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“Wow, this rock is so smooth.” I turned towards the teenager who was admiring the surface a rock she picked up from the marsh. The other students gathered around picking up rocks from the same area. “Wait–all of these rocks are smooth,” replied another student. The group looked at me for insight on this discovery they made about the rocks. Before guiding the students in a discussion about the tides and erosion, I polled the group. “Raise your hand if you’ve been in a marsh before.” No one raised a hand. “Raise your hand if you’ve been to the beach before.” Only about half of the group raised a hand. It’s not something I had never heard before: many children that grow up in the inner city never have the opportunity to experience the beach. Seeing it in front of me was humbling. I was filled with gratitude for the opportunity to have spent countless days on the beach exploring, playing, and enjoying. I was saddened that these teenagers hadn’t been exposed to such a wonderful part of nature. I was excited that I was the person providing them with this experience for the first time. I started at square one showing the students mussels, clams, and oysters. While teaching them about mud snails, moon snails, high and low tides, and the importance of the marsh the group was so engaged. After exploring the marsh, I took the group seining. “Does anyone know what these are?” I asked the group while holding a pair of waders. Rain boots? Goulashes? Hip boots? The group was initially hesitant. “That’s too big for me to put on.” “You mean, my pants aren’t going to get wet if I go in the water with them?” After the first brave student donned the waders to help me with the first seine, all of the other students were eager for a turn. Smiles were all around as the children transferred the fish they caught along the water’s edge from the seine net into a kiddie pool to learn about their findings. I knew that later in the day the students would have their first experience sailing, and it was clear that none of the students were taking any minute of their time at the WFC for granted. The students above were from Success Academy, a charter school in the city. They came to the WaterFront Center for three days to participate in marine education and STEAM activities. The teenagers were eager and ready to learn during this unique experience that was new to most of the students. It was great to be involved in such a wonderful program. It was grounding and a good reminder not to take the beautiful view that I see every day for granted. However, firsts are no stranger to the WaterFront Center. Adults and children try kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing for the first time almost every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the WFC. People head out to the water hesitant and reserved and come back beaming with excitement and ready for more. After all, it’s hard not to have a good time while out on West Harbor on a lovely, summer’s day!