Events

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November 25 2019, 5pm – 5pm

The Billion Oyster Project has 5 community reef sites around the harbor. There are various field dates at different times. 

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park 
  • Bush Terminal Park 
  • Coney Island Creek 
  • Canarsie 
  • Bayswater Point State Park

Please note that priority is given to school groups and community partners located within the neighborhood of each site. If you are interested in registering for a community reef monitoring for the 2019 field season, please e-mail Tanasia Swift, Community Reefs Manager at tswift@nyharbor.org. 

July 19 2019, 1pm – 8pm

At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  At the end of the training you will be ready to either receive your own ORS, join an ORS at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

    Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

    Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

    June 25 2019, 2pm – 7pm

    NOTE: Register for this event via a Google form
    • click here if you are an educator bringing students with presentations
    • click here if you are a community scientist or professional scientist who wants to attend with either original research or with promotional information information about your organization!

    The BOP Fifth Annual Research Symposium is a celebration and scientific meeting for students of all ages and adults who study oysters and/or NYC’s waters to present their research to fellow researchers and visiting scientists.  

    Here are some events and resources to help you plan:

    • April 10 - come to our Field Season Kickoff! event to ask us questions in person, pick up more oysters, meet fellow oyster researchers, and win prizes!  RSVP in the Field Season Kickoff event.
    Worried about the commitment or the timing? We know the end of the school year can be very busy, so please reach out to us with any questions- we want to support your school being represented at the Symposium in any way that you can! Get in touch at educate@nyharbor.org

    June 1 2019, 1pm – 8pm

    At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  At the end of the training you will be ready to either receive your own ORS, join an ORS at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


    BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

      Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

      Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

      May 14 2019, 8pm – 11pm

      This is a professional development for educators who are interested in doing advocacy based projects with their students.  We encourage students to bring their work to the 5th Annual Research Symposium, on Tuesday June 25th (sign up for the Symposium here).  


      For this year's Symposium we have created three different categories under which students can enter their projects and a rubric to go with each.  All of this information can be found in the Symposium Project Guidelines 2019.

      We are fortunate to be joined by Rebecca Pryor, Program Coordinator for Riverkeeper and Guardians of Flushing Bay, who has extensive experience as a waterfront educator and activist.  

      Location: Pace University 163 William Street, New York, NY - Room 501

      May 10 2019, 1pm – 8pm

      Would you like to have an oyster tank in your classroom or at you organization?  Then this is the training for you!  We will spend the day learning how to prep and set up your oyster tank and working through some of the most common stumbling blocks.  At the end of the day you will go home with all the materials you need to set up and monitor your tank including: the tank, oysters, salt, filtering supplies and water quality testing kits.  


      In preparation for the training, please look over our Oyster Tank Guide

      We will send out a more detailed email a week prior to the training with specific information including directions, what to bring and an agenda.

      May 3 2019, 1pm – 8pm

      Once you have become comfortable with your ORS and collecting the oyster measurement data, we invite you to join our ORS Advanced Protocols Training. During this training on Governors Island, you will learn how to monitor your Oyster Research Station (ORS) for mobile organisms and sessile organisms.  You will also learn how to collect additional site conditions and water quality data about your ORS site.  Upon successful completion of the training you will receive a starter kit for this additional monitoring.

      Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training:

      Email us if you any questions at educate@nyharbor.org.  We will be in touch with you the Monday prior to training with additional details. 

      April 10 2019, 9pm – 11pm

      We'd like to invite you to our second annual Field Season Kickoff on April 10, 2019. Whether you're a BOP veteran or you're brand new, it's free to attend, and you'll even get a raffle ticket to win fun BOP-themed prizes! 

      334 Furman Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

      Schedule:

      • 5:00pm  - Doors open - BOP staff will be available to chat individually 
      • 5:30pm  - Meet and greet and light refreshments 
      • 6:00pm  - Welcome and introductions 
      • 6:05pm  - - BOP staff presentations 
      • 7:15pm  Q&A 
      • 7:30pm  - Wrap up- BOP staff will be available to chat individually  

      At the kickoff you can: 

      • Meet fellow oyster researchers and BOP staff. 
      • Hear about new research opportunities at our Community Reefs. 
      • Learn about improvements to the Oyster Research Station and BOP Digital Platform. 
      • Ask us questions and give us feedback. 
      • Win prizes! (You get a ticket for RSVPing, a ticket for showing up, and a ticket if you've published one field expedition on the BOP Digital Platform.) 


