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:
- Bay and Coastal Cruises (Spring)
- Seal cruises (Winter and Spring)
- Marine Discovery Science Excursions (Winter, Spring, Summer)
- Whale Watch Excursions (Summer)
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.
Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.
CRESLI Educational Materials, Speakers, Library program, and Field TripsEducators, 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.
CRESLI Educational Brochures
|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
|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:
|Title:||Whale Watch (inshore)||Whale Watch (offshore)|
|Grade level:||any||4 and up|
|Duration:||5 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.|
|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.|
|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.|