EDUCATION

One way we build coastal community resiliency is through free and accessible coastal education. We create opportunites for the community to learn about the coastal environment, the changing climate as well as impacts to our urban landscape.  We provide programming and hold events on marine and climate education to youth and adults in East Boston and neighboring communities on a regular basis to assure that the community has the opportunity to learn and engage anytime about waterfront and coastal issues. This also includes understanding the Port of Boston maritime activities and their importance in the City of Boston's growth and economy.  We weave environmental education in all of our work as a way to foster environmental stewardship and inspire others to take action. Our modus operandi is always through building coalitions and partnerships and fostering collaboration with a wide range of groups, organizations and other stakeholders.

The Climate NaTURE Program

Now in its 2nd year in a row, the Climate NaTURE (Nature as Teacher for Urban Resiliency Education), a program originally conceived by Eastie Farm, teaches hands-on environmental and climate education to the children  at the Donald McKay Elementary as well as at the after school Maverick Landing Community Services' Makerspace, through a partnership between the Harborkeepers, Eastie Farm and the Piers Park Sailing Center. The lessons are taught by local climate educators from partner organizations in an engaging, hands-on way and also incorporates expertise from expert agencies and institutions. This innovative model of teaching urban communities about the coastal environment leverages resources, builds consensus on climate education, fortifies partnerships and closes the inequitable resiliency gap. Some of the guest program presenters and educators have come from Boston Water and Sewer Commission, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Public Health Commission's Office of Public Health Preparedness, the United States Coast Guard, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Boston Planning and Development Agency, NOAA Marine Fisheries, Boston Harbor Now, and others. The Climate NaTURE program is currently expanding to additional schools in East Boston and neighboring communities.

Harborkeepers brings coastal education opportunities to various local schools, housing developments and community centers with targeted events and activities while at the same time continuing to build partnerships and bring more resources to the community.  

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Harborkeepers in Community Spaces and Events

Connecting with people of all backgrounds in different spaces allows us to build trust, local capacity, knowledge and social infrastructure, which will in turn help build coastal community resiliency. Check out the list of  events we've attended. If you would like to contact us to participate in your event, please email us

  • Shore Plaza East Apartments Unity Day 2018

  • New England Aquarium World Oceans Day 2018

  • Piers Park Sailing Center Summer Sailing Youth Camp

  • East Boston Community Soup Kitchen

  • James Otis Elementary NEAQ Marine Educator Training 

  • USDOT Volpe National Transportation Center Green Vendor Fair

  • Charlestown Massachusetts General Hospital Preparedness Day

  • Excel Academy Moore Street Community Volunteer Day

  • Maverick Association of Residents Maverick Unity Day

  • Curtis Guild Elementary Open House

  • Trustees of Reservations Summer Youth Conservation Corps

  • EBNHC East Boston Parent Asthma Network

  • 2019 MassPort Aviation & Maritime STEM Expo

  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy Job Fair 2019

  • Countdown to Kindergarten 2018 & 2019 Kickoff

  • Maverick Landing Community Services -

        Maverick Square Connector

  • East Boston Farmer's Market

  • Greenovate Boston Discover Moakley!

  • The East Boston Social Center Resource Fair

  • BCYF Paris Street Community Center

  • Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh Fall Festival

  • MassDCR's Winter Campfire Festival

  • Tour of MWRA's Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Tour of Nantucket Lightship - LV-112

  • Eastie Pride Day 

  • Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and UMass Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab Dance for a World Community & Emergency Climate Meet

Setting an example for environmental stewardship.

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