SUBMERGE In Marine Science — Wherever You Are!

Come one, come all, to HRPK’s annual SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival! In the spirit of making marine science and STEM accessible, engaging, and free for all to enjoy safely, we’re going completely virtual this year. That means no matter where you are, you can take part in this exciting day of hands-on marine science.

Join HRPK’s River Project on Thursday, September 24 on Facebook Live for a day full of presentations, Q&A sessions, our new participatory Student Vision Challenge and more, designed to inspire science lovers of all ages. Starting at 11:00 AM, each hour we’ll focus on a different theme, including field science, wildlife, plastics and our changing waterfront. 

This year’s virtual format enables the Park’s River Project team and partner organizations to share our work on these topics from the field in ways we never have before! You’ll enjoy unique opportunities to explore marine science around the Hudson River Estuary and New York Harbor and learn how you can get involved. We’re excited to be joined by a wonderful lineup of festival partners including Biobus, Billion Oyster Project, Clearwater, Gotham Whale, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Randall’s Island, Bronx River Alliance, Cafeteria Culture, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Hofstra University, Waterfront Alliance and Marine Biological Laboratory. You won’t want to miss it.

To sustain SUBMERGE’s celebration of hands-on science, we’re launching our first ever Student Vision Challenge for this year’s festival. Whether working with classmates in school or independently at home, students of all ages are invited to share their vision for the future of the Hudson River! Think big with your designs — you can draw a more resilient shoreline, build a ROV that picks up plastic or imagine an update to NYC’s dated combined sewer system. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Students that share their designs with us here by Wednesday, September 16 have a chance to present their idea LIVE during the festival.

One festival feature that hasn’t changed: SUBMERGE will still bring you outstanding science performances. We’ll have live science experiments that you can follow along with remotely with Al Leszczynski, a dynamic science communicator with a love for all things WATER. This year, we’ll also be joined by Justin Shaifer, a rising star in STEM education and advocacy with a talent for understanding and inspiring Gen Z, for a live animated and interactive talk about STEM careers and marine science.

We’ll kick off the festival at 11:00 AM on September 24 on Facebook Live. Mark your calendars and tune-in for this exciting lineup of marine science!

11:00 AM — Live from the Field
12:00 PM — Wildlife
1:00 PM Plastics
2:00 PM — Student Vision Challenge Presentations
2:30 PM — Live Science Performance 
3:00 PM — Our Changing Waterfront
4:00 PM — Live Science Performance