Student Programs
August 2021 Update: Registration is now open for our Fall 2021 education programs for high school students: the “River Research Program” and “Virtual River Research Program.” Click here for more information and click here to register.
We successfully concluded our first Bridgeport River Research Program as a virtual/in-person hybrid program this spring with 35 students from 9 different Bridgeport high schools. Click HERE to view the students’ fantastic presentations in our Virtual Symposium and click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation slides. 

 

Undergraduate Students

High School Students

Time Frame – May through August (annually)

Capacity – 4-6 Undergraduates Students

Summary – Immerse yourself in a scientific internship like no other, participate in ongoing research projects varying in scope from instream and storm sewer water quality testing and public beach water testing to dissolved oxygen profile surveys and demersal fish studies. Through on-the-job training, interns are taught proper field and laboratory techniques using state-of-the-art equipment in a State of Connecticut-certified laboratory. No prior experience is necessary, but interns must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of conditions.

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Time Frame – September through December

Capacity – 6 High School Students Per Group (2 Groups; Monday or Wednesday)

Summary – Get the chance to work as a team with fellow students from schools throughout Fairfield County to analyze a local waterway for bacteria and nutrient pollution while learning field and laboratory skills, data analysis, and presentation skills. This program concludes with the opportunity to present at a symposium, attended by community members including teachers, municipal officials, and commercial oystermen. This program will meet in person at Earthplace.

Register here.

Time Frame – September - November

Capacity – Up to 50 Students

Summary – Students will get the opportunity to learn remotely from Harbor Watch staff on a variety of topics, while also participating in hands-on activities through in-person events. The program includes weekly discussions on water quality and related topics, interactive demonstration day to learn research methods, student field day to collect and analyze water samples, and virtual symposium. All students in grades 9-12 welcome!

Register here.

Time Frame – February - April

Capacity – Up to 50 Students

Summary – Students will get the opportunity to learn remotely from Harbor Watch staff on a variety of topics, while also participating in hands-on activities through in-person events. The program includes weekly discussions on water quality and related topics with a focus on local waterways in Bridgeport, interactive demonstration day to learn research methods, student field day to collect and analyze water samples, and virtual symposium. Registration open to students attending Bridgeport high schools only.

Time Frame – June – August

Capacity – 6 Students per session (you may sign up for as many or as few sessions as you like)

Summary – Join us and serve as crew onboard our research vessel, Annie, a converted oyster scow set up to trawl for fish and other organisms dwelling in the lower portion of the water column of Norwalk Harbor. Perform tasks onboard ranging from recording coordinates to sorting the day’s catch! No experience necessary, but must be comfortable onboard a boat.

We hope to resume this program in 2022.

Time Frame – Two weeks in July (dates TBA)

Capacity – 6 High School Students

Summary – Spend each day immersed in science research projects and gain firsthand experiences in possible career options. This is a curriculum-based program and includes data collection, laboratory analysis, ecological surveys, and field trips to local businesses that use water quality practices in their day to day activities

We hope to resume this program in 2022.

Time Frame – Final Month of School Year

Capacity – 6 High School Students

Summary – Spend 25 hours each week immersed in science research projects and gain firsthand experiences in possible career options. This is a curriculum-based program and will include data collection, laboratory analysis, ecological surveys, and field trips to local businesses that use water quality practices in their day to day activities.

We hope to resume this program in 2022.