2019 Summer Classes

July 10 - Sign Language for Hearing Children


Presented by the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, sign language is a terrific way for all kids to learn American Sign Language and have fun doing it! This class is dedicated to teaching sign language to children with or without previous experience.


Deaconess Phyllis Yee serves on the staff of Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, a part of Mill Neck Family of Organizations in Mill Neck, NY. Her first career was a NYS Teacher for Elementary Education – Grades 1–6. Deaconess Phyllis graduated in December 2017 from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., where she received a M.A. degree in Deaconess Studies. 



July 17 - Magic with Allan Zola Kronzek



Master magician Allan Zola Kronzek conducted a fun-filled introduction to magic.  Children learned many fundamental principles of magic, and leftwith the ability to astound family and friends with nothing more than a deck of cards. 


 Allan Zola Kronzek is a writer, educator, and sleight-of hand artist.  He is the author of six magic-centric books, including the NY Times bestseller The Sorcerer’s Companion – A Guide to the Magical World and most recently of Grandpa Magic, a treasury of tricks, stunts, puzzles and brainteasers, designed to make grandpa the coolest guy on the block.

Class sponsored by  BURTON'S BOOKS


July 24 - Build a Bristle Bot



Participants in this class spent a fantastic hour building, designing, testing and fine tuning their very own Bristle Bots. Of course, they were thrilled to take them home as a so!


Located in Port Jefferson, The Long Island Explorium's vision is to be a leader in STEM discovery, learning and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values and principles of future generations


July 31 - Greenport Power Plant Tour


How do your lights, TV's, and refrigerator get power to do their jobs?  Doug Jacobs led the class and a number of adults on a one hour private tour and  demystified the workings of the Greenport power plant.


August 7 - Row, Row, Row, Your Own Boat

A favorite class in the PDLEP curriculum, Captain Pat Mundus instructed a group of enthusiastic children in the techniques needed to safely row a boat.

 Raised in Montauk, Captain Pat Mundus spent much of her childhood afloat.In 1981 she graduated from SUNY Maritime College-Fort Schuyler.

Cap't Pat spent 17 years as an Exxon oil tanker deck officer, running ships in North America and the Middle East. Retired in 1997, she spent a decade restoring her ketch, Surprise, now part of a charter fleet she operates from Greenport. She was honored as the grand marshal of Greenport’s 2015 Maritime Festival.

Class sponsored by  SEATOW


August 14 - Southold Police Kids' FunFest


Chief Martin Flatley and the Southold Town Police, in conjunction with the PDLEP and supported by the Village of Greenport, brought a day to celebrate and enjoy all they have to offer. Over 300 children and adults experienced the K-9 Corps, Marine, and Detective Units, stepped  inside the Mobile Command Center, tried on police issue clothing, and took pictures with their favorite officers. 

The Southold Town Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services for the 60 square miles of land and adjoining coastline within the Town of Southold. The Southold Town Police Department takes pride in its role as a citizen of the community partnering with town government to ensure the delivery of quality law enforcement services.


August 21 - Sensational Sharks


A hands-on investigation into the ocean's most feared, yet misunderstood predator - sharks! We dove into an in-depth discussion of the anatomy and biology of all things chondricthyes! Then explored various shark artifacts like shark skin, teeth, jaws and more while learning about conservation efforts to save these top oceanic predators.

Located at Cedar Beach in Southold, at the end of Main Bayview Rd, the  Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center (SCMELC) offers educational programs for youth and adults and houses some of the main program areas for the CCE Marine Program. Our goal is to reach as many Suffolk County residents as possible with educational programs of all types, offering unique opportunities to learn about our vital marine environment. 


August 28 - Ride the Glory and Mysteries of the Water


 Our adventure focused on plankton, the base of the local marine food web. The children joined Captain Dave on the Glory and ventured out into the bay to conduct a plankton tow. Once returned to the dock, everyone's favorite science teacher, Mr. Bob Jester, helped the children observe and attempt to identify the plankton that was collected. They came to understand why if the plankton disappears the food webs will collapse !   


An educator, navigator, author and owner of the solar powered “Glory”,
Captain Dave Berson is a Master Mariner. Dave can be found every Saturday morning teaching a group of local children everything nautical in the
Little Red Schoolhouse in Greenport Village. 


The extraordinary thing about this extraordinary man, is that he is so modest. Although retired ,

 native Greenporter, Bob Jester,
is still a most acclaimed and beloved science teacher.

He recently headed the committee and was instrumental in developing the children’s room, Captain Bob’s Quarterdeck, that was,
in part, sponsored by the




July 11 - Journalism with Jessinta Smith

Jessinta Smith worked with the class teaching them the principles of creative and accurate journalism. By the end of the session, all were ready to receive their well earned Pulitzer Prize!

July 18 - Birds of Prey with Jim MacDougall

Raptures, owls and eagles are birds of prey, meaning they don't just eat berries and worms. But sometimes even those tough guys get hurt. We were visited by several of these injured birds that had been nursed back to health at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jim MacDougall lead the class and showed us the cutest little owl in the world.

July 25 –Organic Gardening @ KK’s Farm

The Farm is all organic and uses biodynamic methods of growing healthy foods --for you and for our earth.  We made compost, planted seeds, and took home our very own potted pumpkin plant.

August 1 – Become a Detective with Chief Martin Flatley

Chief Martin Flatley, of the Southold Police Department, and a team of terrific police officers showed us the workings of police cars and the mobile command vehicle, we were fingerprinted, tried on flax jackets and watched Hudzon, the K-9, follow complex commands.  A really great day !


August 8 – The Wilderness Traveling Museum with Tepee Ted

Tepee Ted led the class into the facinating daily life of North Fork Algonquians; how they used wild deer for everything from food to clothing. We handled real deer bone tools and animal pelts; made our own wampum necklaces using glass beads and shells, and played pick-up-sticks with animal bones.

August 15 - Mash Up: Genealogy, Genetics and Geography

Historian Amy Folk, explained how we can trace our families backwards into time . We made family trees and asked a lot of questions. 

August 22 – Matter Matters with Mad Science

 This was a class that made science exciting. We investigated the ingredients of the universe and built models of molecules.  We learned the difference between chemical and physical changes and turned nickel into gold!  And then...we make  our own orange gooey slime!

August 29 - Making Waves with Scotty Hart WLNG Radio

Scotty Hart of WLNG, explained why radio is alive and well, how it works and demonstrated with real electronic equipment. We talked on the radio we built in class and some of our parents heard us over the airwaves!