About (for info on educational programs click here: Science Barge Education)
The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley in October, 2008 to be operated as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It is now docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier.
The Science Barge is open for weekday educational programs and field trips for schools, camps, and other groups from mid-April through the beginning of November. Programs range from 1-3 hours and cost $250-$525. We are currently scheduling field trips for the summer and fall! Call 914-375-2151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in booking.
For weekend walk-ons, we have a $5 suggested donation. Free for children 10 years old and younger!
Mid-April – November Weekend Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm
$5 suggested donation
Open Volunteer Hours:
Sundays 10am-12pm For details contact Director, Bob Walters
Click here for photos of the Barge’s move to Yonkers.