Volunteer for Harbor Camp with HarborLAB!



Come share the joy of the water with NYC kids and have a ball! HarborLAB hosted great Harbor Camp events in July at Gantry Plaza State Park for kids from East Harlem and more are scheduled for August, for kids from Queens and the Bronx as well. Participants all leave with with environmental literature for kids, thanks to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. HarborLAB believes strongly that beautiful experiential learning will inspire reading about related topics, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. After all, nature is the best teacher!

HarborLAB samples water each week for pathogen testing at CUNY LaGuardia Community College at the Environmental Science lab operated by HarborLAB Board Member Holly Porter-Morgan, PhD. This work is coordinated through the NYC Water Trail Association’s “citizen scientist” program. We’re happy to report that water at Gantry Plaza State Park consistently rates as swimming quality. We do, however, cancel programs after heavy rainfalls as a precaution, because runoff waters cause combined sewers in NYC to overflow.

To help as a volunteer or supporter, please email us at volunteer@harborlab.org or support@harborlab.org.

A huge thanks to our volunteers, the New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and our sponsors. This program is also supported with a grant from the Newtown Creek Group, a consortium of responsible parties in settlement and partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency for the cleanup of the Newtown Creek, a Superfund site that runs between Brooklyn and Queens.




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