Our NATURE Lab initiative will be housed in the Sanctuary’s Environmental Education Center. We have transformed an abandoned building on 3319 6th Avenue into a collaborative resource for the North Troy community. We seek to empower the public with grassroots science through our The DIY Community Science Lab in partnership with other Sanctuary initiatives including People’s Health Sanctuary and Collard City Growers.
One block from the Hudson River, our environmental education campus – including Collard City Growers (garden, L-Lot and Food Cycle), the NATURE Lab Residency Space and Freedom Square – offers programming including community workshops, public art installations, artist residencies, research activities, and after school activities.
We hope to find more ways that NATURE Lab can support quality of life in North Central Troy, one of the most environmentally devastated neighborhoods of New York State. We seek to combine global expertise with local knowledge to address issues unique to the North Troy ecosystem and surrounding community.
More about our Level 1 Community Science Lab
We are constructing a Biosafety Level 1 Community DIY Biology Laboratory on the first floor of this building, supplied with basic molecular biology scientific equipment.
We will be able to conduct research for ongoing projects around local urban environmental issues: air, water and soil contamination/pollution. Public workshops will offer science literacy skills to understand the impact of environmental justice. Our community science lab and will include an outdoor living learning space with therapeutic medicinal gardens and restorative open-air terraces and meeting areas.
Our collaborating partnerships include the Water Justice Lab with Riverkeeper. The project will establish a water quality sampling lab, educate diverse communities about water literacy and water civics (water issues and how to make a difference), develop the advocacy capacity of the North Troy area, and strengthen a network of environmental justice advocates focused on water issues in the Hudson River Watershed.
Leadership and Support
This initiative is led by Professor Kathy High, Project Coordinator; Branda Miller, Arts and Education Coordinator; Melissa Bromley, Development Director; Media Sanctuary Executive, Director Steve Pierce; Health Autonomy Clinic: Francis Coughlin and JJ Lucerno. Project design and construction: Architectural firm TAP, lead Barb Nelson. Architecture advisor Joe Fama. Construction company lead: David Downer. With generous funds from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
While the Sanctuary is closed due to coronavirus, our presence on the block continues with social distance gardening! We’re asking gardeners to schedule some time in the garden so we can work together at a safe distance.