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Nikon Donates Cameras to CSH Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Program

Turtles basking in the sun at the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor. Photo by Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, CSHFHA.

For kids enrolled in the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium’s Nature Photography Program there’s more great news.  Not only will Michael Fairchild, the well-known nature photographer be teaching the class for campers grade 2 and up, but they will also be using cameras supplied by a generous donation from Nikon.

Nature Photography, a two-hour program, takes place on July 12 and again on July 16.   Photographic subject matter at the Hatchery ranges from aquarium tank dwellers to trout and turtles swimming and basking outdoors, and also includes aquatic plants, such as water lilies and duckweed floating on ponds; as well as herons and seagulls stalking the grounds.

“A chance to study nature photography with Michael, while using a state-of-the-art Nikon digital camera, is one of those educational opportunities that distinguish the Hatchery as an environmental education center,” said Steven DeSimone, Hatchery director.  “We are fortunate and grateful to both Nikon and Michael for teaming up with us to help prepare the next generation of environmental advocates.”

For further information regarding Nature Photography, and other courses offered during the Hatchery’s Summer Enrichment Program, contact the Hatchery at 516-692-6768

The Hatchery, which after 99 years of operation as a State facility, opened as a private non-profit educational institution in 1982.  Its visitors can tour two aquarium buildings, which house many species of freshwater fish, aquatic reptiles and amphibians, all native to New York.  There are six outdoor ponds where brook and rainbow trout are raised and sold to enthusiasts who use them to stock their ponds.  In addition to the trout ponds, the Hatchery also maintains a warm water fish pond and a turtle pond.  Catch & Keep Trout Fishing is a popular addition to Hatchery activities.  The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is open year round, seven days a week, from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June, July and August, open until 6: 00 p.m.

In other Fish Hatchery News:

Any Hatchery tot can tell you that there’s an advantage to knowing that mudpuppies don’t bark, and fish don’t have noses.   After attending Pollywog Adventures, an environmental learning experience designed for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5, Hatchery kids are ready to say something meaningful about their natural world and the critters that share it with them by the very first day of kindergarten.

Pollywog Adventures offers participants an opportunity to study the watery natural world which surrounds us.  As a shared experience, children and parents enjoy the Hatchery’s exhibit animals as they learn about them through live animal shows, crafts, activities and stories.  Offered every Friday during July and August, the Hatchery’s Summer Enrichment season, the two hour program runs from 11am – 12pm.  Since space is limited, registration is required.  For fees and further information call the Hatchery at 516-692-6768, or visit the Hatchery’s website at


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