In light of it being Earth Day 7 years ago at NYU I had the pleasure to work at the River Project!
“The River Project is a marine science ﬁeld station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City. The River Project works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary through scientific research, hands-‐on environmental education, and urban habitat improvement
“The River Project’s programs and interactive exhibits expand public understanding of the estuary and inspire people to appreciate the ecosystem they live in. An intimate view of what is at the waterfront and beneath the surface contributes to a sense of well-‐being for urban residents and to the perception of New York City as a viable place to live and work.”
My experience at the River Project ranged from partaking in research by measuring water turbidity, salinity, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen tests, sediment sampling, pulling up traps to check for marine organisms, collecting microorganisms and examining them under a microscope and much much more. I even helped pull the dock in and install the ramp to the dock. The 30 hours spent were amazing.
I learned a lot about the River Project and useful information that I utilized in my classroom. There is a wide variety of things do at the River Project, which could be one way to get students interested about working on the river, but more importantly interested in science!
I made a lesson plan attached here.