      April 5 2019, 1pm – 8pm

      At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  At the end of the training you will be ready to either receive your own ORS, join an ORS at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


      BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

        Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

        Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

        March 15 2019, 12pm – 7pm

        Would you like to have an oyster tank in your classroom or at you organization?  Then this is the training for you!  We will spend the day learning how to prep and set up your oyster tank and working through some of the most common stumbling blocks.  At the end of the day you will go home with all the materials you need to set up and monitor your tank including: the tank, oysters, salt, filtering supplies and water quality testing kits.  


        In preparation for the training, please look over our Oyster Tank Guide

        We will send out a more detailed email a week prior to the training with specific information including directions, what to bring and an agenda.

        February 19 2019, 3pm – 10pm
        February 20 2019, 3pm – 10pm

        We’re excited to be celebrating Kids Week with the @Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! Join us for a week of STEAM games, activities and shows perfect for children of all ages. The festival begins February 17th and is FREE with museum admission. Learn more here: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/kidsweek.

        December 4 2018, 1pm – 7am

        Opportunities for Authentic Inquiry Research in the Context of New York Harbor Ecological Restoration


        During this PLS session teachers will setup oyster tanks, monitor live oysters and complete other tank study and maintenance protocols.  Additionally, teachers will experiment with different materials for and types of filters for their oyster tanks.  The oyster tank study will also include learning about and experimenting with the nitrogen cycle within the tanks.  Understanding and being able to manipulate the nitrogen cycle is essential for maintaining a health oyster tank. We will also explore food and habitat webs, investigate the history of oyster and fish decline in New York Harbor, and get hands-on with some of the smallest visible oyster reef-associated organisms.  

        Each school will get the necessary materials for their own classroom oyster tank and for subsequent tank inquiry activities and experiments.  Throughout the PLI, teachers will participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.

        In this third part of the three-part series, participants will grapple with how to handle nitrogen in their classroom tanks.

        November 14 2018, 1pm – 7pm

        Opportunities for Authentic Inquiry Research in the Context of New York Harbor Ecological Restoration


        During this PLS session teachers will setup oyster tanks, monitor live oysters and complete other tank study and maintenance protocols.  Additionally, teachers will experiment with different materials for and types of filters for their oyster tanks.  The oyster tank study will also include learning about and experimenting with the nitrogen cycle within the tanks.  Understanding and being able to manipulate the nitrogen cycle is essential for maintaining a health oyster tank. We will also explore food and habitat webs, investigate the history of oyster and fish decline in New York Harbor, and get hands-on with some of the smallest visible oyster reef-associated organisms.  

        Each school will get the necessary materials for their own classroom oyster tank and for subsequent tank inquiry activities and experiments.  Throughout the PLI, teachers will participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.

        In this second part of the three-part series, participants will set up their first oyster tanks.

        October 16 2018, 12pm – 6pm

        Opportunities for Authentic Inquiry Research in the Context of New York Harbor Ecological Restoration


        During this PLS session teachers will setup oyster tanks, monitor live oysters and complete other tank study and maintenance protocols.  Additionally, teachers will experiment with different materials for and types of filters for their oyster tanks.  The oyster tank study will also include learning about and experimenting with the nitrogen cycle within the tanks.  Understanding and being able to manipulate the nitrogen cycle is essential for maintaining a health oyster tank. We will also explore food and habitat webs, investigate the history of oyster and fish decline in New York Harbor, and get hands-on with some of the smallest visible oyster reef-associated organisms.  

        Each school will get the necessary materials for their own classroom oyster tank and for subsequent tank inquiry activities and experiments.  Throughout the PLI, teachers will participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.

        In this first part of the three-part series, participants will be introduced to BOP, conduct water quality testing, and discuss classroom and field pedagogy.

        October 13 2018, 1pm – 8pm

        At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  At the end of the training you will be ready to either receive your own ORS, join an ORS at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


        BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

          Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

          Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

          September 28 2018, 1pm – 8pm

          At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  At the end of the training you will be ready to either receive your own ORS, join an ORS at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


          BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

            Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

            Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

            July 20 2018, 1pm – 8pm

            At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  You will either receive your own ORS, join one at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


            BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

              Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

              Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

              July 12 2018, 1pm – 8pm

              Once you have completed two expeditions to your ORS and successfully collected and uploaded oyster measurement data on the BOP Digital Platform, we invited you to join our ORS Field ProtocolTraining.  In this session you will learn how to monitor your Oyster Research Station (ORS) for mobile organisms and sessile organisms.  You will also learn how to collect additional site conditions and water quality data about your ORS site.  Upon successful completion of the training you will receive a starter kit for this additional monitoring.

