NYC H2O’s mission is to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology. Through providing public and school programs at NYC’s historic reservoirs, parklands, watersheds, bays, rivers and wetlands, we encourage diverse constituencies to engage with their city’s local water ecology and challenges.
NYC H2O seeks to expand our program of free, guided field trips for NYC schoolchildren. Our program takes an immersive learning approach, highlighting the elements of New York’s reservoirs and wetlands as critical components of today’s water system. The program goals are to:
- Inform and foster curiosity among students about their local water system, infrastructure, NYC history and water ecology;
- Introduce students to nature and involve them in physical activity;
- Foster stewardship and urban belonging for New York’s youngest residents, including immigrant children, by familiarizing them with, and giving them a stake in their city’s water ecology,
- Encourage an active and responsible citizenry by making visible the human capital and resources required to maintain a clean and reliable water system.