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Local Interest

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Route 25: Long Island's Route 66
Route 25 stretches from the very western part of Manhattan all the way to the Orient Point Ferry Terminal at the far eastern tip of Long Island's North Fork.

Along the way, this iconic thoroughfare has different names (Jamaica Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Main Street, Queens Boulevard to name a few) but one common purpose: to stitch together the communities of Long Island and to provide a direct route for commerce and town identity. If you've lived on Long Island for any period of time, you are familiar with Route 25 in one way or another.

In this fascinating program, Eco-Photo Explorers will explore the historic past of Route 25, and examine its special place in the lives of all Long Islanders through photographs and stories. Join us for a fast paced tour of our own "Route 66" and see how many iconic places along the way you recognize!


The War Years: Long Island's History In Armed Conflict
Long Island has been a prominent part of our nation’s history, from the colonial times all the way up to modern day America. Over the span of more than two centuries, The United States has fought many wars, and many people would be surprised to know that Long Island has played an important part in most of those conflicts. Learn how Long Island was home to important aspects of the Revolutionary War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they examine our nation’s wartime history, from a Long Island perspective.


Long Island's Haunted Lighthouses
Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they examine the myths, legends and spooky stories of haunting, ghosts and paranormal activity in some of our historical lighthouses. This fun-filled program will journey to several lighthouses, including the infamous Execution Rocks Lighthouse, Race Rocks Lighthouse and Fire Island Lighthouse…along with a few surprises along the way. Viewers will learn both the normal, and paranormal, history of these fascinating structures. This program is an excellent choice for Halloween!


Long Island's Ghosts and Hauntings
Long Island has a rich history of ghosts, paranormal activity and hauntings. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they continue their exploration of some of the most chilling stories from all across the island. In this program, viewers will learn about haunted cemeteries, ghosts that appear and disappear from some of the creepiest dwellings on Long Island and strange tales of unexplained paranormal activity. This program is an excellent follow-up to the "Haunted Long Island" program and is sure to be a hit around Halloween!

Wickham Farm House

Haunted Long Island
Do ghosts inhabit the supposed haunted houses of Long Island? Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they uncover the spine-tingling stories of our resident ghosts, ghoul and monsters. In this program, viewers will learn the real story behind "The Amityville Horror", and will hear about Oyster Bay’s haunted Raynam Hall. In addition, we will explore numerous other "hauntings" across Long Island, while also examining the stories behind the Montauk Monster, and the rumors of strange animal experiments at Plum Island. This is a fun filled program sure to raise more than a few goose bumps!


From Smuggler to Shipwreck: The Notorious Story of the Golden Venture
In the dark of night on June 6, 1993, a shadowy vessel emerged from the gloom and ran aground on New York's Rockaway Beach. After 114 days on the high seas, the panicked and desperate passengers began jumping into the churning seas below, and several drowned in the chaos. The full story of the Golden Venture became evident as the night turned to day.

The Golden Venture was attempting to bring several hundred illegal Chinese nationals into America. The story of this stranding became a media sensation, and it served to reveal the length and breadth of the illegal human trafficking business. In this session, learn about the Golden Venture and the criminal enterprise that fueled its journey, and discover the eventual fate of the ship and how divers can explore its remains today.


Building a Legacy: A Profile of the New York Harbor School
The Harbor School is one of 581 high schools in New York City but it is arguably one of the most distinctive. In addition to the traditional curriculum common to all schools in the city, the Harbor School offers specialized studies in various marine fields: ocean engineering, marine systems technology, vessel operations, marine biology research, aquaculture, and professional diving. Tenth grade scientific diving students learn to scuba dive, and all graduates from the school are well positioned for further education in these fields or entry-level jobs in a wide variety of capacities. It is the only public high school in the United States that offers a scientific diving program recognized by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.

Learn how this school is building a legacy by inspiring young people from the inner city to connect with the local environment through a forward looking project to repopulate the waters around New York City with native oysters, and how they are growing the divers of the future through their dedicated marine sciences curriculum. The school serves as an example of how this can be done in every community in the United States.


