Brooklyn Students Want to Teach You About New York's Waterways This Week

By Nikhita Venugopal on July 31, 2014 2:44pm 

 Camp RESTORE students kayaking and canoeing along the Brooklyn waterfront section of Jamaica Bay during the camp's water sports session. More than 70 Brooklyn youth in Gowanus and Red Hook are taking part in the summer camp program that teaches science, engineering and protecting New York City’s waterways.
Camp RESTORE students kayaking and canoeing along the Brooklyn waterfront section of Jamaica Bay during the camp's water sports session. More than 70 Brooklyn youth in Gowanus and Red Hook are taking part in the summer camp program that teaches science, engineering and protecting New York City’s waterways.
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RED HOOK — Red Hook will have a chance to learn about New York’s waterways and how they’re being protected by a group of environmentally conscious middle school students this week.

More than 70 students became “stewards of their environment” for Camp RESTORE, a summer program that focused on learning about STEM subjects and actively protecting the city’s harbor, coordinators said.

The camp will culminate in a community event at Red Hook’s Miccio Center on Friday where the sixth-to-eighth grade students from P.S. 32, P.S. 676, P.S. 15 will “really have a chance to show off their new knowledge,” said Jennifer Zanger, division director for South Brooklyn after-school programs.

At the event, smaller groups of students will talk about their summer restoration work, which included lessons in marine biology and ocean engineering, kayaking in Jamaica Bay and helping to restore one billion oysters to the New York Harbor.

Camp RESTORE launched in 2013 but has grown and expanded this year with support from Good Shepherd Services, the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, the New York Harbor Foundation and Time Water Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. 

Camp RESTORE’s community event will be held Aug. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Miccio Center, located at 110 West Ninth St. in Red Hook. 

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