New York Harbor School

Located on Governors Island in New York City, New York Harbor School has a stunning view of the New York Harbor, Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. High school students take a ferry to get to the island, where in addition to regular classes they learn about the environment through hands-on projects. In this video Pete Malinowski, aquaculture teacher, and his students are speaking about the oyster restoration project in New York Harbor, a project which is part of their curriculum.


Future Cities, Future Citizens

Future Cities, Future Citizens was a seminar in Shanghai last week. Organized by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), the seminar gathered researchers and students from several countries who presented their urban environmental projects. I collaborated with SRC through the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University last summer. I worked with students and an educator at Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, New York City, to describe the impact of their oyster reef restoration project on ecosystem services. We have submitted our data to the Urban Planet Atlas, and then students prepared and conducted a presentation at the seminar in Shanghai.

Download: 2010-Shanghai

Link: Rocking the Boat travel blog

Photo below: Alex Severino and Govin Baichu (students) and Dawn Henning (educator) conducting a presentation at the Nordic Light House in Shanghai.

The Bronx students met with students from Sweden, Kenya, China and India, and shared their environmental restoration and monitoring projects.

Dawn, Govin and Alex – thank you for your thank you card! – Alex

Oyster reef restoration

High-school students and educators at Rocking the Boat, New York City, restore oyster reefs in the Bronx River in collaboration with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Bronx River Alliance.

Videography: Alex Kudryavtsev (Cornell University), Dawn Henning (Rocking the Boat). Narrators: Govin Baichu (Rocking the Boat), Robert Leaf (NYC Department of Parks & Recreation).

Education about oysters

Elizabeth “Alex” Severino, Rocking the Boat, shares her experience of educating people about oysters in the Bronx River, New York. This video is created for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, which organizes a workshop on the urban environment in Shanghai this fall. Two students and an educator from Rocking the Boat plan to participate in this workshop and present their work on oyster reef restoration. Videography: Alex Kudryavtsev (Cornell University), Narrator: Alex Severino (Rocking the Boat).

Oyster garden

Students from the Satellite Academy High School, the Bronx, checking oyster gardens in the Bronx River managed by students at Rocking the Boat.