About our Educational Programs
Seatuck’s education programs seek to expose people to the diversity, beauty, and wonder of Long Island’s natural world. Such authentic outdoor experiences are the foundation upon which people develop their connection to the environment and concern for its conservation. Our programs foster a greater appreciation and understanding of Long Island wildlife and ecological systems in support of long-term conservation of the environment.
We offer a variety of public programs for pre-school children, students, adults, and families. We also offer training for teachers and other professionals (including the Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop), and a range of private programs for schools, early childcare providers, scouts, businesses and more.
“IN THE END, WE WILL CONSERVE ONLY WHAT WE LOVE;
WE WILL LOVE ONLY WHAT WE UNDERSTAND;
AND WE UNDERSTAND ONLY WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT.”
Baba Dioum, Senagalese Conservationist, 1968
Biaba Dioum’s famous saying, made during a speech before the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), is often used to explain the importance of environmental education. At Seatuck, we have a slightly different take on Dioum’s wise words: We think a love of nature and the development of a conservation ethic begins, most fundamentally, with a connection to the natural world. And these connections start with experiences in the outdoors.
In an era when mobile phones, televisions and other factors increasingly conspire to keep people (especially children) from having such experiences, our education programs seek to get people outside for authentic experiences in nature. From that simple starting point, we can teach about the natural world, expand understanding and – as our education team likes to say – grow future conservationists!
Teachers & Schools
Seatuck offers a range of programming for school districts. We provide in-class presentations and outdoor programs, which can be held on school grounds, at parks and preserves near the school or at other exciting locations across Long Island. We also offer field trips to one of three educational facilities: The Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip, the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip, and the Sherwood Jayne Farm in East Setauket.
Seatuck has been providing professional development opportunities for teachers for over a decade. This work focuses on helping teachers develop a deeper understanding of Long Island’s natural history and learning techniques for using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom and incorporating the natural world into daily lessons. Seatuck’s work with teachers includes both the annual year-long Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology Workshop and custom, shorter trainings for teacher groups, grade levels, administrators, schools or districts.
The Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) is a small, secretive, semi-aquatic species that is found in a wide variety of shallow wetland habitats and their adjacent upland areas. It was once considered the most common turtle in New York State and the New York City region.