Become an oyster gardener!

  •  Adults ($500.00)
  •  Students ($350.00)
    •  Students must show proof of what school they attend 
  •  Teachers ($350.00)  
    • Teachers must show proof of the school they work at 


Registration Fee due April 1, 2017

The Great South Bay Oyster Gardening Program 

The Program

  • Attend four seminars

              Seminar 1: The History of Aquaculture in The Great South Bay

                          Thursday June 1, 2017 at 6-8pm 

              Seminar 2: The Hatchery Culture of Blue Point Oysters
                          Thursday June 8, 2017 at 6-8pm
              Seminar 3: The Nursery Phase of Blue Point Oysters
                          Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6-8pm  
              Seminar 4: The Grow-out Phase of Blue Point Oysters
                          Thursday June 22, 2017 at 6-8pm 

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Field Experience

  • Field work will begin after the completion of Seminar 4: The Grow-out Phase of Blue Point Oysters
  • Each gardener will be given 1,000 juvenile oysters to raise
  • Grow-out gear will be provided to each gardener and returned to Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms LLC. when the field experience has ended


  • Experience in the field will vary depending on how often participants can voluntarily take care of their oyster garden
    • The field work will stretch from July - October
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - noon
      • Saturdays 9:00am - 11:00am

  • The oyster gardens will be moved to deeper water for winter (October - May)
  • There will be an Oyster Bash in the Spring
  • Each gardener will take home 100 Blue Point Oysters
  • Each gardener will receive a Certificate of Completion

Registration fee due April 1, 2017

Sponsor a local high school student to participate! 

The Great South Bay Oyster Gardening Program is designed to provide everyday people with the opportunity to learn and participate in shellfish aquaculture practices within the community.

Oyster gardening is the non-commercial production of cultured oysters for resource enhancement, improvement of water quality, and/or consumption. Participants will learn in a classroom setting, and then put that knowledge to work by being able to garden the world famous Blue Point Oyster.

Located on the shoreline of The Great South Bay in East Islip, NY; our private yet accessible intertidal oyster garden is the perfect place to start culturing your own oysters.