On Saturday I went out to Coney Island to a professional development workshop at the New York Aquarium. I biked out, which I have done before, but was much easier this time around (having a better sense of Brooklyn from biking to Brooklyn Boulders, cat sitting in Flatbush, to visiting friends in Park Slope certainly helped). After Prospect Park, it's a straight shot down Ocean Parkway, through the Hasidic neighborhoods of Midwood and Gravesend to Coney Island. Being a Saturday morning around 7am, the bike path was packed with families on their way to Temple, decked out in Jewish regalia. I refrained from snapping a pic of a 70 year old man with a cane, in a suit, yarmulke, and tallit, attempting to hop a fence from the street to the bike path and using both hands to lift his second leg over the fence. Though he was struggling, he looked like he had done it before, so I did not stop to see if he needed help.
|And you thought Avenue D was out of the way...|
|8:00 am. Who knew Coney Island was beautiful?|
|Ice breaker activity on the beach- graphing w/ people as the data.|
Will definitely use this w/ my class.
|Navy + bright green + seahorses = put it on a wrap dress, DVF|
After lunch, we got a behind the scenes tour of the Coral nursery and Sea Jelly labs. I can't remember the last time I was in a science lab. It was cool to see science going on in real life. I often wonder where science happens, like when you say you want to "grow up and be a scientist." Where does that happen and what it looks like? I guess on CSI in the forensics labs. And if you work for Pfizer, but who wants to do that?
|Coral nursery. The center/biggest ones have taken 3 months to|
grow from a 1" cutting
|Jellies have to live in a round tank or they will get stuck in the|
corners and die. Stupid Jellies. Get a brain. These are Japanese Jellies
We rounded out the day by writing poems, doing crafts and watching some videos about anemone. I was surprisingly exhausted and super cranky coming home in the cold. Biking in traffic wasn't helping the frustration level. I collided with the Prospect Park Farmer's Market and took a time out for a cookie and apple cider. 10 minutes of people watching and a little snack and I was back to feeling like a happy person again!
Love watching jellyfish: