On Saturday, May 14th 2016 we proudly held our 2nd annual Back to the Bays 5K at Cedar Beach in Southold. At 9am, runners took off at Cedar Beach County Park and headed around the beautiful Bayview area of Southold, ending back at Cedar Beach where it began. Results and awards can be found HERE.
Following the race, participants and members of the general public were invited to explore the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center for an Open House and Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm. Activities included tours of the Shellfish Hatcheries and Touch Tank Room, Coastal Plant Greenhouse and Water Quality Lab. CCE’s researchers and educators were on hand to answer questions about their research and restoration projects including the Bay Scallop Restoration Project, Fisheries Program, and Habitat Restoration Program. Sneak-peaks of upcoming Youth Education programming including Art + Science Integration and Summer Camp Programs were given, which included free crafts for kids. Local artist Cindy Pease Roe demonstrated her “Upsculpt” Project that gets people involved with using marine debris to create and sculpt beautiful works of art. Throughout it all, WEHM had a live broadcast right outside by the Welcome Tent!
Proceeds will directly support the marine and coastal habitat restoration, shellfish enhancement, and youth education programming carried out by CCE’s Back to the Bays Initiative.