Third and Fourth Graders Extend Studies at Long Pond, LI Aquarium

IMAG4885 As part of their studies of the earliest species of life on Earth, Ross School third graders are currently growing mold (fungi) in their classroom. On October 2, they headed to the Long Pond Greenbelt Preserve in Bridgehampton to observe and record many species of moss, lichen, and fungi, and to learn how these organisms have adapted to their environment. The class collected specimens and will create a moss and lichen garden in a tank for further observation.

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On September 30, Ross fourth graders visited the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead as an extension of their studies of natural communities, sustainability, and local animal migration. “They will spend many weeks learning about the anatomy, life cycles, and migration patterns of animals found in habitats on the East End, and this trip was a wonderful opportunity for the students to associate with the wildlife outside of the classroom,” said Michele Passarella, Lower School Science teacher.

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Students took in a sea lion show, visited the horseshoe crab touch tank and shark tank, and attended a seminar on butterflies and moths. At the butterfly and moth sanctuary, the specimens were very friendly and many hitched a ride with some lucky students!

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Another favorite experience was the Atlantis Explorer Boat Tour, which took the students down the Peconic River and into Flanders Bay. The excursion offered the opportunity for hands-on exploration while promoting environmental awareness and education about the Peconic Estuary.

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