A Public Perception Survey, conducted by the Long Island Sound Study in 2006, suggests that Long Island Sound residents are not well informed when it concerns environmental issues and terms. For example, less than one-third questioned in the survey knew that storm drains empty into the Sound and its tributaries. The survey also indicated that environmentally knowledgeable residents are more likely to engage in behaviors to prevent pollution (such as lawn care practices to reduce fertilizer runoff into storm drains). Below are many educational resources that we encourage educators to use in their classrooms or during their programs in order to help us educate the 8.9 million residents of our watershed.
The Long Island Sound Study has compiled resources that serve as a virtual tour of Long Island Sound, including underwater pictures taken by expert divers in 2001. Learn more »
There are lots of ways you can get your students out of the classroom, collecting data about Long Island Sound. Learn more »
Check out our directory of resources aimed at teaching Long Island Sound and estuary science topics. Learn more »
There are lots of websites to visit that can provide more information about Long Island Sound and other estuaries. Learn more »
A new educational tool focusing on Long Island Sound habitats was launched this summer to help bring the Sound to the classroom through a Virtual Tour StoryMap. The tool was presented by interns Charlotte Burger (New York Sea Grant) and Nicole Govert (Connecticut Sea Grant) on August 19, 2021 in a teacher webinar that included a walk-thru of the StoryMap and a Q&A panel with contributing experts around the watershed.
Check out the StoryMap and the webinar here!
UCONN researcher Dr. Beth Lawrence and Smithtown High School master teacher Kimberly “Ly” Williams developed a multimedia teaching module aimed at teaching the effects of sea-level rise on ecosystem services provided by LIS coastal marshes. They demoed the module in a webinar hosted by the LISS in August 2020. Check out the webinar and module here!