Pushing the Envelope: Long Island Diving Alternatives
Sure we have some good shore diving. Certainly we have some of the very best shipwreck diving in the world. But what else is there for Long Island Divers? For divers new to the sport as well as jaded veterans, there are plenty of interesting ways to keep active in the sport we love. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they examine some exciting and adventurous diving alternatives available to all of us. You may be surprised at what's possible right here in our own backyard!

Fishing Boat

Long Island Maritime History: Stories of Tragedy and Rescue
Long Island has a very rich maritime history. From the early colonial days to modern times, the shores and offshore waters of Long Island have often been the stage for fascinating drama. Tragic shipwrecks, heroic rescues, unbelievable courage and fascinating history are all part of the fabric of Long Island.

The story of the Pelican, a fishing boat lost off Montauk in 1951, will be a featured story in this program, along with other spellbinding tales of marine rescues and shipwrecks. The program will conclude with an examination of the history of the Life Saving Services here on Long Island. Join Eco-Photo Explorers for a fascinating look into the Maritime History that is Long Island.


Exploring Long Island's Shipwrecks
This informative and exciting presentation follows on the enormously popular "Long Island Shipwrecks" program by exploring a number of different shipwrecks from all eras in Long Island history. In this program, we discuss the history of shipwrecks from the Revolutionary War through modern times and show the viewer what some of these wrecks look like today underwater. A discussion that highlights some of the marine life that inhabits these artificial reefs is included.


Long Island Lighthouses
Join Eco Photo Explorers as they weave their special blend of beautiful photography and informative lecture to explore the fascinating history of some of Long Island’s most interesting lighthouses. During this program, the viewer will travel from Coney Island to Montauk, examining lighthouse architecture, their technology, and the stories that make these vital structures such an integral part of our local history.

In addition, the story behind Long Island’s Life Saving Services will also be discussed. The program concludes with a multi media presentation in celebration of the dramatic beauty of these lighthouses both here on Long Island and around the country.



Exploring the World


Puerto Galera and Verde Island: Jewels of the Philippines
The Philippines, and its 7000 islands, is the world’s second largest archipelago and is located in the heart of the coral triangle, the epicenter of biodiversity in the world’s oceans. Divers who explore the waters near Puerto Galera and Verde Island can witness the beauty of this part of the world firsthand.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they dive on vibrant reefs teeming with colorful marine life, explore picturesque shipwrecks and search for critters in the muck.


Iceland: Diving in the Land of Fire and Ice
Imagine diving in a fissure in the Earth’s crust, the separation point between two continental plates, flooded with decades old glacial melt water filtered through 50 miles of lava stone to produce the purest, clearest water on Earth. This is Silfra, one of the most awe-inspiring dives on the unique island of Iceland. Geologically active with hundreds of volcanoes, Iceland presents unique opportunities and challenges for divers.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they visit the only diveable hydrothermal vents in the world, explore rivers of hot water and photograph the colorful marine life that inhabits these mysterious waters.


Iceland: Rockin' Reykjavik
Iceland is sometimes referred to as just a rock in the North Atlantic. Because of its numerous natural wonders, amazing diving opportunities and spectacular geology, however, Iceland is becoming a very popular destination for adventure tourists from around the world.

But truthfully, Iceland is all about the rocks. In this presentation, learn how divers can explore fissures in the Earth’s crust and dive through the separation point between two continental plates. Flooded with decades old glacial melt water filtered through 50 miles of lava stone to produce the purest, clearest water on Earth, places like Silfra should be on every diver’s radar screen.

In addition, the audience will learn how to explore geothermal lakes, underwater geothermal vents and marine gardens teeming with life. On the surface, dramatic waterfalls, geysers and lava tubes make for fascinating surface intervals. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they unlock the wonders of this fascinating destination.

Pigmy Sea Horse

It Came From the Muck: Indonesia's Lembeh Straight
For some divers, travelling half-way around the world is only worth it if there are big animals, fabulous coral reefs or spectacular shipwrecks to explore. But Indonesia's Lembeh straight, between Lembeh Island and the mainland of North Sulawesi, is a world away from home and presents a completely different type of experience. Here, divers explore a sandy, silty, muck bottom to search for the tiniest of creatures. Garishly colored Nudibranchs, myriad species of shrimp, and other invertebrates unique to these waters beckon divers from all around the world to come and find what lies lurking in the muck!

