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Archives for June 2016

John Cronin at Harbor School: “Turning the Tide of Environmental History…”

Original Hudson Riverkeeper Addresses Next Generation of Water Advocates Governors Island, NYC, June 27, 2016— In the world of Harbor restoration, it was an extraordinary moment. John Cronin, the original Hudson Riverkeeper, was the speaker for Urban Assembly New York Harbor School’s 10th graduation. Addressing students at the campus of the Billion Oyster Project’s flagship […]

“Smart and Connected Communities NYC” STEM Colloquium Speaks to the Power of Public Engagement in Environmental Justice and Stewardship

One of the most exciting aspects of the BOP Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) is that it’s a collaboration of a huge, diverse community of myriad talents who are all passionate about New York Harbor restoration and authentic, hands-on STEM education.  We’re fortunate that the STEM CCERS network fosters an interdisciplinary exchange […]

Second Annual Billion Oyster Project Research Symposium Celebrates Another Fantastic Year of Student Research!

Student-driven research, a scavenger hunt of Governors Island, oyster tastings, a keynote from renowned author and environmentalist Paul Greenberg, and an original musical called Salty Folk– the second Annual BOP Research Symposium on June 10th had it all!  The culminating event of the school year for students participating in the NSF-funded BOP Curriculum and Community […]

Billion Oyster People: Debby Keehn

Periodically, we use this space to highlight the words & experience of a member of the BOP community. BOP volunteer Debby Keehn spoke of her time on Governors Island today: The highlight of volunteering was being able to meet the extraordinary Harbor School graduates who were helping coordinate the day.  Both Jennifer and Chastity had stories […]

Harbor School: the BOP Powerhouse

  Yesterday marked Harbor School’s annual Senior Awards Banquet.  Harbor School faculty and BOP staff had the opportunity to recognize particular students for the achievements of the past four years, and as the awards went on, themes began to emerge: students who had gone above and beyond their schoolwork, who had pushed past difficulty, who […]

Sorted Out: Checking Up on Billion Oyster Party’s Waste

It’s been nearly a month since the Third Annual Billion Oyster Party. Here’s something you may not have known about it: it was an almost zero waste-to-landfill event, thanks to BOP partner Earth Matter. Want see what happened to all the food scraps and compostable serviceware collected that Thursday? Every year, part of designing the Billion Oyster […]

BOP House Confidential

The BOP House is open for business – and you’re invited! Our BOP exhibit, located in Nolan Park on Governors Island, is your destination for all things BOP this summer.  It showcases the importance of oysters in estuaries like New York Harbor, and describes how BOP brings together students, teachers, chefs, scientists, and interested New Yorkers from […]

BOP-CCERS May Colloquium Recap: The Microbiology of New York Harbor

The CCERS Fellowship at Pace is a two‐year professional development program that trains teachers to engage their students in hands‐on environmental STEM and restoration ecology in New York Harbor.  The Fellowship is open to NYC Department of Education middle school teachers working in Title I funded schools.  Classes and trainings are taught by guest experts, […]

Updates from Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts is a performing and visual arts school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  This year, teachers Rachelle Travis (Science) and Judith Alexander-Edwards (Math) joined the NSF-funded Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) as a part of our Cohort Two.  Rachelle and Judith have already made trips […]

BOP Schools and Citizen Science Partner Spotlight: Jennifer Zanger, Good Shepherd Services

Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) is a community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor.  BOP-CCERS is funded through a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division […]