This summer we partnered with the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s summer camp to get their campers outside to enjoy what the WaterFront Center has to offer in Oyster Bay. The program was supported by a grant secured by the City of Glen Cove last year from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. We had over 300 kids from 1st-8th grade, including some students with special needs. The Glen Cove Pee Wees, kids in 1st-3rd grades, came to the WFC for 7 days in July, in groups of 15 to 25. They did our Harbor Habitat program that focuses on salt marsh ecology and inhabitants. Students participated in three activities on the beach: a touch tank, seining, and a seashore scavenger hunt. In smaller groups, the kids found different plants, animals, and shells that can be found within the Long Island Sound. The Crazy 8s Group was a mix of teenagers that participated in marine education sails on Christeen. On two-hour sails, the campers learned about the history of Christeen and its ties to the local community. Educators used a dredge to bring up amazing organisms like Red Beard and Boring sponge, Long Claw and Broad Claw Hermit crabs, and even a few Feathered Blennies from the bottom of the bay. Aside from being introduced to many unusual animals and plants, most of the campers and councilors had never been on a sailboat before, so this experience was very eye opening. The Pathfinders program offers opportunities for kids from Glen Cove that have special needs to engage in fun activities through the summer. We had the pleasure of having them at Beekman Beach one day in the intertidal zone. We also spent a day with them at their facility in Glen Cove with some marine animals they could hold. These programs are always a fantastic way to broaden horizons for children who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. Our partnership with the City of Glen Cove summer camp was a great success. In addition to having fun, it was very stimulating for the campers to discover a world so different, yet also so close! We hope to have Glen Cove youth back next year.