              Please review the following materials before the training.

              ORS Field Science Manual

              BOP Supply Lists

              Email us if you any questions at info@nyharbor.org,  We will be in touch with you two weeks prior to the training with additional details. 

              June 21 2018, 2pm – 7pm

              NOTE: You'll register for this event via a Google form- click here if you are an educator bringing students with presentations, and click here if you are a community scientist or professional scientist who wants to attend or table with information about your organization or work!

              The BOP Fourth Annual Research Symposium is a celebration and scientific meeting for students of all ages and adults who study oysters and/or NYC’s waters to present their research to fellow researchers and visiting scientists.  The 2018 Annual BOP Research Symposium is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.  

              Here are some events and resources to help you plan:

              • April 9- come to our Field Season Kickoff event to ask us questions in person, pick up more oysters, meet fellow oyster researchers, and win prizes!  RSVP here: goo.gl/JH8MqH

              • April 17- come to Launch Your Symposium Project to look at previous years' projects and leave with a plan for your own students' research.

              • May 22- come to Troubleshoot Your Students' Symposium Research to share your challenges, workshop your students' ideas, and return to school with some solid “next steps” to enact with your students.

              • June 12- come to Workshop Your Symposium Posters to get feedback on drafts of your students' posters.
              Worried about the commitment or the timing? We know the end of the school year can be very busy, so please reach out to us with any questions- we want to support your school being represented at the Symposium in any way that you can! Get in touch at educate@nyharbor.org


              June 14 2018, 8pm – 10pm

              Teachers get a hands-on introduction to some common creatures found in the ORS. We will review vocabulary, taxonomy, and physiology, as well as species relationships. This PD will also help teachers connect their ORS field work to student research for the June Symposium. Teachers should be prepared to get a little wet and muddy, and the space is unheated so please dress appropriately.

              June 12 2018, 8pm – 11pm

              Bring in drafts of your students’ Symposium research. Drafts will be shared with facilitators and other teachers so that you can get valuable feedback and suggestions.


              We will meet in Room W-210 at 1 Pace Plaza.

              June 8 2018, 1pm – 8pm

              At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  You will either receive your own ORS, join one at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


              BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

                Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch two weeks prior to the training with additional details!  

                Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

                May 22 2018, 8pm – 11pm

                Bring your students' data, questions or ideas they're excited about and be sure to bring the biggest obstacles that you and they face. Talk to experienced teachers who have had students present at the Symposium. We will take time to brainstorm and workshop around these ideas, so that teachers can return to school with some solid “next steps” to enact with their students.  


                We will meet in Room W-210 at 1 Pace Plaza.

                May 11 2018, 1pm – 8pm

                At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  You will either receive your own ORS, join one at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


                BOP provides a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

                  Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one week prior to the training with additional details!  

                  Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

                  April 28 2018, 4pm – 7pm

                  Work with BOP's Hatchery Manager, Jeremy, to learn how to culture your own algae.  You will learn sterile technique and have to maintain this in your classroom.  

                  April 26 2018, 8pm – 10pm

                  Work with BOP's Hatchery Manager, Jeremy, to learn how to culture your own algae.  You will learn sterile technique and have to maintain this in your classroom.  

                  April 17 2018, 8pm – 11pm

                  Come check out past Symposium posters.  Explore three different data types: Digital Platform data, classroom oyster tank data, other sources of data. Workshop different ways to support students answering their own research questions.  Leave with a plan for your own students' research. 


                  Note: If you already have student questions or research underway, email that information to Annie Lederberg (alederberg@nyharbor.org) by Friday, April 6th so we can workshop your students' research!

                  We will meet at 163 William St., Room 1103.

                  April 13 2018, 1pm – 8pm

                  At our entry-level training you will learn how to track oyster growth and identify organisms living among the oysters.  The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring New York Harbor Estuary.  During this training on Governors Island, you will learn to handle an Oyster Research Station (ORS) and work with a Community Reef.  You will either receive your own ORS, join one at an already established site, or join the efforts at a Community Reef. 


