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HSW Marine Biology Students Canoe Nissequogue River

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Students embarked on the Nissequogue River from Paul T. Given Park on Wednesday morning.

Smithtown High School West students got an up-close look at their environment from a local perspective.

Marine science teacher Kimberly Williams led her class on a canoe trip on the Nissequogue River after launching from Paul T. Given County Park on Wednesday morning.

The students first donned blue life vests emblazoned with “Smithtown Schools” and received a tutorial on how to maneuver through their paddling and safety details.

Largely in pairs, they then embarked to learn how a tidal river works, spot local wildlife including turtles and conduct water sampling, with the aim of studying the salination of the river, particularly as they headed north toward the Long Island Sound.