Ecology Programs

  • Our ecology programs stress the interrelatedness and delicate balance that exist among the living and non-living components unique to each community.

    Suggestions for concept emphasis include:

    • plant and animal adaptations
    • seasonal changes
    • measurement skills
    • microclimates
    • transect studies
    • the impact of humans on the environment
    • insects
    • field labs

    winter beech treeField to Forest Succession
    Students explore examples of the different stages of plant growth from a grassy field to a climax forest. Curriculum Links and Standards

    Students observe bluffs at Caumsett Glacial Geology
    The geological composition of Long Island's North Shore beach is explored with emphasis on the masses of clay, sand, gravel, rock and boulders left by glacial movement. Curriculum Links and Standards

    Students observe invertebrates at the Pond Pond
    Caumsett's pond is the perfect site for studying a freshwater ecosystem. Students will collect organisms to identify using a "key" and assess the health of the pond using a biotic index. This program is often used in conjunction with a seashore program for comparison. Curriculum Links and Standards

    view of the saltmarsh Saltmarsh
    Caumsett's 90 acre saltmarsh allow for an in depth study of this marine ecosystems. Saltmarsh hikes at low tide, and/or comparisons to the north shore beach is a popular program requestCurriculum Links and Standards

    2 miles of shoreline Seashore
    Caumsett's 2 mile-long north shore beach allows students to study the rich biodiversity of this marine habitat. Curriculum Links and Standards

    CloudsWeather & Environmental Conditions
    Through simple measurement and experimentation, students are given the basic tools to interpret the atmosphere and its effect upon local weather.

    CoSer: 401.510

  • Fall view of pond and LI Sound at Caumsett