                  BOP provides a starter kit for collecting oyster measurement data, including basic equipment, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

                    Email us with any questions at educate@nyharbor.org. We will be in touch one weeks prior to the training with additional details!  

                    Is the event full?  Click here to get added to the waitlist.

                    April 9 2018, 9pm – 11pm


                    We'd like to invite you to our first-ever Field Season Kickoff on April 9, 2018. Whether you're a BOP veteran or you're brand new, it's free to attend, and you'll even get a raffle ticket to win fun BOP-themed prizes! Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm, doors open at 5pm Location: Pace University, 157 William St, first floor amphitheater

                    Schedule
                    5:00pm  Doors open- BOP staff will be available to chat individually
                    5:30pm  Meet and greet and light refreshments
                    6:00pm  Welcome and introductions
                    6:05pm  BOP staff presentations
                    7:15pm  Q&A
                    7:30pm  Wrap up- BOP staff will be available to chat individually

                    We'll have BOP staff presentations on:

                    • Upcoming events and exhibits
                    • Oyster Research Station (ORS) and gear improvements
                    • Protocol and field manual improvements
                    • BOP Digital Platform redesign
                    • Curriculum and Symposium
                    • Upcoming Community Reefs installs and events
                    Feel free to contact Heather Flanagan <hflanagan@nyharbor.org> with any questions or concerns.  We hope to see you there!

                    April 3 2018, 1pm – 7pm
                    April 4 2018, 1pm – 7pm
                    April 5 2018, 1pm – 7pm

                    Spring STEM Institute

                    February 26 2018, 9pm – 11pm

                    Teachers get a hands-on introduction to plankton at The River Project. We will review methods for collecting, keeping, and monitoring plankton, and delve deep into identification, categorization and ecology. Part of this workshop will be outside, so please dress accordingly.

                    TRP's office is located in the Pier 40 building (search Pier 40, Hudson River Greenway in Google Maps). The main entrance to the building is at West Street and Houston Street (number 353, but don't use this address for Google). Enter through the glass doors under the metal awning at the entrance to the building, to the right parking lot entrances, and take the elevator up to the second floor. Make a left out of the elevator through an entrance way, then make a right down the hall. Follow signs to Room 224, all the way down the hall on the opposite side of the building. If you have any trouble locating the office, call 212-233-3030.

                    February 7 2018, 1pm – 7pm


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.


                    Set up a classroom oyster tank, investigate your local watershed, and study historic and contemporary animal populations of New York Harbor -- all using primary-source documents and hands-on investigations!


                    February 7 is Day 3 of our 3-day professional learning institute. Teachers are expected to attend all three days. Teachers of grades 4-10 will explore food and habitat webs, investigate the history of oyster and fish decline in New York Harbor, and get hands-on with some of the smallest visible oyster reef-associated organisms.  Teachers will participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.

                    Each day of this 3-day institute will focus on a specific unit from BOP's NGSS-aligned ecology curriculum:


                    Throughout this institute there will be many opportunities to get up-close and personal with New York Harbor.  Ideally, each participating school will have two or more teachers attend this 3-day institute.


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.

                    January 10 2018, 1pm – 7pm


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.


                    Set up a classroom oyster tank, investigate your local watershed, and study historic and contemporary animal populations of New York Harbor -- all using primary-source documents and hands-on investigations!


                    January 10 is Day 2 of our 3-day professional learning institute.  Teachers are expected to attend all three days. Teachers of grades 4-10 will investigate the watershed and community around the New York Aquarium, and take home tools to investigate their schools’ watersheds and communities with their students.  Teachers will build watershed models, use digital maps and databases, and get outside to study the topography, permeability, pollution, and stakeholder community in person. Teachers will also participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.


                    Each day of this 3-day institute will focus on a specific unit from BOP's NGSS-aligned ecology curriculum:


                    Throughout this institute there will be many opportunities to get up-close and personal with New York Harbor.  Ideally, each participating school will have two or more teachers attend this 3-day institute.


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.


                    December 13 2017, 1pm – 7pm


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.


                    Set up a classroom oyster tank, investigate your local watershed, and study historic and contemporary animal populations of New York Harbor -- all using hands-on investigations and primary-source documents!


                    December 13 is Day 1 of our 3-day professional learning institute.  Teachers are expected to attend all three days of the institute.  On Day 1 teachers of grades 4-10 will set up oyster tanks, monitor live oysters and complete other tank study and maintenance protocols.  Each school will get starter materials for their own classroom oyster tank. Teachers will participate in hands-on activities, explore BOP’s published curriculum, and reflect on how they want to integrate BOP into their own curricula.


                    Each day of this 3-day institute will focus on a specific unit from BOP's NGSS-aligned ecology curriculum:


                    Throughout this institute there will be many opportunities to get up-close and personal with New York Harbor.  Ideally, each participating school will have two or more teachers attend this 3-day institute.


                    This event is offered through the NYC Department of Education, so you MUST be a NYC public school teacher and you MUST sign up on the  DOE signup website.


                    December 5 2017, 10pm – 12am

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. 

                    November 28 2017, 10pm – 12am

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. 

                    November 13 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    Teachers will explore The River Project's flow-through aquarium to gain an introduction to the identification and classification of mobile and sessile organisms commonly found in the ORS. We will review basic taxonomy and fish anatomy, and utilize a dichotomous key to identify fish species. This PD will provide activities and resources that can be used to connect ORS field work to students' research projects. Please note that the space is unheated, so make sure you dress for the weather, and be prepared to get a little wet. 


                    Directions: The River Project WETLAB is located on the south side of Pier 40, about halfway down the pier.  Pier 40 extends off Manhattan into the Hudson River, approximately where Houston Street meets the river.  For a map, showing the location and nearby subway stops, look at the Resource for this event called "TRP Wetlab map".

                    November 6 2017, 3pm – 8pm

                    Once you have completed two expeditions to your ORS and successfully collected and uploaded oyster measurement data on the BOP Digital Platform, we invited you to join our ORS Advanced Training.  In this session you will learn how to monitor your Oyster Research Station (ORS) for mobile organisms and sessile organisms.  You will also learn how to collect additional site conditions and water quality data about your ORS site.  Upon successful completion of the training you will receive a starter kit for this additional monitoring.

                    Please review the following materials before the training.

                    ORS Field Science Manual

                    BOP Supply Lists

                    Email us if you any questions at info@nyharbor.org and we will be in touch with you two weeks prior to the training with additional details. 

                    October 24 2017, 8pm – 11pm

                    Get your hands wet and make a home for some oysters!  We'll provide the materials and the animals.  You get to construct a classroom habitat for them.  After this PD, you'll know as much as you need to know in order to establish oyster tanks in your own classroom.

                    October 20 2017, 11pm – 12am

                    We're teaming up with Brooklyn Historical Society to give an oyster history talk at their Free Friday program!  We'll be speaking from 7:30pm-8:30pm but the building will be open (with beer + free admission!) from 5pm-9pm.  Feel free to stop by- no RSVP required!  Check out the details below or learn more here: http://brooklynhistory.org/visitor/freefridays

                    "Dive in to the fascinating history of New York’s former ecological and culinary cornerstone: the humble oyster! BOP's Blyss Buitrago and Heather Flanagan look at how oysters were a vital foodstuff from the time of the Lenape tribe to the recent past, and how their conservation connects to today’s environmental issues." 

                    October 17 2017, 8pm – 11pm

                    Dig deep and get the backstory on the waterfront site where you will hang your Oyster Research Station!  Find out what used to be there, where there are toxic spills, what the zoning regulations are, and other details of your choice.  Take home a curated list of resources which will allow you to guide your students through the same or similar process.  


                    In order to participate fully, you MUST BRING A LAPTOP and your Pace wifi ID.  Please resolve forgotten password issues prior to this workshop. If you do not have a Pace wifi ID please email Annie Lederberg at alederberg@nyharbor.org so that we can be sure you will have connectivity at the workshop.

                    October 13 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Community Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage that we call the Oyster Research Station (ORS) The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. 

                    During the training on Governors Island, you will learn to monitor the ORS, track oyster growth and identify organisms. You will also get an introduction to our online data entry website, the BOP Digital Platform.  You will either receive your own ORS or join one at an already established site. BOP provides all participants with a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

                    ORS Field Science Manual

                    BOP Supply Lists

                    Email us if you any questions at info@nyharbor.org and we will be in touch with you two weeks prior to the training with additional details. 

                    October 10 2017, 8pm – 11pm

                    From children’s books to peer-reviewed scientific journal articles to charts and maps, there is a tremendous range of text that you can provide your students. Come explore this vast array, especially those in print, and learn techniques for integrating texts and literacy skills into your BOP Curriculum and Symposium preparation process.


                    This professional development will be held in room W210- the 1 Pace Plaza entrance is closed so please use the Spruce St. entrance we've listed.

                    October 3 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. 

                    September 25 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Community Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage that we call the Oyster Research Station (ORS) The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual community-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. 

                    During the training on Governors Island, you will learn to monitor the ORS, track oyster growth and identify organisms. You will also get an introduction to our online data entry website, the BOP Digital Platform. You will either receive your own ORS or join one at an already established site. BOP provides all participants with a starter kit for the Oyster Measurement protocol, including basic equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site where you can safely conduct field science expeditions with your students or fellow team members. Please be sure to read through the following documents before coming to the training.

                    Participation Agreement 

                    ORS Field Science Manual

                    ORS Fact Sheet

                    BOP Supply Lists

                    Email us if you any questions at info@nyharbor.org and we will be in touch with you two weeks prior to the training with additional details. 

                    September 12 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for September is Oyster Reef Restoration efforts in NY Harbor with a workshop by the BOP Reefs Team, Katie Mosher-Smith, Mike McCann, and Blyss Buitrago.

                    September 1 2017, 8pm – 11pm

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                    July 29 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station.

                    June 23 2017, 2pm – 7pm

                    Scientific meeting for students of all ages and adults who study oysters and/or NYC’s waters to present their research to fellow researchers and visiting scientists.

                    June 13 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    Teachers bring in drafts of their students’ Symposium research. Drafts will be shared with facilitators and other teachers so that teachers may be provided with feedback and suggestions.

                    June 9 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station.

                    June 6 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for June is "Hydrology of New York Harbor" with a workshop by Professor Philip Orton.

                    May 30 2017, 8pm – 10pm

                    Teachers get a hands-on introduction to some common creatures found in the ORS. We will review vocabulary, taxonomy, and physiology, as well as species relationships. This PD will also help teachers connect their ORS field work to student research for the June Symposium. Teachers should be prepared to get a little wet and muddy, and the space is unheated so please dress appropriately. 

                    May 12 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station.

                    May 2 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for May is "Environmental Microbiology of New York Harbor" with a workshop by Professor Greg O'Mullan of Queens College.

                    April 25 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    Teachers come in with some information about what data, questions or ideas their students are excited about. We will take time to brainstorm and workshop around these ideas, so that teachers can return to school with some solid “next steps” to enact with their students.

                    April 24 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    Led by Columbia Professors Palmer and Newton, an introduction to the use of statistics for research.

                    April 24 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station. Note: you must take the 9am ferry from the Governors Island Ferry Terminal located at 10 South St. in MANHATTAN. Arrive by 8:45am to allow time for boarding. Further details and the agenda will be sent to you a week prior to the training. Please download and read the "resources" attached to this announcement before the training.

                    April 21 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station.

                    April 4 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for April is "Intro to Water Chemistry" with Professor Brett Branco.

                    March 28 2017, 9pm – 11pm

                    In this session we will explore ways to explore and dig into data with your students. 

                    March 24 2017, 1pm – 8pm

                    We invite you to join the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program by attending a training and maintaining your own dockside cage + trap we call the “BOP Oyster Restoration Station.” The program is designed for schools, organizations, and individual citizen-scientists who want to be “hands-on” in monitoring and restoring the New York Harbor Estuary. During the training on Governors Island, you will receive your own three-part oyster restoration station and learn the five protocols for monitoring and data collection with students. BOP provides the starter kit of monitoring equipment, supplies, live oysters, and a permitted waterfront site at which to install your restoration station.

                    March 21 2017, 10pm – 12am

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for March is "Oyster Aquaculture and Biology" with Steve and Pete Malinowksi. 

                    February 22 2017, 6pm – 9pm

                    Teachers get a hands-on introduction to plankton at The River Project. We will review methods for collecting, keeping, and monitoring plankton, and delve deep into identification, categorization and ecology. Part of this workshop will be outside, so please dress accordingly. 

                    February 21 2017, 10pm – 12am

                    Led by Columbia Professors Palmer and Newton, an introduction to the use of statistics for research.

