HarborLAB rocketed through its first year, providing public paddling to the metropolitan area’s two largest water ecology events, the Clearwater Festival and City of Water Day. We created unique programs for CUNY students and Hour Children kids, and helped middle school teachers participate in the Billion Oyster Project led by the New York Harbor School. Making the coming spring even more exciting, we struck an agreement with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and Catskill Watershed Corporation to bring free paddling programs to the Neversink Reservoir!
Now that we’re better situated, programs will ramp up in 2014! Some of our programs and events will be baked in long before the summer hear — City of Water Day, Clearwater Festival, Perseids Paddle, Sun Voyage, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Produce Paddles (to raise funds for food pantries), Cinema Paddles, South Brother Island Cleanup, Swim Across America (cancer care and research fundraising), tailored educational programs, community paddles, bird watching tours, and more! We’re turning to you to define “more.” 🙂
Below are just a few additional program ideas to speed our imaginations toward next summer. We’d love for you to vote for the ones you want to experience most — whether one or a dozen! Please also feel to add your own ideas. We’ll keep the survey running until our 2014 planning meeting.