Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Expedition New England is calling on kids

Kids and Long Island Sound, a great combination, naturalists say

Expedition New England will hold a program intended to draw young aspiring naturalists from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Hammonasset Beach State Park Nature Center in Madison.
The program, by naturalist Scott Tucker and his daughter, Daphne, will include a sneak peak of "Listening to the Sound" a special episode of the "Expedition New England" program created by the father-daughter team. Expedition New England is a show Tucker created several years ago to focus attention on the natural wonder of the local world and beyond. It is in part funded by the Long Island Sound License Plate Fund, and therefore Tucker makes presentations at elementary schools and other venues across the state.
Currently, Tucker and Daphne are trying to inspire children to join "100 Expedition New England Jr. Oceanographers," and they will talk a bout this at the Hammonasset event. To be selected for the oceanography program, students in third and fourth grades must send Daphne an email or write her a short essay about what they would do to protect the Sound. Winners will be selected in late November and will receive a kit that includes a copy of "Listening to the Sound" DVD produced by Daphne, a digital temp gauge, a compass, a tide chart and basic directions for tests on the water. Ten winners will be selected to do a Seal Tour with Project Oceanology in February and the top three Jr. Oceanographers will get a chance to be on "Expedition New England" and talk about their ideas to save the Sound. Essays can be sent to:

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