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A Student's Guide to the Phytoplankton of Long Island Sound

Peg Van Patten, Judy Yaqin Li and Gary H. Wikfors.
A digital guide to the microscopic world of phytoplankton, which make possible all of the creatures in Long Island Sound. A wonderful aid for high school or freshman college biology classes. Funded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study. 60 pages, illlustrated. Free download. Click here.

Long Island Sound Curricular Resource Guide

cover of curriculumFunded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study and edited by Diana Payne, the 148-page guide is a resource for educators teaching about Long Island Sound. The Guide is divided into five sections: 1) background information about Long Island Sound (LIS), 2) LIS activities, 3) LIS lesson plans, 4) science lessons at a LIS field site, and 5) resources. The lesson plans and field site section were written by CT Sea Grant LIS Mentor Teachers – K-12 teachers who currently utilize LIS as a teaching tool in their curriculum. All lessons are aligned to the CT Science Frameworks, the NY Science Standards, the National Science Education Standards, and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. To obtain a print copy, please email Office Manager. Copies of  the Guide are free, but you must pay shipping charges unless you pick up the Guide at the Connecticut Sea Grant office.

Download free PDF copy here in 5 parts:

Part 1 pages 1-16

Part 2 pages 17-31
Long Island Sound Activities

Part 3 pages 32-73
Lesson Plans
Part 4 pages 74-122
Science Lessons at a LIS Field Site
Part 5 pages 123-150
Long Island Sound Educational Resources CD-Rom

LIS CD coverThis CD is intended for K-12 teachers and educators only. It contains several educational resources for the classroom: a Long Island Sound Image Library, Living Treasures of Long Island Sound, and Sound Facts: fun facts about Long Island Sound. Free to teachers but shipping charges apply. Contact Office Manager or download order form.

This project was funded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study.

Connecticut River Tidal Marshes CD-Rom

LIS CD coverThis CD is intended for K-12 teachers and educators only. It contains a colorful and informative Power Point presentation about the natural resources of the lower Connecticut River. The area was designated a wetland of international importance under the RAMSAR convention. Contact Office Manager or download order form.

Salt Marsh Plants of Long Island Sound

R. Scott Warren, Juliana Barrett, and Margaret Van Pattensaltmarsh guide cover

This 38-page guide provides an overview of salt marsh habitats in the Long Island Sound region, and includes 23 individual plant descriptions with color photos and line drawings. It has a centerfold depicting marsh habitats and the location of salt marsh plants within the marsh. Single copies are FREE to K-12 educators (write on letterhead); please include $2.00 postage per copy. for others, $5.00 per copy plus postage. Please make checks payable to Connecticut Sea Grant. Call 860-405-9128 for bulk orders, and we will estimate shipping charge.

Publication Number CTSG-09-14 and Arboretum Bulletin 40. Contact Office Manager or download order form.

Sound Facts: Fun Facts about Long Island Sound Second Edition

M. Van Patten, M. Moore and E. O’Muin Sound Facts cover

A fun and colorful, 80-page booklet about our favorite estuary – its biology, geology, chemical and physical parameters, and environmental concerns. This booklet is a compilation of features developed as a collaboration between Connecticut Sea Grant and The Day newspaper. Perfect for the classroom. Reissued in 2009, it contains some new info-graphics such as moon jellies, starfish, and nitrogen in the Sound. 80 pp. $5.00 per copy plus $2.00 postage/shipping for single copies. Please contact us for bulk shipping cost.

Publication Number CTSG-09-17
Contact Office Manager or download order form.

Seaweeds of Long Island Sound- New Second Edition

Peg Van Patten
104 page, 4-color, lavishly illlustrated guide to the seaweeds of Long Island Sound. Topics include species identification and when, where, and how to collect and preserve specimens. Many habitat views and microscopic images are included with pages for individual species. 162 photographs. Funded by an education grant from U.S. EPA.

Publication Number CTSG-09-16
Single copies free to K-12 teachers (please request on school letterhead), others $5.00 plus $2.00 postage for single copies. Contact Office Manager for info on bulk order postage.
Now in Stock - new Second Edition

Living Treasures of Long Island Sound

Lisa Wahle and Nancy Balcom
Connecticut Sea Grant has revised its old favorite, "Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound.” " Living Treasures” has more beautiful line drawings and updated expanded text. Reading level: middle school. Also in Spanish translation: Tesoros Vivientes. Single copies are FREE! Shipping charges apply for bulk orders.

Long Island Sound in a Jar

Heather Crawford
96-page illustrated compendium of fun, educational hands-on activities for youth, demonstrating the impacts of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Perfect for youth camp leaders, environmental groups, teachers, and families. Ages 9-14.

Publication Number CTSG-99-01
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A Guide to the Larval and Juvenile Stages of Common Long Island Sound Ascidians and Bryozoans

Stephan G. Bullard and Robert B. Whitlatch
What is that thing? This beautifully illustrated guide will help you identify the early life stages of both ascidians and bryozoans in Long Island Sound. Splash-resistant laminated pages with coil binding make it perfect for use in the field, in laboratories, or in the classroom. Includes keys, line drawings, and color plates. Appropriate for college level students and above. 39 pp. NEW! Now available in free PDF. Download here (3MB).

Publication Number CTSG-04-07$15.00 plus $2.00 postage per copy or download free e-copy.