High School Programs

High School programs run throughout the year with the majority of research taking place during the summer months, while the school year months are generally used for data analysis and presentation preparation for the annual State of the Harbor.

DUE TO CONTINUING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, we have strict limits on our capacity to engage students in our programs this summer. Our respect for COVID-19 precautions and protocols has forced us to prioritize research projects for which we have some financial support.

However, our passion to engage students- even within this limited context- exceeds our available resources. More than ever, we need everyone’s financial support to continue immersing students in authentic research that addresses the environmental concerns of all who value the fragile green infrastructure of our blue planet. 

Summer 2020 programs

Bacteria Monitoring: Our bacteria monitoring program engages students throughout the South Shore. We are working with high school and college students from Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, and Weymouth to conduct a comprehensive analysis of enterococci and e.coli bacteria in water bodies from the Weymouth Back River to Musquashicut Pond in Scituate. This project is partially supported with funding from the MA Dept of Environmental Protection and the town of Cohasset. Contact Jack Buckley (jbuckley@ccscr.org) for information about this project. 

Eelgrass and Ecosystem Research: We continue our eelgrass research this summer, but with limited capacity. We are supporting student-authored grant applications to the Marjot Foundation; we’re also collaborating with the Scituate Education Foundation to continue our documentation of the diverse ecosystems of the Bassings Beach Tidal Flats, an area characterized by eel grass beds, shellfish communities, marshes, and dune grasses, to name a few. This initiative is partially supported by the Marjot Foundation and the Scituate Educatou Foundation. Contact Susan Bryant (sbryant@ccscr.org) for information about this project. 

Watershed (Water Quality Monitoring): Our water quality work this summer will once again focus on the Gulf River and the influences of tributaries that cross, connect, and unite the towns of Cohasset and Scituate in their concern to promote and protect the ecological integrity of the Gulf River system. We continue to investigate sources of pollution by measuring nitrates, phosphates, bacteria, pH, chlorophyll-a, and optical brighteners (detergent), among others. This project is once again led by Dr. Ann Thomae, CSCR’s chief scientific officer and recently retired chair of the Cohasset Science Dept. Contact Jack, however, if you need information about this project; he will put you in touch with Dr. Thomae.

Independent Research: We are striving to integrate several other projects where we can. Given our passionate commitment to students and research, and given an equally determined commitment to strictly adhere to, respect, and enforce COVID-19 public health guidelines, we strive to integrate into our work this summer, the following topics that one might place in the independent research basket: GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training, Marine Debris analysis, Surface Current Tracking (Drifters), and Eco-Expeditions. These are initiatives essentially reserved for our most senior (2-3 years experience with CSCR) students to whom we feel obliged to serve and support. We regret that COVID-19 restrictions limit our ability to serve all who express interest. 

Schedule: COVID-19 requires all of us, as we know, to adapt to schedule changes. Our schedule, therefore, continues to evolve. However, we have locked in the projects above to the following pattern.

Early Morning: 7:00 – 10:30  BACTERIA MONITORING (Buckley)

Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:30  WATERSHED WATER QUALITY (Thomae)

Fluid (dependent on time of low tide): EEL GRASS and ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH