Science Saturdays

WHAT ARE SCIENCE SATURDAYS?

Science Saturday at the LBIF tackles today’s most pressing scientific, environmental, and sustainability issues that directly affect our shore community and the Barnegat Bay. Science Saturdays are interactive and informative hands-on presentations in an informal atmosphere.

Saturdays, January 25th – April 25th

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Fee: $5, Free to LBIF Members!


Science Saturday in the News

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent NJTV NEWS | February 12, 2019, 4PM EST


2020 Science Saturday schedule of topics:

JANUARY 25: WEATHER AND WHAT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Rick Bushnell, ReClam the Bay & Jennifer Haines, Central Regional High School and Student Body
Two part session! Session 1: In honor of our next gallery show, WEATHER, Rick Bushnell, will be discussing how to determine upcoming weather patterns from how high it will flood to how long it will last. Session 2: Jennifer Haines, Central Regional High School Teacher, will be sharing what our youth is being taught in school. Students will be presenting projects based on anthropogenic causes to Barnegat Bay’s decline.

FEBRUARY 1:  COMMERCIAL FISHING AND COOKING FRESH SEAFOOD
Karter Larson, Viking Village
Did you know that Viking Village in Barnegat Light is one of the East Coast’s most productive commercial fishing seaports? Karter Larson will tell many entertaining tales while you learn how your favorite fish is harvested in the Atlantic Ocean. A chef will teach you how to prepare the fresh seafood you buy or catch with hands-on cooking demonstrations and delicious samples to enjoy. Join us for this bay to table conversation!

FEBRUARY 8: SAILING TO ANTARCTICA ON A HISTORIC TALL SHIP
Mike Kramer, Geology MBA – Columbia University & Volunteer Lecturer for NYC Downtown Public Middle Schools
We set sail into Antarctica through this documentary & presentation on the Bark Europa, a 180-foot steel-hull tall ship built in 1911. Mike Kramer will guide us through his three week journey in some of the roughest ocean in the world. Through tight passages and protected waters, we’ll learn about wildlife, international research stations, historic whaling stations, and the impact of Man Made Climate Change on Antarctica.

FEBRUARY 15: LOVE OF THE PINE BARRENS
Albert Horner, Nature Photographer
Albert D. Horner is an award-winning fine-art photographer whose images distill the quiet beauty and intimate landscapes of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. Guided by images of the Pinelands, together we’ll explore what makes this land so unique and its importance to NJ and the world. 

FEBRUARY 22: BLUE CRABS RESPONSE
Paul Jivoff, Professor of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences, Rider University
Blue crabs in hot water?….not anymore.  Come learn about the impacts of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station shutdown on blue crabs in Barnegat Bay.

FEBRUARY 29: CLIMATE CHANGE – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Ben Cilley, Teacher & LBIF Marine Bio Instructor
While the Earth’s climate has changed in the past, the changes we are experiencing today are fundamentally different than any we have ever seen. You will learn about the carbon cycle, the greenhouse effect, ocean acidification, and other processes that drive climate change.  Whether you consider yourself a climate change believer or a skeptic, you will be surprised by the reality of the situation we find ourselves in today. Find out what we must do to prevent runaway climate change in the future and why it is such an important issue.

MARCH 7: THE GROWTH OF SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE
Matt Gregg, Forty North Oysters and Theo Gerike, Seven Bridges Oysters
The Barnegat Bay’s Oyster Industry has grown exponentially in the last decade. Come learn about the past, the present and most importantly, the future! We’ll delve into local initiatives, policy evolution and the role that the mighty oyster plays in the economy.

MARCH 14: CONSERVATION ACTION EDUCATION
Kaitlin Gannon, Education Coordinator, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Education is a big first step towards environmental conservation, stewardship, and sustainability. Learn about behavior changes and collective actions we can take to make an impact environmentally and socially. Find out what projects The Jacques Cousteau NERR and other National Estuarine Research Reserves are doing to help community members become more involved in solving local environmental issues.

MARCH 21: IDENTIFYING SHOREBIRDS
Greg Prelich, Southern Ocean Birding Group Member & Retired Professor of Genetics
Shorebirds constitute the largest group of birds in New Jersey, with 37 species seen annually, and another 17 rarities that have visited the state over the years. Our feathered friends can be a challenge to identify. Come learn about the many species of shorebirds that we see in NJ and discuss ways to better classify them in the field.

MARCH 28: INVASION OF THE TREE SNATCHERS
Richard Buckley, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory of Rutgers NJAES + The LBI Garden Club
The Global economy provides us with goods from all over the world. Unfortunately, the influx of shipping containers into our ports brought us some unwanted visitors. In recent years, New Jersey has been subject to invasion by two of these imported tree pests, the Emerald Ash Borer and the Spotted Lanternfly. Learn the biology of these insects, what might happen to your trees when they arrive and all relevant information regarding management and control.

APRIL 4: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON NATURE CONNECTION
Rich Collins, Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide
Spending quality time in nature is under pressure from our modern, fast-paced lifestyle.  Faced with an overworked and highly stressed population, the Japanese government studied possible courses of action, and came up with ‘Forest Bathing’, a practice whereby people reconnect with nature through the senses.  Based on a growing body of scientific evidence, the practice of Nature & Forest Therapy has become a global trend. New Perspectives: Nature & Forest Therapy looks at the many studies of its benefits and walks through what takes place on a guided walk.

***** NO LECTURE ON APRIL 11 – LBIF CLOSED *****

APRIL 18: MORE TURTLES IN BARNEGAT BAY
Project Terrapin Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science
Two part session! Session 1
| Family Program, 10am-11am: Learn about the turtles of Long Beach Island and ways that we can help them. Bring your family to meet and interact with some of our local turtle species up close and personal.
Session 2 | Adult Science Saturday, 11am-12:30pm: Join MATES as they focus on their continued efforts to understand the culture, history and perception of catching blue crabs at Barnegat Bay, NJ. Be a part of this Crabbing Responsibly at Barnegat Bay (CRABB) program.

APRIL 25 – EARTH DAY NATIVE PLANT SALE & WORKSHOP
Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District 

Come to the LBIF to shop native plant species! This hands-on workshop will tell you how, when, where and what to plant at your home. Becky Laboy will explain the benefits of using native plants in your garden. Our plant sale will begin after our lecture from 12:30-2pm (while supplies last).

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