Center serves over 40,000 students and families
Special Open Hours on Sunday, September 10, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
BROOKLYN, NY September 5, 2017 — Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the second-year anniversary of the opening of the Environmental Education Center. To celebrate the occasion, the Conservancy invites the public to special open hours on Sunday, September 10 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The day will feature puppet shows, animal feeding, craft projects, and free refreshments.
The Ed Center serves as the home base for the Conservancy’s innovative and immersive education programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. In its first two years, it hosted 18,857 students from school and camp programs. Taking advantage of its unique waterfront location, the Center offers students and teachers one-of-a-kind experiences: the Great Brooklyn Bridge class, for example, allows students to tour the Bridge and learn about engineering concepts, while the Awesome Oyster program empowers children to make scientific measurements through hands-on work with oysters.
Outside of school programs, the Center also hosts open hours for the general public. During these free sessions, visitors learn about the history and ecology of the Park. With over 1,000 hours to date, the Center has served 21,596 children and families.
“The Environmental Education Center has been a great resource for the community,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “With rotating exhibits, new displays, and original programming, you learn more and more about the Park with every visit.”
“Since opening its doors two years ago, the Environmental Education Center has been a great success and we are thrilled to see so many families taking advantage of these programs,” said Eric Landau, Brooklyn Bridge Park President. “We know the Ed Center will be enjoyed by many more visitors in the years to come. I congratulate the Conservancy on its continued success.”
“We’re excited to celebrate the Ed Center’s anniversary next Sunday,” said Isa del Bello, Director of Education at the Conservancy. “We’ll have special activities and crafts to mark the anniversary of this incredible learning space.”
Major support for the Environmental Education Center has been generously provided by New York City Council Member Stephen Levin and Con Edison.
“Our communal spaces are not just an opportunity for much-needed recreation, but education as well,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “Brooklyn Bridge Park has done an outstanding job providing communities across the borough opportunities to learn more about local ecology and resiliency efforts. I look forward to yet another year of enriching our community’s next generation of leaders.”
“We’re proud of how much the Environmental Education Center has accomplished in just two years,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “With each year, it will continue to be a rich learning experience for anyone who visits.”
In addition to its school-based classes, the Conservancy provides over 600 free cultural, educational, and recreational events in the Park each year.