On Wednesday, September 24th, students from William Floyd High School worked side by side for a “Day in the Life of the Carmans River,” a project about exploring the health of one of our local natural resources. Students visited both Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and the Manor of St. George.
William Floyd High School teacher, Dr. Meyer states, “We have about 30 students here that are collecting a variety of water protocol for A Day in the Life of Carmans and they are also doing research extensions for their own personal projects.”
High school senior Tristan Arnau said, “This is my second year doing this. It’s a whole community event where a whole bunch of schools on Long Island are coming together for the same objective to take data down and return the health of the whole river.”
“This is an amazing day,” said Melissa Griffiths, Director of Environmental Education for the Central Pine Barrens Commission. “It’s the best day of my career. We have 435 students at 15 locations from 9 schools in all different grade levels on the river from headwaters to the mouth taking environmental data.”
“They bring us here as experts to work with the kids,” said Matthew. “We are involved directly with research that is going on in the river with Stony Brook University. We show the kids that there is ongoing research right here in their own backyard.”
Sherryll Jones, Field Technician from Cornell Extension “I believe that it’s key that these students are studying the area where they are growing up and coming to an area where they might not have visited otherwise. They might’ve passed the park on their way to school or any of their other activities but didn’t actually have a chance to get in here to observe or investigate it and then on top of it to give them the tools and resources to be able to study the river and see what goes into research. It might spark an interest that otherwise they might not have had.”
Eleventh grader Felicia Molzen said that she has been participating in this event since the 9th grade.
“I think it’s very beneficial,” explained Felicia. “I’ve been here since the first year and I realize that this project is going to go beyond my generation. We’re going to be taking data on this river for years and year and hopefully it will help it recover.”
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