Children explored Long Island Sound this weekend to kick off the Bruce Museum’s First Sunday Science program. Staff from the Museum’s Seaside Center took children into the ocean at Greenwich Point Park to collect and learn about marine life.
“It’s really about getting the public excited about some real research,” said Darcy O’Brien, summer naturalist at the Seaside Center. ”Today we’re going to be going out and collecting some data for the Long Island Sound study database. The study is important; it really has helped improve some of the water quality in the Long Island Sound and the biological diversity.”
O’Brien says it’s easy to gather people a long the beach and get them involved with the Center’s studies.
“We draw an interest; we’ll go out and do some seining and they see the nets, they see us bringing things in so they get excited, they want to come see what we’ve got,” said O’Brien. “While we’re out there we try to kind of explain anything that we catch that the kids can actually touch and help us measure and things like that.”
Greenwich resident Tom Frater said, “Our kids are certainly engaged with it. They’re learning a lot and they’re having a great time as you can see.”
Rachel Robison said, “My daughter is usually terrified of the water and she was marching in there and she wanted to help with the nets and look at the fish and it’s great for them to be in touch with nature.”
The next First Sunday Science activity will take place on August 4.
“We do a different topic every Sunday. We’re kind of trying to bring awareness to different aspects of the Sound and environmental issues,” O’Brien said.
Visit the Bruce Museum’s website for more information about the Seaside Center.