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ELL Students Become New York Harbor Biodiversity and Water Quality Experts at M.S. 88

Jack Wasylyk teaches 6th and 7th grade English Language Arts at M.S. 88 Peter Rouget in South Slope, Brooklyn. His students are all English Language Learners (ELLs) who’ve either recently arrived to the United States or who’ve grown up in a first generation community.  Jack’s classes are deeply involved in the Billion Oyster Project’s program of […]

March Fellows Colloquium Recap: Oyster Biology and Anatomy

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, […]

What/Who is BOP-CCERS?

We are 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. Our work is premised on the fundamental principle that schools and communities can and should play direct, active, and authentic roles in […]

Meet the Fellows 2016: Valerie Green-Thomas

The BOP-CCERS Fellowship at Pace University is a two-year professional development and training program designed to give teachers the knowledge and tools to engage their students in hands-on restoration science in New York Harbor.  This is our second year of the program, and the first year in which we have two cohorts overlapping. The program is […]

Reflections from Citizen Scientist Andrea Bearbower

“How nature entwines through New York is altogether absurd, hysterical, and hopeful.” Behind a certain Swedish furniture-and-meatball emporium, adjacent to an NYPD tow pound and within sight of a spectacularly moody, long abandoned Port Authority grain terminal, Andrea Bearbower is growing hundreds of oysters.  But she’s not a marine biologist or conservationist- she’s just a […]

Coding and Calibrating with BOP + BioBase at “Eco-STEM: Digital Tools for Environmental Monitoring”

If you want to take a one-time measurement of, for example, acidity, it’s fine to pull out a little pack of pH test strips.  When you want to take 1,000 or 1,000,000,000 measurements, you’ll need to grab something a little more robust.  This month, teachers attending the second session of a four-day, hands-on intensive professional […]

BOP Schools and Citizen Science Partner Spotlight: Judy O’Neil, University of Maryland

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 […]

BOP Field Science Update

The NYHF curriculum team and Columbia scientists have been hard at work updating BOP field science protocols. The updated protocols are being used to develop our new BOP field science web platform for collecting ORS data and managing curriculum. The beta launch of the web platform is set for May 1. In the meantime, all of the […]

BOP Schools and Citizen Science Partner Spotlight: Eli Caref, The River Project

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 […]

Spawn II: Son of Spawn

by D’lylah Nazario 12th grade Aquaculture student/Harbor Foundation journalism intern Several attempts in, we have our second successful spawn of the Spring in the Aquaculture lab. Oysters from Fishers Island Oyster Farm from last year’s trip, when they had been harvested by Harbor students, and oysters collected by Jeremy from Soundview in the Bronx were […]