We’re Hiring!

New York Harbor Foundation is hiring!  See below. Business Manager Job Description New York Harbor Foundation is a regional environmental education 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve the access to, awareness and education about, and condition of New York Harbor. We lead the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a large‐scale marine restoration effort to restore one […]

Who Cleans the Cleaners?

by Dylan McGinnis ’16, Marine Systems Technology New York Harbor Foundation communications intern Daily, students at The Harbor School work hand-in-hand with the Billion Oyster Project. Down at the floating dock on Monday, 3/21, 3 students were doing their part by cleaning the oysters. We asked a student named Joaquin Santiago about what they were doing and […]

Luis Melendez: A Life in the Harbor

This is the first in a series of Billion Oyster Profiles, which will tell the story of the Billion Oyster Project through the people who have shaped and been shaped by it.  BOP is not primarily about oysters, but about people.  Luis Melendez is close to the heart of it– in recognition of which, at […]


Thanks for signing up for a BOP Oyster Restoration Station (ORS) basic training! Your space has been reserved. We have received your sign-up info and will be in touch with you two weeks prior to the date of the training you selected. Please note if you plan to attend the training with friends or team members, each […]

Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars!

Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars! On Sunday, March 6, four Harbor School MBRP seniors had the honor of competing in the preliminary round of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair at the Great Shepard Hall at City College.  Cezanne Bies, Zain Bin Khalid, Marc Jiminez and Luca Goldmansour presented their research alongside top […]

BOP’s DIY Fleet Grows

Diablo Grande (top) is nearly done, thanks to a huge push by Brendan and the MST students as well as afterschool Boatbuilding.  But Medina’s on to another project: Diablo Grande 2. Student: “Prepare your jigsaws!” Medina: “OK, who wants to cut?” Emily: “ME!”

NYC Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is the largest K-12 school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught by more than 73,000 teachers in 1,800 public schools across the five boroughs. The role of the public school system in helping to shape the lives of New York City’s young people, families, and communities cannot be overstated. The same can be said of the relationship between the NYCDOE and the Billion Oyster Project. More than any other single partner, the DOE has played a critical role in helping to establish the project and in supporting its long term objective of engaging every student in the city in the restoration and stewardship of New York Harbor. With the establishment of the BOP Schools and Citizen Science program through a five million-dollar National Science Foundation educational research grant, the direct involvement of the NYCDOE has increased dramatically, both in terms of the number of schools directly participating in the project (more than 55 as of March 2016) and in the level of administrative support provided to teachers and principals. This increased involvement and support has been championed in particular by the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning’s Department of STEM. The STEM Department serves three essential roles in the Billion Oyster Project: as co-principal investigator on the NSF grant, member of the BOP advisory board, and as facilitator of BOP-focused STEM professional development programs for teachers. We expect these relationships to continue to grow as BOP further develops its middle school core curriculum and increases the number of slots available in its teacher training and professional development programs. Under the leadership of Chancellor Fariña, the NYCDOE remains strongly committed to BOP, and will continue to support the effort to link public school curricula to keystone species restoration and ensure that every student and teacher in New York City has the opportunity to participate in scientific restoration of New York Harbor during their regular school day.

Harbor Corps Update 3/11/16: SPAWN

Harbor Corps is a student-led initiative.  With representatives from every grade and each CTE, this group of volunteers meets each Friday off the 7:30 a.m. ferry to present updates and to plan the work for the week ahead.  This is the heartbeat of BOP.  This HC Update is the first of an ongoing series, allowing […]

“The big picture’s fine, but who’s gonna build the cages?”

…that’s what Dr. Stephen Gosnell wants his conservation biology students to be thinking about– and that’s why he took them away from computer modeling and population genetics for the day and brought them out to Governors Island for a tour of the lab, an introduction to the EcoDock, an overview of BOP, and a round […]

Measuring Reefs & Their Impact: New Research Dives Deep

Like much good research, Jon Woodruff and Christine Brandon’s recently published investigation of the historical impacts of New York Harbor’s oyster reefs began with a mystery.  As reported in Science Daily, the researchers had been looking at the sediment deposited during Hurricane Sandy, and comparing that “event layer” to the traces left by previous floods. In […]