A Day In The Life of an Estruary 

What is "A Day in the Life"

A Day in the Life of an Estuary is a program organized by the South Shore Estuary Reserve Program focused on environmental education, community engagement and water-quality monitoring.  Geared towards students from local middle and high schools, the main goal of the project is to run a single-day field trip to three sites around Oceanside, NY where students will get the opportunity to collect water quality samples, learn about ecosystem services and engage with local flora & fauna.


After the field trip event, the data collected by student groups is processed and shared for analysis — an activity in which students are encouraged to participate in.  This can range from tracking water & soil health throughout Nassau County to GIS analysis of the collected data.


Nassau County Soil & Water has been working with Seatuck Environmental Association, a local organization dedicated to conserving Long Island Wildlife, in managing the Day in the Life project. 

Jones Beach West End Boat Basin

Spirit of the Event

A Day in the Life is a great opportunity to allow school districts, conservation initiatives and government organizations to collaborate on real world conservation work.  The network of data-sharing ensures that the students will have the tools to continue engaging with local conservation efforts ultimately aiming to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists & conservationists. This program is focused on providing a hands-on environmental science experience for local 6-12 grade students. 

Data Collection

Students are instructed to collect data with the help of project coordinators, this data will later be synthesized with data collected from other "A Day in the Life" events around Long Island. 

Marine Nature Study Area

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NCSWCD Held their first "A Day in the Life" event at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside 

Town of Hempstead manages the Marine Nature Study Area. This area located on Slice Drive in Oceanside is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history.