Billion Oyster Project is a nonprofit organization on a mission to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Why oysters?
Their reefs provide habitat for many marine species, have the ability to filter water, and help shield New York City shorelines from storm damage. Founded on the belief that restoration without education is temporary, and observing that learning outcomes improve when students have the opportunity to work on real restoration projects, Billion Oyster Project collaborates with public schools. The crew designs STEM curriculum
for NYC schools through the lens of oyster restoration, and engages Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
students in large-scale restoration projects, collects discarded oyster shells from dozens of NYC restaurants, and engages the local community. The project has planted 75 million oysters across 12 acres and 15 reef sites, with the help of more than 8,000 students and 11,000 volunteers.
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