Students Take Part in ‘A Day in the Life’ Program

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Approximately 170 middle school students had the opportunity to conduct scientific research within the Peconic Estuary during a hands-on field trip on Oct. 21.

The exploration was part of the ninth annual “A Day in the Life” program, which was coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Peconic Estuary Program. As part of the initiative, over 900 students and teachers from across Suffolk County explored and collected data at 23 sites within the estuary. The goal was for them to learn how the estuary fits into the larger ecosystem and determine its health.

To accomplish the task, students, using scientific tools, conducted physical and chemical tests and took biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna around the waterway.