Museum explores man-whale relations

The Island Now

The Whaling Museum & Education Center will host a lecture by Board Member Pat Aiken for an exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between humans and whales on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. Get a better understanding of current challenges as well as today’s conservation efforts. In her lecture, Aiken will talk about solutions to the current challenges whales face, such as plastics pollution, ocean acidification and whale strikes by boats.  A wine and cheese reception with a Q&A will immediately follow. 

Aiken has extensive experience in watershed management and environmental planning.  She has participated in multiple community planning sessions for the development of watershed management plans, blueway trails and downtown development in the Town of Oyster Bay.  

Aiken worked with the US EPA to develop and implement a Quality Assurance Project Plan for water quality monitoring in the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed.  This program was recognized with a Region 2 Environmental Quality Award by the EPA.  

Aiken has aslo served as a media spokesperson, which included writing press releases, providing website content and electronic newsletters.  In her personal life, she is an avid birder and enjoys being outdoors, whenever she can, and enjoys quilting when she has to be indoors.  Aiken lives in Syosset with her husband Peter, and is the mother of two adult sons.

The event is free with paid admission.  Members free. RSVP (631) 367-3418 ext. 10. 

The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor offers a variety of activities for adults, children and families. The Museum is located at 301 Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor, NY and is open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.  Special events and programs are listed below:

 Monday Minnows

The Whaling Museum &Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

March 24

1:30 p.m.

$10 adult/tot pair; FREE for family level members

Ages: 2 1/2-5 yrs. old

Enjoy open playtime, storytime, and fun crafts about the ocean and nature. RSVP online at 

Thar She Blows! Family Day

The Whaling Museum & Education Center 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Sunday, March 30, 12 to 3 p.m.

Free with paid admission; Family-level members $4 per child.  Face-painting & Scrimshaw $1 each.

All ages.

Join us in our annual festivites celebrating Ocean Week! Celebrate the arts of the sea, hear live sea shanties, touch select artifacts and enjoy face-painting.

For more details regarding appropriate ages and pricing, visit our website at or contact Trish Rongo at (631) 367-3418 ext. 12. 


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