Aug 26: White Snake Paddle!



Here We Go Again” but never on our own! Come toss White Snakeroot seedballs we made with students and community members, to restore this important native species to our Jamaica Bay shorelines!

To participate, please email with the subject “White Snake Paddle!”


10AM: Those traveling with the van meet at HarborLAB.
11AM: Depart for Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
12PM: All meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to unload and prepare boats.
1230PM: Launch!
Toss seedballs at spots as directed by habitat conservation professionals with the National Parks Service. Paddle to visit islands, includings ones we have planted earlier with spartina. Beach cleanup on islands. Paddle and explore more.
530PM: Return to launch spot. All help pack and load.
6PM: Leave.
7PM: Return to HarborLAB.
8PM: Done!

Let’s ty to arrange carpooling. Folks in southern Queens and Brooklyn can meet us by mass transportation.

Details will be sent to confirmed participants. This trip is open to mature teens with parental consent.

Aug 21 & 22: Weekday Paddling!



Aug 21 & 22: Volunteers Needed for Gantry Plaza State Park “Partner Paddles” for Kids!

Come share the joy of the water with western Queens kids on Monday or Tuesday and have a ball! We need volunteers to work the dock, fit life vests, help newbies learn to paddle and stay safe, lift and carry boats, and more. Bonus: The waterfront is a great place to view the eclipse through a pinhole camera!

Aug 21 9AM-230PM for Hour Children
Aug 22 9AM-230PM for Minor Miracles

To help please email with the subject “Hour Children Paddle” or “Minor Miracles” paddle. Tell us a bit about your experience, abilities, and interests. Thanks!

This program will be led by American Canoe Association certified instructor Steven “Mr. Chuubie” Chu! Additional safety support provided by volunteers with pediatric and adult Red Cross certification in CPR/AED/First Aid/Safety Around Water/Basic Water Rescue.

Hour Children is dedicated to kids who were born in prison or whose mothers are in the criminal justice system and getting their lives on a better track. The organization also serves youth in NYCHA Ravenswood Houses and Queensbridge Houses and the surrounding community. More here:

Minor Miracles is deicated to fighting childhood obesity:

HarborLAB produces children’s programs directly with partners and someties through the Waterfront Alliance’s Harbor Camp referral program. At Gantry Plaza State Park, this is made possible by the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, our volunteers, and our sponsors — especially TF Cornerstone and Hudson River Foundation.

Participants all leave with with kids’ environmental literature published by 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!


9AM: Volunteers gather at HarborLAB (53-21 Vernon Blvd)
920AM: Leave for Gantry.
930AM: Set up at Gantry (dock at the 50th Ave pier)
10AM: Safety talk and orientation.
1030-1PM: Paddling.
130PM: Conclude, pack. All adults help carry boats.
2PM: Leave park.
230PM: Finish at HarborLAB

Tides for Hunters Point, Newtown Creek

M 21 Low 3:33 AM -0.5 6:12 AM Rise 5:53 AM 1
21 High 9:58 AM 4.8 7:45 PM Set 7:50 PM
21 Low 3:43 PM -0.3
21 High 10:13 PM 5.3

Tu 22 Low 4:21 AM -0.5 6:13 AM Rise 7:01 AM 0
22 High 10:46 AM 4.9 7:43 PM Set 8:26 PM
22 Low 4:33 PM -0.3
22 High 11:00 PM 5.2

Harbor Camp Memories: 8/10 at Gantry



New volunteers Yasaman Alibabaee and Sharon Shum introduce Upper Manhattan kids to paddling and our estuary environment.

HarborLAB volunteers Steven Chu, Diana Szatkowski, Katherine Bradford, Greg Leopold, Yasaman Alibabaee, Sharon Shum, Erik Baard, and Maribel Rodriguez Egipciaco were delighted to provide a group of children from Upper Manhattan with another Harbor Camp day at Gantry Plaza State Park. Throughout the summer Waterfront Alliance refers groups to HarborLAB to provide free introductory paddling lessons and more academic education in the park.

Steven is an American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor and led the on-water event. Steven is truly a gifted teacher, with a natural ability to connect and make learning fun and excellent instructor training by Prime Paddlesports. Erik Baard, Diana Szatkowski, and Katherine Bradford are Red Cross certified in AED, CPR, First Aid, Basic Water Rescue, and Safety Around Water.

Diana holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and gave the kids a background in how kayaking plays a central role in Inuit and other Arctic cultures. The “Greenland stick” paddle she made herself was a great show-and-tell exhibit to enter that conversation with the kids. A discussion of the origins of kayaking was especially fitting this week, with the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. The United Nations served as a visual backdrop for our day of learning.

Yasaman, a CUNY biology student, distributed copies of Conservationist Magazine for Kids (a New York State DEC publication) at the conclusion of paddling.

This program was made possible by TF Cornerstone, Hudson River Foundation/Newtown Creek Environmental Funds, Newtown Creek Group, Patricia Menje Erickson, Schuman Properties, and other HarborLAB sponsors and volunteers. A special thanks to HarborLAB’s water quality monitoring volunteers (coordinated by Patricia Vidals-Aquino), NYC Water Trail Association, and CUNY LaGuardia Community College Environmental Science Program (directed by HarborLAB Board Member Holly Porter-Morgan, PhD) for working to ensure we operate with knowledge of safe water conditions.

What a wonderful day!