The Strandline


New York State Marine Education Newsletter

June 2016

Strandline (n): the high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.


President's Note


Volunteers unite for It's My Estuary Day at Kaiser Park. Credit: NWoods

Greetings, NYSMEANs,

NYSMEA has been very busy hosting beach cleanups and spreading marine environmental awareness with local students from all ages and various schools!

NYSMEA collaborated with many schools and organizations for It's My Estuary Day on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Kaiser Park along Coney Island Creek. The event included a coastal cleanup in addition to the Great Fish Count and other activities. The event drew 400 people including the NYC School Chancellor Carmen Farina, Councilman Treyger, Brooklyn Borough Reyna, educators, divers, science organizations, and many local students. NYSMEA played a critical role in organizing and executing this marine STEM education event. The event was featured by NYCDOE's STEM office:   

NYSMEA's Tom Greene also sponsored the Denyse Wharf Beach Cleanup on Sunday, May 22, 2016 helping to raise awareness of the need for a marine science laboratory and advocating for the lab to be built on Denyse Wharf.

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Other NYSMEA News...
  • World Science Festival-Great Fish Count on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9am to 1pm. NYSMEA, NYSDEC, NYCDOE STEM and the BMSEA are conducting a marine life census at Kaiser Park, Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. For more information, contact
  • Hokulea Worldwide Voyage is coming to the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, Manhattan, NY on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The next stop will be at Governors Island in NY Harbor from Thursday, June 16 to Saturday, June 18, 2016. For more information, contact Dan Clancy at or Leslie Morioka at
  • City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10am-3pm at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY. NYSMEA, NYCDOE, NYCDEP, and many others are organizing the event. Other City of Water Day events will be held at Governors Island, New York, NY and Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, NJ. 
Save the dates!
  • The National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference is in Orlando, FL from June 25 - July 1, 2016. Registration and conference details are available at
  • The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday, October 1, 2016. 
  • International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

Lane Rosen
NYSMEA President 
  • Denyse Wharf: An Historical Treasure

    Denyse Wharf is a landmark property with breathtaking views of the Narrows and the Verrazano Bridge. Named after a Dutch farmer who owned the land in the 1600’s, Denyse Wharf is the main site of the British invasion in the Battle of Brooklyn that began the Revolutionary War. This historic site was eventually incorporated into the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison.

    Friends of Denyse Wharf

    This gem of a property is like a “diamond in the rough”. The adjacent beach gets littered with marine debris carried in by the tides. So, twice a year, for the past 27 years, students from the local schools, with permission from the Army, have cleared the beach of tires, driftwood, plastics, glass and metal. The NYCDEP has provided a dumpster to cart away the trash.
    Efforts to rehabilitate this unused Army property, which had become a community eyesore, began in 2001. At that time Council Member Martin Golden, now a State Senator, funded a feasibility study by the School Construction Authority (SCA) to construct a modest environmental science lab with a public space for commemorative plaques depicting historical events associated with Denyse Wharf, the Battle of Brooklyn and the founding of the Fort Hamilton Garrison.  The SCA concluded that such a facility was feasible to build.
    Unfortunately, efforts to get the City of New York to implement the SCA recommendation
    have been unsuccessful. Nevertheless, Friends of Denyse Wharf will resume advocating for a science lab with a pedestrian space where the general public can observe students engaged in hands- on activities related to real world problems in environmental pollution, including global warming and climate change.
    Friends of Denyse Wharf continue to request that the NY City Department of Education honor the original feasibility study that recommended a science lab and a public gathering place at Denyse Wharf. We urge that our elected officials respond to a real educational need to improve science achievement in the schools by meeting with school officials to move this project forward.

    For more information, contact Thomas Greene, Coordinator, Friends of Denyse Wharf; 9437 Shore Road Apt E2, Brooklyn, NY 11209; phone: 718-833-0102; e-mail:
NYSMEA 146 Suffolk Hall Stony Brook, NY 11794 Phone: 631-632-9216 
NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 

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