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 if you are interested in booking.

Click here to see the “Seen in NY” video about our educational programs

An overview of a Science Barge tour

Hope Floats – Article from Natural Awakenings


For weekend walk-ons, we have a $5 suggested donation.  Free for children 10 years old and younger!

May – End of October Weekend Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm
$5 suggested donation

Open Volunteer Hours:
Sundays 10am-12pm For details email

Click here for photos of the Barge’s move to Yonkers.

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