Island is an ecological preserve and sanctuary for
migratory birds. Its unique setting and remote
location allow visitors wonderful opportunities to
research and or relax surrounded by unique flora and
fauna. The island has a number of mini-habitats that
are exemplars of Long Island Sound shoreline
environments. Visitors can investigate the
intertidal zone, marsh and beach, and observe
island's dedication as a wildlife preserve in 1995,
the US Fish & Wildlife Service along with the
Connecticut State University System, and the Friends
of Outer Island have conducted research and
education programs for the public. Guided tours of
the island are especially valuable for educators who
wish to connect their teaching to the wonders of the
natural world, and the uniqueness of Long Island
work on the island is tied to understanding and
sustaining the habitats of the plants and animals
living there. Our Research and Educational Programs
are great ways to engage in learning as we work to
sustain this unique island's ecology.
Connecticut State University's Department of Science Education & Environmental Studies is a lead partner in Research and Education on Outer Island. Dr. Vincent
Breslin is the lead investigator for Coastal & Marine Studies.
Connecticut State University's Dr. Jeremiah
Jarrett is the lead investigator for Marine Biological Studies.
would happen if every elementary school child
chose a creature, whether an ant, a bee, cricket,
dragonfly, spider, water strider, snake, frog,
fly, beetle, or bat, to study and report on
repeatedly during his or her first six years of
school? The capacity for bioaffiliation in the
rising generation would be boundless." (prelude to
"The Biophilia Hypothesis" by E.O. Wilson and S.