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About

The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm and agricultural center owned by Groundwork Hudson Valley since October 2008. The Science Barge, floating greenhouse 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, thus operating completely “off the grid.” It is one of the first fully functioning demonstrations of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It is currently 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 April through the beginning of October.

 

Public Hours

The Science Barge is open to the public for a suggested donation of $5 per person on weekends and occasional evenings for tours and workshops.

Public Hours are from April to October, every Saturday & Sunday from 12PM–6PM

Open Harvest is every Saturday from June–October from 12PM–4PM

Arts & Science Sundays are every Sunday from 1PM-3PM


Schedule a Field Trip

Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Science Barge offers field trips for school groups grades 1–12, summer camps grades 1–12, university classes and clubs, community groups, adult groups, corporate groups, and many more. Our school field trips are offered Monday through Thursday, starting from  10AM–1PM with flexibility. The average visit is 2 hours with around 25 to 30 students. We can only accommodate a maximum of 35 students per visit, but you may book multiple visits in one day. We require at least one adult chaperone (teacher, parent, adult) to every 10 students while on the barge.

If you have questions about bringing a group on the Science Barge, please contact our crew at sciencebarge@groundworkhv.org.

Pricing

PLEASE READ: The month of May and October can only accept full value pricing. April and June–Sept accept discounted rates for qualifying schools. Please review our updated pricing below:

*Yonkers Public Schools and Title I School (with documentation of Title I status)

 

90 Min (Tour + Short Activity/Lunch): $325, *$225

2 Hour (Tour + Activity/Lunch): $400, *$300

Barge Tour

The Science Barge tour is an engaging and interactive experience students will never forget.

 

Example Itinerary

10–10:10am

Educators greet class off of the barge outside of the entrance gate and go over the on-barge rules and split the students into 2–4 even groups.

 

10:10–10:20am

Educators will seat students on the barge and give a short introduction of the space.

 

10:20–11am

Educators will take individual groups of students and rotate them throughout active barge stations; station examples include nutrient cycling, soilless growing systems, greenroof, energy systems, river outlook, germination table, and more.

 

11–12pm

This time would be used for an activity and/or *lunch program.

*We do NOT provide lunch.

 

Activities

For 90 minute and 2 hour programs we offer the opportunity to add an activity to your 1 hour tour of the Science Barge. These hands-on activities further the students’ understanding of sustainability through interactive teamwork and fun!

 

Let us know what they’re learning in the classroom, our esteemed educators can weave in related topics during both the tour and activity portions of your visit

 

Find our updated activity list HERE.

 

Accessibility

The Science Barge is located in downtown South Yonkers, at

99 Dock St.

Yonkers N.Y. 10701

 

We are right off of the Metro North Yonkers Station on the Hudson Line, as well as the Saw Mill Parkway and Cross County Parkway. Bus parking is available, please see our bus map HERE.

 

The Science Barge is fully accessible by wheelchair. If wheelchair accessibility is needed, please inform our instructors. Please note that we are floating on the Hudson River, the barge will gently rock with the tides every so often. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact our crew at sciencebarge@groundworkhv.org or 914.375.2151

 

Waivers

Our Liability and Release waiver must be completed for each student attending the visit. Please review our Groundwork Hudson Valley FAQs before booking your visit.

 

Book Your Visit

Complete our booking request form HERE, the form asks for three preferred dates.

 

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