City Island Oyster Reef aims to educate the local community about oysters and their place as a keystone species within Long Island Sound’s rich biodiversity.
CIOR offers a virtual lecture series by renowned experts discussing topics such as the restoration of local marshlands, oyster reef renovations, and topics such as general wetlands ecology and marine biology.
We are utilizing our four Oyster Research Stations (ORS) as “in the field” classrooms to teach the community about oysters and other marine species in their natural habitats.
Our fundraising events are accompanied by educational presentations explaining the work of the organization, such as shell collection, water-quality monitoring, beach surveys, and reef restoration.
CIOR believes that engaging the community through educational initiatives is an important way to protect the environment into the future.