-on marine science experiences for students including collecting and examining samples of marine life from the open ocean and sea bottom. Navigation, seamanship and LI's natural history are explored.

CRESLI Educator Request Form
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