Longwood Middle School

- On December 4, 2006, the BNL club met again. This time the students tested the quality of water taken from Upper Yaphank Lake from water samples that Mrs. Lackner provided the club. The test the students performed was a pH test using a LaMotte-Luminology kit. The students found that the water from the lake had a pH of 6.5-7. The students and teachers thought that the results provided another testimony to the quality of the water and another reason for sucn an abundance of life found the week before in the water.


- On Monday, November 27, the BNL OSSP club met again. Mrs. Lackner brought a bucket of lake water taken from the same area as the previous week's field trip. The students took samples of the water from the lake and observed them using microscopes. To the delight of teachers and students, many invertebrates were found to be alive and frisky. This was a testimony to the condition of the water in Upper Yaphank Lake.

The invertebrates that were observed using the microscopes were as follows:

  • nematode
  • dragon fly nymph
  • seed shrimp
  • damsal fly nymph
  • mosquito larva
  • water mite
  • water boatman
  • nobsonfly larva
  • whirligig beetle


- Longwood Middle School's Open Space Stewardship Club, directed by Martha Lackner and Bob Andrejkovics, took their first field trip on November 20, 2006. Their destination was Upper Yaphank Lake Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Yaphank Middle Island Road in Yaphank.

Once the club arrived at the lake, the students unloaded their equipment, consisting of digital thermometers, GPS units, compasses, and a clipboard to record their data. Mrs. Lackner and Mr. Andrejkovics discussed the goals of the club's fieldwork to analyze the condition of the water and soil conditions around the park.

The students began by getting GPS readings to accurately locate their field study and record their location. Then they recorded the weather conditions by using their observations and other senses. After that was completed, the students proceeded down to the water's edge to further investigate the environment. Mr. Andrejkovics put on his hi-boots to get watr samples. Some students took the temperature readings of the water samples and the soil on the beach area. More data was recorded concerning the environment that surrounded the lake's banks. Students recorded their observations using their field trip guide booklets.

After their 40 minutes of work, the club members boarded the bus to return to the Middle School.

The trip was very enjoyable to all the students. They are looking forward to their next field experience.