Since its inception in 2014, the North Shore Land Alliance Long Island Water Education Program has reached over 3,200 students across Long Island.  The Program – designed and implemented by experienced, certified teachers - is a three-session series for fourth, fifth and sixth graders that addresses STEM and a sampling of Common Core/NYS Education Department standards.   Aidable through BOCES, the Long Island Water Education Program has consistently received enthusiastic feedback from teachers and students alike.

Program Overview:

The program is composed of two classroom sessions and a field trip.  In the one-hour hands-on class sessions students:

  • learn about our aquifer (where our drinking water comes from)
  • build mini models of the aquifer
  • experiment to see how recharge and contamination happen
  • study precipitation and runoff by simulating rain on permeable and impermeable surfaces
  • learn the role land conservation plays in protecting our ground and surface waters
  • the field trip, students get to appreciate open space first hand.

At our Shore Road Sanctuary groups of students rotate through stations including:

  • review of runoff concepts at stormwater outlet
  • coastal ecosystem investigation with an emphasis on mutualistic relationships
  • a pollination game at the pollinator garden where they learn about the benefits of and threats to bees and butterflies
  • grassland habitat exploration focusing on the food chain
  • poetry writing about nature


Classroom sessions: $175 each ($300 for both)
Field trip: $200

Nassau BOCES: For more information please visit their website at http:/
Western Suffolk BOCES: Educators should contact Peggy Unger at or (631) 360-3652.

For more Information:

To learn more about the North Shore Land Alliance Long Island Water Education Program, please contact Jane Jackson at 516-922-1028 or

Click here to download the North Shore Land Alliance Long Island Water Education Program Brochure


"This was wonderful! Students were engaged and acquired a great deal of information. They have been talking about it all week. Mrs. Mossey was fantastic!" Justin Kiamos

"Karen Mossey is an awesome teacher and role model. The kids were engaged the entire time! They told me they want her to come back. The program was informative and fun. Thank you for visiting our classroom. I am looking forward to next years's visit." Jane DeRosa

"The Long Island Water Education Program was an excellent addition to our curriculum. It covered many concepts that we need to know because it directly affects the environment we live in. It was a wonderful learning experience."