Since 2017, Hewitt high school students have been helping the Billion Oyster Project, an organization dedicated to regenerating New York Harbor’s oyster reefs, solve a local, real-world challenge. Oyster reefs do important work in a marine ecosystem by removing water pollutants, providing habitats for a wide variety of organisms, and reducing flooding and erosion. The Billion Oyster Project relies on community scientists to achieve their mission, and throughout the year Hewitt students conduct hands-on field research by monitoring their oyster research station for oyster growth, biodiversity, and water quality. The data they collect will help the Billion Oyster Project achieve its goal of replenishing New York’s waterways with a critical natural resource.
Solving a Local, Real-World Challenge with the Billion Oyster Project
Tim Clare, K-12 Sustainability Coordinator