The Foundation’s Staff and Directors had a chance to see a grantees’ work firsthand earlier this month when we held our June Board of Directors meeting at the Billion Oyster Project site. The Billion Oyster Project is located on Governor’s Island, where its staff is working to restore one billion live oysters to the New York Harbor in an effort to once again make it the most productive body of water in the North Atlantic. The Project operates in collaboration with the New York Harbor School, a public high school that instills environmental stewardship in its students through hands-on learning in marine sciences, conservation, and habitat restoration. Students at the Harbor School raise the oysters and help design and implement the restoration process, and have restored over eleven million oysters to the Harbor to date.
During our visit, Billion Oyster Project's team showed our Staff and Directors around the Harbor School and the Project site. The group got an inside look at the Harbor School's interdisciplinary approach to education through a tour of its classrooms and facilities. The tour concluded with an opportunity to see the nurseries where oysters ad raised, and to learn about the oyster life cycle and the complex process of restoring them to the Harbor. Our time on Governor's Island reminded us of the importance of New York's local marine ecosystem and of the fascinating work happening to return it to its original state. Thank you to the New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project team for your warm welcome and for your amazing work!