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Letter to the Editor

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FishHatcheryDear Editor:

If you live on Long Island, it stands to reason you love the water.  Long Island’s coastal resources, inland ponds, rivers, and lakes offer an abundant opportunity for family fun and adventure, be it boating, fishing, wading and swimming.  How much more fun can be had when we know the animals and aquatic plants that share the waters with us? Our connection to nature grows deeper and stronger when we can point to a turtle basking on a log at the side of a river and identify it as a snapping turtle, or catch sight of a fish hovering over its nest in a pond and know it’s a sunfish.  We become more than mere sightseers and begin to care about the preservation of our natural resources.

For kids enrolled in the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium’s environmental summer camp, the season not only means warm weather fun, but also a learning experience synonymous with meaningful adventure. Unique to this particular summer camp is that it takes place at a working trout hatchery that has been producing trout for more than 125 years.  Situated in a small valley bordered by the waters of Cold Spring Harbor to its north and St. John’s Pond to its south, the Hatchery camp programs offers kids in grades kindergarten through 12th ample opportunity to explore the surrounding aquatic and woodland environment.

In addition to its summer camp, the Hatchery offers Discovery Days and Special Event Days so that day trippers have opportunities for activities to further enhance their appreciation for the natural world.

The Hatchery is a private non-profit educational institution where visitors can tour two aquarium buildings housing many species of freshwater fish, aquatic reptiles, and amphibians (all native to New York).  There are six outdoor ponds where brook and rainbow trout are raised, and the Hatchery also maintains a warm water fish pond and a turtle pond.  The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is open year round, seven days a week, from 10:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday (now through August it’s open until 6: 00 pm). Information pertaining to the Hatchery’s Camp, Discovery Days, and special events can be found at or by calling 516-692-6768.


Diane Lundegaard
Environmental Educator, Public Relations ContactPond Life Camp


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