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Together with your support, we can restore our Harbor.
Billion Oyster Project is proud to be among the NYRR’s official Charity Partners for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.
About Billion Oyster Project:
Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is on a mission to restore oyster reefs to NY Harbor through public education initiatives. Restoring oysters and reefs will restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity.
To date, the BOP has restored 28 million oysters, educated over 10,000 students through restoration-focused STEM curriculum, engaged over 9,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration activities, and diverted 1 million pounds of shell from landfill to reuse as reef substrate.
Billion Oyster Project was born out of the New York Harbor School, which provides a college preparatory education built upon NYC’s marine & maritime industry. The education instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and gives them the skills needed for careers on the water. As sophomores, Harbor School students enroll in one of seven career and technical education (CTE) programs of study including Aquaculture, Vessel Operations, Marine Biology Research, Professional Diving, Ocean Engineering, Maritime Policy & Advocacy, and Marine Systems Technology. Each CTE program has a role within the Billion Oyster Project that extends students’ education from the classroom into a real world context.