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they search for Pygmy Sea Horses, Dwarf Frogfish, tiny Cuttlefish and numerous other surprises in these fascinating waters. Along the way, experience the mating of the gaudy but shy Mandarinfish and uncover the secrets of Lembeh at night. And just when you thought Lembeh was only about muck, Eco-Photo Explorers will describe coral reef and shipwreck opportunities as well. This program will also detail the travel logistics necessary to maximize your experience in Indonesia.


Maldives: Diving in the Rainbow Sea
The Maldives have long held a spot on many diver bucket lists. With picture-perfect beaches, remote island atolls and spectacular diving, the attraction is understandable. Many divers come to the Maldives looking for Liveaboard adventures. This program explores an alternative approach: luxury diving from land based resorts.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they explore the magnificent world beneath the tropical seas of the Maldives, with just a small dash of decadence thrown in!


Beneath the White Sea: Ice Diving in Russia's High Arctic
The pristine wilderness of Russia’s High Arctic presents unique and demanding challenges to SCUBA divers wishing to explore the frozen White Sea. In order to witness the silent beauty of the only inland sea to completely freeze in winter, divers must endure arduous travel logistics, harsh weather and bone-chilling cold.

But beneath the ice lies a world of sublime beauty, filled with unearthly ice formations and unique wildlife. Journey with Eco-Photo Explorers as they dog sled across the fabled Lapland region of Finland and then venture out onto the ice in Russia for a unique and spellbinding experience.

Coral Reef

Curacao, the Caribbean's Desert Island
Curacao, an arid Caribbean island located just off the northern coast of Venezuela, boasts some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Divers can explore healthy reefs teeming with marine life and iconic shipwrecks rich in history and character, and photographers will revel in the gin-clear water that washes over the drop-offs from deeper water. All this and you can still be back in time for lunch with the family! This presentation introduces you to one of the most colorful islands in the Caribbean.

Bonne Terre Mine

Bonne Terre: Deep Earth Diving
Massive underground caverns and mammoth architecture. The sunken remains of a working mineral mine, complete with equipment, rail tracks, ore carts, elevator shafts and even intact buildings. A billion gallon underground lake with crystal clear water and constant temperatures year round. And miles of underwater trails to explore.

Bonne Terre is an adventure for all divers and its right here in our own backyard. Located just 40 minutes south of St. Louis in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Bonne Terre is a unique diving experience that will capture your imagination and beckon you back for more. It is truly like a "Dive to the Center of the Earth." Join Eco-photo Explorers as they journey below ground to explore the underwater treasure that is Bonne Terre.

Lemon Shark

The Sharks of French Polynesia
The islands of French Polynesia are a tropical paradise. Spread over a section of the South Pacific Ocean larger than Europe, the many islands and atolls offer rich luxurious lagoons, beautiful coral reefs, exciting marine life encounters and heart-stopping SCUBA Diving adventures in the surrounding reefs. As beautiful as these islands are above the water, the underwater world is the hidden secret to the true beauty of these islands. And on many of these islands, sharks are the star attraction.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they dive with Grey Reef Sharks in Bora Bora, Lemon Sharks in Moorea, Blacktip Reef Sharks in Fakarava and Silvertip Sharks in Rangiroa. Learn about jaw-dropping Manta Ray encounters in Manihi and where the best place is to see Humpback Whales. Travel logistics, as well as a wealth of diving information, will be presented on this outstanding destination.


Galapagos: Darwin’s Enchanted Islands
In 1835, Charles Darwin reached the Galapagos Archipelago, a cluster of islands straddling the equator 600 miles off the west coast of South America. His five weeks on these strange volcanic islands formed the basis for his theories on the evolution of species, concepts which shook the world in controversy that continues to this day. Today, the Galapagos Islands are a mixture of Ecuadorian National Parks, scientific research stations, bustling towns and a thriving tourist industry.

