- Open Waters Initiative
- Bay Ridge 69th Street Eco Dock
- Dyckman Street Eco Dock
- Ferry Transit Program
- Design the Edge
- Harbor Camp
- Task Forces
- Comprehensive Waterfront Plan
- One Stop Permitting
- State of the Waterfront
- Waterfront Revitalization Plan
- Upcoming Events
- City of Water Day
- 2013 Waterfront Conference
- Past Events
- MWA 2012 General Assembly
- 2012 Waterfront Conference
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- Morning Plenary
- Access and Equity Panel
- Adapting to Climate Change Panel
- Emerging Sustainable Harbor Panel
- Ferries Bang for the Buck Panel
- Harbor Coalition: The Heavy Lift Panel
- Harbor Coalition: Waterfront Project Workshop
- Implementing Water Quality Panel
- Lunch Panel: Climate Change
- NJ Comprehensive Waterfront Plan Panel
- Open Up the Harbor!
- Safety and Real Time Water Quality Panel
- Saturday Morning Keynote
- Use Public Money Wisely Workshop
- Wakes Panel
- Waterfront Design Panel
- Waterfront Financing and Governing Panel
- World Class Attraction Panel
- 2012 Heroes of the Harbor Awards
- 2011 Waterfront Conference Floating Follow-Up
- 2010 Waterfront Conference
- CONFERENCE PROGRAM
- Morning Keynote and Plenary Sessions
- Conference Sponsors
- Historic Boats
- Ecology & Economy Workshop
- A Plan to Bring Our Harbor Back to Life
- Future of the Port
- Recreational Revolution
- Opportunities for Green Infrastructure
- Oyster & the Clean Water Act
- Show Us the Money
- Waterfront Edge Design
- A Green Working Waterfront
- Water Mass Transit
- Program Recap
- Climate Change Resiliency
- Dredged Materials Management
- Harbor Education
- Waterfront Action Agenda
Every Child in the Water and Every Child on the Water
For almost a decade, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance has sponsored Harbor Camp, a partnership between MWA and United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) that links providers of water-related education to pre-existing camp programs. Harbor Camp provides a meaningful, water-based summer camp experience to hundreds of children in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area; children who might not otherwise have opportunities for this type of educational experience.
Harbor Camp is run by the MWA, which acts as a liaison to providers of water-related educational trips. Once providers are secured for the summer, information on provided trips is sent to camps signed on with UNH. Camp programs receive a budget amount, and can choose the trips they would like to go on during the summer within that budget. Once trips are booked, the MWA provides funding for the trips through our generous donors.
Our passion for Harbor Camp is based on the possibility that every child in the metropolitan area has an opportunity to be on the water that surrounds and defines our region’s economy, geography, ecology, and history. Since 2004, Harbor Camp has brought community waterfront education to over 9,000 children. We organize, on average, 25 field trips per summer.
Harbor Camp's aim is to provide ecological, environmental, maritime, and/or historical education alongside fun and entertainment, and to cultivate stewardship in its participants. It aims to elicit from these young students a desire to protect and preserve the environmental integrity of their natural resources and instill a sense of the history of our region.
In 2012, MWA attained high attendance and expanded participation in Harbor Camp. This included new partnerships with the South Street Seaport Museum, Brooklyn Bridge Park Kayak Program, The River Project, and Blue Classroom. There were thirteen total trip options in 2012, a Harbor Camp record.
Also in 2012, we partnered with the New York Harbor School for the third consecutive year. Through this partnership, MWA increased the number of middle school children attending Harbor Camp and raised awareness about New York Harbor School’s college-preparatory education built on New York’s maritime tradition.
Campers involved in the New York Harbor School program took the ferry to Governors Island to take a tour of the new facility, to learn about local ecology, marine science, water quality, and human impact, and to learn the history of the NY Harbor and the significance of Governors Island. Campers explored the Eco Dock at Pier 101 and learned more about harbor water quality, oyster aquaculture, and how to monitor and improve the health of the entire harbor.
After the trip, interested students were entered into the school’s database, which is used in a lottery for awarding seats at the New York Harbor School. This partnership has furthered the New York Harbor School’s goals of reaching students from underserved parts of New York City, and will help interested students continue the maritime education they began at Harbor Camp.
Harbor Camp is a vital part of MWA’s public outreach, and is an invaluable investment in the future of the city’s waterfront. By bringing children to the water for education and recreation now, the health and well-being of our city’s waterfront and citizens can be better ensured for the future. As Harbor Camp continues to expand, the program will increase New Yorkers’ exposure to, and awareness of, the opportunities and challenges presented by our waterfront.
For more information about Harbor Camp, contact Cortney Worrall, Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.