Many children and adults alike are so disconnected from their waterfront that they don’t realize they most likely live on one of the four boroughs that is an island. Part of our work is to educate the public about the geography of the estuary region in which we live and how we can all become more connected to our waters.
East River C.R.E.W. personnel actively participate in the Harbor Education Task Force of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Together, we are in the process of developing and disseminating a set of “Harbor Literacy Points” aligned with NY and NJ state educational standards. A January 30, 2012 draft of the Harbor Literacy Points , is available.
We also work with our partners to promote NYC’s adventure- and information-packed City of Water Day , which inducts many citizens onto the benefits and responsibilities of living in a city comprised mostly of islands.