In 2004 Dr Ted Caplow founded New York Sun Works and created the Science Barge; a floating, sustainable urban farm located on the Hudson River. It was the first demonstration of a high-yield, commercial-grade urban food production facility which was powered by wind and solar energy, heated with vegetable oil, and irrigated by rainwater.
Inspired by The Science Barge, The Greenhouse Project was started by a small group of public school parents and educators led by project co-founders Sidsel Robards and Manuela Zamora. Concerned about the inadequacies of environmental science education within NYC’s public school system they partnered with NY Sun Works to create the ideal hands-on learning facility, not only to teach about food and nutrition, but to empower students to make educated choices regarding their impact on the environment.
The first Greenhouse Project Lab was completed in the Fall of 2011. Since then we grown to serve school partners in all 5 Boroughs of New York as well as Northern New Jersey and have set a goal of building 100 Greenhouse Project Labs by 2020. Click here to see how we are growing
The ownership of the Science Barge program has been assumed by Groundwork Hudson Valley, located in Yonkers, NY. For information about public tours, opening times and education programming, please follow this link to the Groundwork Hudson Valley website
In 2016 Dr. Ted Caplow opened the Miami Science Barge, a floating marine laboratory and public environmental education center that catalyzes the local effort to build a sustainable Miami. Located on Biscayne Bay, in Miami, FL, the Barge hosts a variety of living systems and marine experiments that display cutting-edge science and engage the public with their environment.
On April 1, 2017 the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science accepted the generous gift of the Miami Science Barge which will serve as a natural extension of the topics and learning opportunities offered by the museum’s Aquarium and science exhibitions. On board the barge, visitors will participate in active investigations into the surrounding marine life—from plankton to fish—while having a front-row view of the manatee families, dolphins and sea birds that sometimes visit the area. As a major focal point for STEM education, the barge will also be a part of the museum’s citizen science (or crowd-sourced science)program, which offers the community an opportunity to connect with ongoing research projects and the work of scientists.
“Incorporating the Science Barge with the museum further amplifies the mission of Frost Science. We are educators, always looking for new and innovative ways for our students to learn.
– Frank Steslow, President of Frost Science.
“The Science Barge is a metaphor for us and for the future of this planet. We can float together, or we’ll surely sink together.”
—New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe
This cutting edge initiative takes a hands-on approach to teaching the next generation critical issues of environmental sustainability, and is a very smart investment in the future”
—Ashok Gupta, Director of Energy Policy, NRDC on The Greenhouse Project