NESS’s AmeriCorps members work in the New London Public School District, including at the STEM and Technology Magnet High School. During the 2018-2019 school year, our second-year member, Haley, worked within the high school to provide tutoring, mentoring, and support for students and teachers. Throughout the day, she provides help to students in the classroom and assists with a variety of after-school programs!
NESS’s High School After School Program
Haley decided to make NESS programs accessible for high schoolers and created the NESS Marine Science and Kayaking Clubs. On Mondays and Thursdays, students from the high school came to NESS’s after school program for outdoor recreation. These activities include on the water programming, hands-on environmental science, and trips to local nature sites. The students learned to sail at City Pier and Greens Harbor aboard our Sonars and smaller sailboats. At Ocean Beach, the students tide pooled to collect and learn about local species and kayak.
They were also a part of a very exciting study for Save the Sound, collecting data on alewife populations in the cove. The project focused on learning about the alewife in Alewife Cove comparing numbers of fish before and after the dam removal.
What Will They Learn?
Haley took environmental education to local sites to increase students’ stewardship and sense of community. The club took trips to St. Mary’s/Cedar Grove Cemeteries, the Conn College Arboretum, NESS’s Stonington site, and Harkness Park. During these visits, the students will learn about the ecosystems and how they affect the geography and local species found in southeastern Connecticut. Haley has an extensive knowledge of entomology and lichen, which she is excited to share with her students!
Thanks, Haley and the AmeriCorps team for making these programs for our students possible! Working with all the grades in the school district allows us to create a strong partnership and relationship with the students in the community. We work to expose students to STEM principles and careers to encourage the world’s future scientists, and increase academic engagement. From our youngest students at NYLA to our oldest students at the high school, members work to instill a sense of community, stewardship, and the opportunity for personal development through on and off the water experiential learning experiences.