Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Environmental Education Center. Eagle archive photo by Mary Frost
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy plans to celebrate the official reopening and sixth anniversary of the Environmental Education Center Saturday September 25 at 99 Plymouth Street. in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The free, family-friendly afternoon includes special birthday festivities inside the Education Center, as well as outdoor activities presented in conjunction with Billion Oyster Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge Parents and the New York State Department of Conservation.
The Environmental Education Center has been closed since the start of the pandemic and will reopen in limited capacity for weekly opening hours Tuesdays and Thursdays (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturdays (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) with protocols COVID-19 and forced security measures.
Opened in 2015 in a building that previously served as the city’s water meter test facility, the center is the base of the Conservancy’s education programs and has served more than 10,000 schoolchildren each year, according to the Conservancy.
Taking advantage of its unique waterfront location, the Center offered unique experiences for children and teachers. The Great Brooklyn Bridge class, for example, allowed students to tour the bridge and learn about engineering concepts, while the Awesome Oyster program allowed children to make scientific measurements through hands-on work. with oysters, according to a 2017 Eagle article.
On September 25, visitors are invited to explore educational exhibits and unique animals, and participate in a wide range of kid-friendly activities, including crafts, a community art project using recycled materials, a mini photo booth, treasure hunts in the park and more. The Brooklyn Public Library will present a nature-themed story hour at 2:30 p.m. on the stairs at Pebble Beach.
“Throughout the pandemic, our environmental educators have worked hard to deliver creative outdoor and virtual programs for children and families to learn and explore,” said Nancy Webster, executive director of Conservancy. “We look forward to reopening the Environmental Education Center on September 25 and welcoming the public to this festive celebration of the Centre’s sixth anniversary.”
“The Conservancy’s environmental programming offers so much to children and families. We are delighted that Conservancy can reopen its doors and once again offer educational programs from the Education Center, ”said Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Participants and staff are required to wear masks at all times, and all visitors aged 12 or older are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines. -19, as well as a valid identity document. A maximum of 25 visitors are allowed at a time in the Education Center.
The Conservancy’s education programs began in 2008 with a grant from U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn), according to Eagle reporter Mary Frost. When the building, funded by board member Stephen Levin and Con Edison, opened in 2015, then Brooklyn Bridge Park president Regina Myer hailed it as a “turning point in DUMBO” that open the Plymouth Street portion of the park in the neighborhood for the first time.