                    February 7 2017, 10pm – 12am

                    BOP scientist workshops are content intensive professional development sessions for BOP teachers and citizen scientists. The workshop includes a colloquium style lecture and hands-on lab or problem solving activity. The scientist is a local guest expert in a key field of marine STEM. First Year Fellows are required to attend all nine workshops while others may attend optionally. The focus of the month for February is "Introduction to New York Harbor" with Professor John Waldman. Professor Waldman is an aquatic conservation biologist with a long history of studying and helping to restore New York Harbor. His presentation will focus on the historic and present day ecologies of New York Harbor, our often murky relationship as a city to our surrounding waterways, and the fascinating zoogeography and morphology of Hudson River's endemic fish species.

                    December 13 2016, 9pm – 12am

                    Final Fellowship Meeting.

                    November 29 2016, 10pm – 12am

                    From children’s books to peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, there is a tremendous range of text that you can provide your students on topics that come up when studying oysters and the harbor. Come explore an array of these texts, especially those in print, and learn techniques for integrating texts and literacy skills into your BOP Curriculum and Symposium preparation process.

                    November 8 2016, 10pm – 1am

                    BOP STEM Education Workshops are the core teacher professional development experience for the BOP Schools and Citizen Science Program. Participating teachers gain BOP STEM technical knowledge, curriculum resources, pedagogical perspectives, and opportunities for direct collaboration with scientists and BOP STEM professionals. Each workshop functions as a combination of interactive scientist lecture and hands-on/minds-on curriculum development experience, including dinner and informal networking, Q&A with experts, and micro-teaching BOP lesson demos. Each monthly session is focused around a unique concept or content area in restoration based STEM education. Explicit links are made between the featured scientist's technical knowledge, hands-on learning activity, and curriculum development. Each session also includes three break-out activities for teachers to choose from: 1) hands-on activity designed by visiting scientist, 2) extended discussion/Q&A with visiting scientists 3) curriculum and teaching roundtable with teacher led BOP lesson demos. The focus of the month for November is marine genomics including the use of environmental DNA technology to help us better understand local oyster reef taxonomy and ecological communities. Our featured scientist is Dr. Elizabeth Alter, Assistant Professor of Biology at CUNY York College. From Dr. Alter's bio: "My research uses molecular phylogenetic methods to understand the evolutionary histories of species and populations, particularly in the marine environment. This work examines the genetic vestiges left by past environmental and ecological conditions and is integrative in nature, drawing from evolutionary genetics, phylogenomics and population modeling. Previous work focused on reconstructing evolutionary history in marine mammals, including developing a novel method for estimating the molecular clock for the hypervariable mammalian control region. A new line of research is concerned with environmental metagenomics and environmental DNA to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts."

                    November 8 2016, 6pm – 8pm

                    Do your students have a million questions, but you can’t quite envision how they will go about looking for answers? Are you not exactly sure what to make of your ORS data? Or wondering what kinds of experiments are most likely to work with the oyster tanks in your classroom? This session will look at some research ideas and strategies and how to approach them.

                    November 1 2016, 8pm – 10pm

                    Teachers get a hands-on introduction to some common creatures found in the ORS. We will review vocabulary, taxonomy, and physiology, as well as species relationships. This PD will also help teachers connect their ORS field work to student research for the June Symposium. Teachers should be prepared to get a little wet and muddy, and the space is unheated so please dress appropriately.

                    October 18 2016, 9pm – 12am

                    BOP STEM Education Workshops are the core teacher professional development experience for the BOP Schools and Citizen Science Program. Participating teachers gain BOP STEM technical knowledge, curriculum resources, pedagogical perspectives, and opportunities for direct collaboration with scientists and BOP STEM professionals. The focus of the month for October is an Oyster Restoration case study presented by scientists from Rutgers University, Haskins Shellfish Laboratory (David Bushek, Lisa Calva, Jenny Paterno) The scientists will present on the active oyster fishery in the Delaware Bay, the history of restoration, management practices and regulatory challenges. They will provide a range of comparative data gathered from the field with the goal of illustrating the range of optimal to suboptimal conditions for oyster restoration. The scientists will also provide examples of hands-on educational activities conducted with schools through their Project PORTS curriculum.

                    September 27 2016, 9pm – 11pm

                    Teachers review the details of the BOP symposium, sketch their year-long plan for preparing their students for the symposium, and learn concrete classroom strategies for encouraging students first to express and then to follow up on their natural curiosity about the world, nature, and science.