Environmental “Ed Shed” 2019-06-02T19:42:00+00:00

Project Description

Environmental “Ed Shed”

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Boat Club (formerly North Brooklyn Community Boathouse)
2014 Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance; Sarah Durand, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York; Jane Bekwith and Kestrel Perez, St. Joseph’s College; Boy Scouts of America, Troop 469 “Pride of Greenpoint;” and North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance)
2018 Project Partners: Eco-Schools, Environmental Science Department at LaGuardia Community College, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Newtown Creek Alliance, NYCH20
Project Locations: North Brooklyn Boat Club at 437 McGuinness Boulevard / 41 Ash Street; and Greenpoint-wide
Fact Sheet Environmental “Ed Shed” PDF
2014 GCEF Grant: $24,426 2018 GCEF Grant: $88,784
2014 Matching Contribution: $3,600 2018 Matching Contribution: $24,827
2014 Project Status: Completed (September 2015) 2018 Project Status: Ongoing

In 2014, North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) received a $24,426 GCEF grant (and provided $3,600 in matching funds) to support ongoing environmental education programming at the Education Shed, aka “ED Shed.” Established by NBBC, in conjunction with LaGuardia Community College, the ED Shed is a hands-on environmental education and research center that connects Greenpoint residents to their surrounding waterways. The GCEF grant was used to develop and expand community workshops, as well as training for educators on marine sciences and aquatic conditions specific to Newtown Creek and the East River, including water testing, wildlife monitoring, and plankton sampling. Over the life of the project, the ED Shed offered environmental education programming to 845 participants at 48 events, and involved over 15 different local community groups and education institutions. The GCEF grant also supported the creation and maintenance of an instructional aquarium, which holds such species as local fish, crab, mollusks, and invertebrates. Print materials, including a poster series, outreach cards, and a workbook, were created to enhance the educational programming. Since completing the GCEF grant, the ED Shed has continued to host numerous field trips and educational events. The Ed Shed programming continues to operate using much of the equipment purchased by GCEF funds.

  • Educated 845 community members at 48 events about marine sciences and aquatic conditions specific to Newtown Creek and the East River
  • Involved 15 different local community groups and education institutions in the education of Greenpoint residents about their waterways
  • Supported the creation of an instructional aquarium displaying species native to Newtown Creek, including local fish, crab, mollusks, and invertebrates

In 2018, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) was awarded $88,784 in additional funding from GCEF for equipment, personnel, and materials, including multi-user canoes. This additional funding will allow the Ed Shed to further establish itself as a local educational hub by expanding its community-based and on-the-water “Floating Classroom” environmental programming, and enhancing its facilities along Newtown Creek.


August 2018: In July, NBBC began offering weekly open hours, thus furthering public access to and awareness of its facilities and programming. With GCEF’s support, the Club is also making improvements to its physical space and canoe fleet that support its environmental education activities.

In the fall, NBBC continued to offer public programming, including “public paddles,” which are slightly longer paddling trips open to non-members. NBBC also moved forward with additional improvements to its space, such as replacing its front fence.

February 2019: Two new, larger, and more stable 29′ canoes with capacity for 12 people each were purchased with GCEF funding and are expected to be delivered before the start of the boating season in May 2020. NBBC has scheduled a series of public paddles in May and June.


The Eyes and Ears of Newtown Creek (Scienceline, April 8, 2015)