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Elwood Seventh Graders Explore Sunken Meadow Marsh Via Connect Kids Grant

Photos courtesy of Elwood School District

Seventh graders at Elwood Middle School recently participated in a marsh walk at Sunken Meadow State Park, funded by a Connect-Kids-to-Parks field trip grant. The Connect Kids program is designed to connect students in New York State with nature and history

As the students explored the marsh, they gained a better understanding of this fascinating Long Island ecosystem. Students examined invasive species such as the tree of heaven, Asian shore crab and green crab, and using binoculars, excitedly identified shore birds at the marsh such as dabblers, raptors and wading birds, as well as other wildlife. The seventh graders also observed the different plants that live at the marsh, and discussed the plants’ adaptations to survive the marsh environment.

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