2019 Was A Transformative Year For The
Science Barge!
This year, we celebrated the 11 th anniversary of the Science Barge as a powerful force for education in Yonkers! In May, a special ribbon cutting ceremony led by Mayor Mike Spano was attended by over 300 friends, families, corporate sponsors and government officials to celebrate the latest upgrades for this truly unique floating environmental education center.
Thanks to two major grants from the New New York Bridge Project and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice, we completed approximately $900,000 of capital renovations which include new steel reinforcements, a new paint job, a new gate, new rescue ladders, a new sustainable toilet, a new aeroponic growing system, a new energy bike, a new recycling station, new touch screen technology, new classroom tables and chairs, new decking, new windows, a new boiler, new circulating and exhaust fans, new shutters, new thermostats, and a new viewing scope. These upgrades complement and support the existing technology which includes solar panels, battery storage, wind turbines and hydroponic growing systems. Thanks to these repairs and renovations, we are able to extend our programming season for more visitors to inspire exploration, discovery and learning!
In 2019, we continued our Climate Change educational programming aboard the Science Barge and at the Ecohouse, a model sustainable home that teaches people of all ages to reduce their carbon footprint, prepare for extreme weather events, and recognize the causes and consequences of climate change.
Based on this work, Groundwork also completed a new distance-learning module thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Literacy Grant program . The online curriculum includes five robust climate change units aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. We invite you to take a look at http://www.groundworkhv.org/climate-change-resilience-learning-module/
Finally, this year we celebrate Jennifer Sloan for nearly a decade of leadership managing our sustainability education program, and welcome Imani Humphries, our new Manager of Sustainability Education. In the spring, you can find Imani on the Science Barge delivering educational classes for visitors of all ages and managing our hydroponic and aquaponics growing systems.
Every dollar of support helps us change places and lives in Westchester County. As 2019 comes to a close, please support the Science Barge with a tax deductible donation today. By making a year-end, personal donation, you're helping us to exponentially increase our impact.

Make your gift to Groundwork Hudson Valley at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1430653?code=home+page

Brigitte Griswold
Executive Director
P.S. Many companies match donations made by their employees! Matching gifts are an important source of revenue for our organization and can make your gift go twice as far. Kindly contact your company HR department or contact Sara Brody at sarab@groundworkhv.org  for more information.