Most visitors to these islands come to see the famous land tortoises, marine iguanas and equatorial penguins that are trademarks of the Galapagos. But the real treasures of these islands lie beneath the waves. Swirling in the colliding currents from the north and south are massive schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Sea Lions, Dolphins and the breathtaking Whale Shark.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they dive the world renowned Darwin and Wolf Islands and take you along on other awe-inspiring adventures both above and below the waters of these enchanted islands. Travel logistics and diving details are discussed along with descriptions of the magnificent wildlife that can be found in the Galapagos Islands.

Cage Diver

A Baker's Dozen: 13 Diving Hot Spots
All divers are asked the same question: "Where is your favorite place to dive?" If you’ve been diving for any length of time, you know this is a difficult question to answer. Why settle on one? Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they uncover the secrets of 13 of the world’s greatest diving locations. The colorful reefs of Fiji, the dramatic shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon, heart-stopping Shark Cage diving in Guadalupe Island and the frozen wilderness of Antarctica are just a few of the destinations that will be examined in this interesting and exciting program.


Yucatan: In the Shadow of the Maya
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to some of the world’s greatest diving. It is also an area steeped in fascinating history. Journey to this area and explore some of the best diving in the world, including the reefs of Mexico’s Cancun, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen. This program also takes the viewer to the offshore atolls of Belize, including Lighthouse Reef where we dive the fabled Great Blue Hole. Finally, the viewer is transported back in time to discover some of the fascinating history of the ancient Maya civilization as we tour some of the restored ruins, including Tulum, Chitzen-Iza and Altun-Ha.

Deception Island

Deception Island: Diving in a Restless Volcano
Deception Island is a volcanic island located in the South Shetland Islands off the northwest side of the Antarctic Peninsula and has been a focus of human activity since the early 1820s with the hunting of seal. With frequent eruptions, the most recent of which occurring in 1992, this volcano is now the home to Antarctic Fur Seals, Southern Elephant Seals and the world’s largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins.

Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they examine the fascinating history of this foreboding place and discover the rich diversity of life here. Finally, join the team as they plunge beneath the icy waters into the caldera of this restless volcano on a unique Scuba dive to document life below the surface. This presentation will also detail expedition logistics, scuba diving equipment, Antarctic wildlife, the Southern Ocean and other important aspects of Antarctic expedition travel.

Truk Lagoon

The Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon
In February 1944, Operation Hailstorm, a well-orchestrated attack on Japanese forces at Truk Lagoon by the American Navy, sent dozens of ships to a watery grave beneath the tranquil seas of Truk lagoon. In just a few days of fierce action, freighters, cargo vessels, submarine tenders, submarines and destroyers were all sunk, creating a watery grave of unprecedented proportions. Today, the tragedy of war has given way to the splendor of the underwater world as these ships have now been transformed into living reefs of riotous colors and teeming marine life. This presentation first examines the history of the island and the wartime activities that took place here, and then takes the viewer on a journey to some of these fascinating ships, including the Fujikaka Maru, San Francisco Maru, Heian Maru and others.

Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle: Extreme Diving at the End of the World
Antarctica is often referred to as the frozen continent. It has long held a fascination for explorers and adventurers the world over. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they begin their journey south in Ushuaia, Argentina by diving in the Beagle Channel. Here they explore lush kelp forests and observe giant King Crabs. The trip south to Antarctica takes them across the turbulent Drake Passage and along the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula. Underwater encounters with playful Antarctic Fur Seals, bizarre sea-stars, colorful invertebrates and strange fish with anti-freeze in their blood follow as the expedition pushes further south into the ice-choked waters below the Antarctic Circle.

This program describes what it is like to travel to, explore and dive in Antarctica, where heart-stopping dives beneath massive ice-bergs and expansive ice-flows epitomize Antarctic diving. Expedition logistics, as well as Antarctic wildlife, ocean and weather conditions are discussed, preparing you for your journey to the frozen continent.

