Full Course Description

In this course, students age 16 and older will have the opportunity to give back to the community by working with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need of affordable housing. Students will learn about sustainable building practices and living. Students will also work with educators involved with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program of Suffolk County. Learning experiences will include exploring shellfish aquaculture and building equipment projects for the hatchery system. They will learn about current marine conservation issues and analyze the water quality of different bodies of water in the area. Field trips will include hiking among the dunes of Napeague and Amagansett. Students will also walk and hike through important groundwater recharge areas and learn about the important role clean water has in both saltwater and freshwater environments. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to marine debris, water pollution, and human impacts on the environment. Community service hours will be earned for this venture.