On the Waterfront Unit
The East River is an important ecological habitat, but also an important amenity and resource for people. Discover the historical and current uses of these “working waterfronts” though our educational crafts, activities, and literature below.
Visit this interactive webpage to explore Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park right from your home! Our Park shorelines are rich with ecological diversity and historic artifacts.
Participate in our penny boat challenge! Can you make a boat that floats and also holds weight? Watch the video below and experiment with different boat designs to understand more about buoyancy!
Get creative with these bridge and boat crafts!
Click here to take a historical audio journey through the ever-changing Brooklyn waterfront! Can you correctly piece together a visual timeline based on the soundscapes you hear?
Check out our activity guide, created in celebration of the 137th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge in May. It includes a “parts of the bridge” video lesson, bridge building challenges, arts & writing prompts, and lots of great visuals. There is something for all ages!
Dive deeper into human interactions with the waterfront by visiting a a few of our partner websites!
- Brooklyn Waterfront History (created by Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Bridge Park)
- South Street Seaport - Collections
- Billion Oyster Project - Remote Learning Resources