Blue Shark

Inside the Cage: Shark Cage Diving in North America
Sharks have long held a unique fascination for people the world over and for SCUBA divers, being in the water with these creatures has always been a high adrenaline activity. There are many shark dives the world over, but divers need not travel to exotic destinations to witness sharks in their natural element. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they venture inside the cage right here in North America to dive with Blue Sharks in California, Rhode Island and New York. This program will conclude with heart-stopping action from Mexico’s Isla de Guadalupe, home to some of the largest Great White Sharks in the world.

Coral Reef

Off the Wall: A Turks and Caicos Adventure
With clear, beautiful turquoise water, brilliant sugar white sand beaches and sumptuous coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos Islands are the ideal destination for SCUBA divers. However, in addition to these obvious treasures, there are other, more magnificent wonders to experience here. In this program, Eco-Photo Explorers will take the viewer on dramatic dives along the Turks and Caicos’ sheer vertical walls.

In addition, we will journey to the nearby Silver Banks to witness the exciting mating rituals of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale. Whether it’s a relaxing dive on a luxurious reef, a breathtaking wall dive or a heart-stopping encounter with a Humpback Whale, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer adventures that are truly off the wall!



Maritime History


Queen Anne’s Revenge: Exploring the Legend of Blackbeard
For a brief period of time in the early 1700s, Blackbeard the Pirate terrorized the seas around the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Carolina coast. Little is known of this infamous historical figure, including his real name, but his reputation as a brutal force on the high seas has long outlived him. In 1718, shortly after the famous blockade of Charleston South Carolina, Blackbeard ran two of his vessels aground at near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, including the Queen Anne's Revenge. For nearly 300 years, this shipwreck has eluded searchers who have come here to find the long lost flagship of Blackbeard’s fleet.

But recently, a wreck presumed to be that of the Queen Anne’s Revenge has been found and is currently being recovered by teams of researchers and archaeologists. Join Eco-Photo Explorers on an adventure to examine the legend of Blackbeard and to dive on the wreck of his most famous ship.

Pirates & Ghost Ships

Pirates, Ghost Ships and Seafaring Superstitions
The ocean can be a dangerous, frightening place. Through the years, mariners have encountered pirates who plundered their ships and terrorized their crew, and have seen ghost ships that seemed to be sailing the seas without a trace of their crew. Through it all, these brave seafarers sought explanation for the many mysteries of the sea and comfort from its dangers in legend and folklore. Ahoy, Matey!

Join Eco-Photo Explorers for a fun-filled program as they tell the real stories of Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers and examine the mysteries of some of the most famous Ghost Ships of all time. Along the way, many of the superstitions of the sea will also be discussed.


In Search of Buried Treasure
Eco Photo Explorers examines the exciting world of treasure hunting through the use of photography, history, and with a discussion that highlights some of the treasure ships that are found in Long Island waters. Some of the specialized equipment and technologies that are used to seek out lost treasure and shipwrecks are also discussed.

RMS Titanic

The RMS Titanic…Her Final Days
On a cold April night in 1912, the magnificent new luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg as she was making her way towards New York on her maiden voyage from England. In a few short hours, she sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic, taking with her the lives of more than 1,500 people. The tragedy shocked the world and, through the years, the legend of this story has continued to grow. Seventy-three years after the sinking, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered 2 miles below the surface by an intrepid group of Oceanographers using state of the art technology.

Join Eco Photo Explorers as they recall the tragic history of the R.M.S. Titanic and the exciting search for her remains. The show will also feature discussions on the technology used to find the wreck and will examine the current controversy over the recovery of artifacts from this site.



SCUBA Diving


Frozen Fins: The Art and Science of Ice Diving
When the weather turns cold and the local waters turn to ice, many divers pack up their dive gear and wait for the return of summer. Some hasten its arrival with a trip to warmer climates while winter maintains its grip on the north. But the arrival of winter does not need to mean the end of local diving. In this program, you will learn the techniques, equipment requirements and reasons for safely venturing below the ice in one of diving’s most challenging, and rewarding, activities: Ice Diving. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they explain the "how's" and "whys" of ice diving and introduce you to some of the best places to dive beneath the ice.

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