New! NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center
In 2018 we’re commencing the community-led design process for a new Environmental Education Center. The Center will transform a long-abandoned building at 3319 6th Ave into a resource for the North Troy community. The new space will seek to empower the public with grassroots science through its community science lab. Additionally, we hope to find more ways the Environmental Education Center can give back to the neighborhood. We need your help to do this!
Come to our Community Design Think Tank!
Where: The Sanctuary for Independent Media
When: Tuesday, July 31st @ 1pm (come early for lunch!)
More about NATURE Lab
NATURE Lab stands for North Troy Art, Technology, and Urban Research in Ecology. We’re a volunteer-led urban ecology education initiative. Our ecosystem in North Central Troy is one of the most environmentally devastated neighborhoods of New York State. One block from the Hudson River, our environmental education campus is adjacent to brownfield areas, combined sewer overflows, and seemingly endless litter. The long-gone prosperity of this neighborhood is evident in its architecture, with many historic buildings left vacant and decaying. NATURE Lab seeks to remediate the disrepair through education, resource access, and inspiration.
Artist/scientist teams work with the community around issues of “curing” our local ecologies, and expanding attention to health and nutrition education, urban gardening and composting, food justice, environmental sustainability. This DIY (and do-it-together!) project hosts community workshops, public art installations, artist residencies and ongoing research activities in our surrounding ecosystem, serving the immediate community and surrounding region by teaching art and ecology, providing after school activities for youth, job training programs, and facilitating opportunities to improve the health and welfare of our area. NATURE Lab’s community science center is a living, learning laboratory designed to attract participants from the hyper local to the global.