Mission: NYC H2O’s mission is to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology. Through providing public and school programs at historic reservoirs, parklands, watersheds, bays, rivers, and wetlands, we encourage diverse citizens to advocate for responsible public policy. Our activities promote science-based knowledge of New York’s local ecosystems and of what is needed for urban water resilience in a time when climate change impact continues to escalate.
Results: We began offering the Water Ecology & Engineering STEM Field Trips Program in 2014 for students from second grade to high school. In 2014, the first year of reservoir trips, we gave 50 tours reaching 1,200 students. In 2017, we gave 173 field trips reaching 4,780 students, 90% of whom were from Title I Schools. We have found that adults and children alike are deeply touched by participating in our activities; resulting teacher interest and word of mouth have rapidly expanded the demand for our school tours. Our goal in 2018 is to offer 180 tours reaching 5,000 students.
Programs: In 2014 nyc h2o continued offering adult programs highlighting nyc's water infrastructure and ecology reaching 500 people in total. We also began offering school tours and gave 55 tours of city reservoirs to schools in the five boroughs reaching 1400 students.