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Science at Sunset on the Science Barge

Science at Sunset on the Science Barge

May 25–June 29
Science Barge, Yonkers


Groundwork Hudson Valley presents
Science at Sunset on the Science Barge

2017 Summer Lecture Series
All lectures are from 7pm–8:30pm
Light refreshments • $5 Suggested Donation


May 25 – Basic Hydroponics and Aquaponics, with Jennifer Sloan
Jennifer Sloan has been the Director of Education and greenhouse manager at the Science Barge for Groundwork Hudson Valley since 2012.
Working in the environmental field since 2004, Jennifer spent 5 years as a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center and began a love of farming in 2009- first apprenticing with Restoration Farm on Long Island and then with Keith’s Farm in upstate New York.  Under her leadership, Groundwork was recognized for its sustainability education by the Omega Institute in 2014 and received a prestigious grant to teach youth about climate change resiliency on the Science Barge from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bucknell University in Animal Behavior.

June 1 – River Talk and the Movie Lost Rivers, with Ann-Marie Mitroff
As River Program Director for Groundwork USA, Ann-Marie Mitroff serves as a co-coordinator of the EPA Urban Waters Learning Network with partner organization, River Network. Using her 20+ years of on-the-ground experience in managing conservation and river projects in urban areas, she provides  guidance and program perspectives to urban waters practitioners across the country, including local Groundwork Trusts, through the Urban Waters Learning Network. Ann-Marie is also Groundwork Hudson Valley’s River Program Director.  She coordinated the City of Yonkers’ habitat plan and community engagement process on the 8-year Saw Mill River Daylighting project, completed in 2012. Ann-Marie has an MPA from Seattle University and a BA from the University of Washington.

June 15 – Sub-Irrigated Growing, with Nathan Hunter
Nathan has been an active grower of fruits and veggies since his earliest memories in his family garden.  He gained experience running Manhattan College’s community garden, as well as designing and constructing the college’s first rooftop garden, in cooperation with Groundwork, which he continues to run as a summer internship program.  After college, he worked in Tanzania managing agricultural research and alternative biogas energy for cooking.  As Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Director of Healthy Communities, Nathan works closely with the community, running many of the land and river programs, the Citizen Farmer program, the Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, and the Free-A-Tree invasive vine removal program.

June 22 – The Passivhaus and the Sustainable Urban Community, with Robert Hothan
Robert Hothan studied Passivhaus architecture design in Austria and interned in Germany. Living and studying in Europe helped further ingrain a common sense energy efficient mentality. Robert believes that creating energy-efficient structures results in comfortable spaces and sustainable urban living arrangements. Well known as “that downtown guy,” Robert has been credited with being the first Yonkers downtown developer to be granted permission to create live/work lofts in 1999.

June 29 – A Night with Community Garden Guru, Lucy Moreno
Lucy is a long-time Community Coordinator for Greyston Project, where she has worked since 1995.  In the past, she has worked for Beczak Environmental Education Center and the Yonkers Board of Education. Throughout her garden projects, she has been able to touch many lives, educate children, and provide services to residents of Yonkers.  She has observed changes through the years in eating habits and community involvement.  Lucy believes volunteers are at the core of many of her success stories.

The Science Barge is located at 99 Dock St., Yonkers, NY  10701
For more details, contact (914) 375-2151 or visit Groundworkhv.org


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