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Science program at Yonkers waterfront aims to educate youth about climate change

‘Global, Local and Coastal’ will teach hundreds of students in local district

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A unique science program hosted on a waterfront Yonkers barge is teaching students about preparing for climate change.

The science barge floats on the Hudson River in Yonkers' downtown waterfront community, a spot where a new curriculum on climate change and resiliency will be taught to hundreds of students.

The four-year “Global, Local and Coastal” program was made possible with $468,000 in grant money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ground Work Hudson Valley, the organization that runs the barge, claimed the money after winning a national environmental literacy grant competition.

Their hopes are to educate, inspire and prepare a generation growing up in an ever-changing climate.

The course starts within the Yonkers School District. The students then spend some time learning on the barge, their next stop is Sarah Lawrence College's Center for the Urban River at Beczak.

About 600 Yonkers students will have spots in the program. Thousands of others are expected to visit the barge. Exhibits on the boat will be open to the public on select weekends.

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