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Classroom Program

Long Island I FISH NY in the Classroom

NYSDEC Fisheries educators visit classes for one 30 to 45 minute session. Class sizes can range from 20-30 students. Multiple classes can be visited in one day. We provide lessons appropriate for elementary (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students.

Program options include:

Chart Guthrie teaching at Riley Avenue Elementary School
NYSDEC Freshwater Fisheries Manager, Charles Guthrie, teaches the I FISH NY
Food Web lesson at Riley Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead.

Elementary School:

Food Web Interactions
External Fish Anatomy
Organism Classification

Middle School:

Food Web Interactions
External Fish Anatomy
Organism Classification

High School:

Internal and External Fish Anatomy
Invasive Species

Free Fishing Trip

Classroom visits are accompanied by a free fishing trip at a later date. Fishing trips usually occur within two weeks of the classroom visit. Site selection is based upon proximity, time of year, tides and fish species. In addition to providing rods, bait and tackle, I FISH NY-LI focuses on fishing safety procedures and stewardship practices.

Teacher Guidelines and I FISH NY Requirements

I FISH NY Policies

School Responsibilities:

  • Provide transportation to and from the fishing site
  • Pay all park use fees where required
  • Provide adult chaperones. Including teachers and parents, the adult to student ratio must be at least 1:5. Adults are expected to provide assistance to students during the trip.

I FISH NY-LI Responsibilities:

  • Provide rods, bait, and tackle
  • Provide fishing technique and safety instruction

Fishing Locations

Fishing trips typically occur within two weeks of the classroom visit. Sites are chosen based upon proximity, time of year, tides, and fish species. Trips are held in light rain, and are only canceled in case of severe weather. Unfortunately, due to scheduling restrictions, rain dates are not possible.

Freshwater field trip sites in Suffolk County include but are not limited to:

  • Deep Pond, Wading River
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Suffolk County Park, Ronkonkoma
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Town of Brookhaven, Ronkonkoma
  • Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon
  • Willow Pond, Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown

Saltwater field trip sites in Suffolk County include but are not limited to:

  • Mattituck Creek Waterway DEC Access Site, Mattituck
  • Smith's Point Suffolk County Park, Shirley
  • Cedar Beach, Town of Brookhaven, Mount Sinai
  • West Meadow Beach, Town of Brookhaven, Stony Brook
  • Mascot Dock, Patchogue Village
  • Corey Beach Town of Brookhaven, Blue Point
  • Captree State Park, Babylon
  • Robert Moses State Park, Babylon

Freshwater field trip sites in Nassau County include but are not limited to:

  • Brady Park, Massapequa
  • MacDonald Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park, Hempstead

Saltwater field trip sites in Nassau County include but are not limited to:

  • Jones Beach Field 10 Fishing Piers, Wantagh
  • Oyster Bay Western Waterfront DEC Access Site, Oyster Bay

Additional Programs

I FISH NY-LI has partnered with Nassau and Western Suffolk BOCES to provide additional education to existing party boat fishing programs. Specified on-board activities are offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis, and may be combined with in-class programs. Please contact your local BOCES for more information.


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