Community Science Laboratory

The community biology laboratory in NATURE Lab is a space to teach science skills and study our local urban environment. This Biosafety-level 1 lab, much like a high school classroom laboratory, is open to the entire community. We offer workshops and classes to teach science literacy and basic microbiology skills. We conduct in-house, hands-on research for our environmental justice projects which look at our air (Air Justice Lab), soil (Our Soil/ Nuestros Suelo project), and water, (Water Justice Lab).

This lab is made possible with the generous help of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, The Bender Scientific Fund, Riverkeeper, Troy Architecture Project (TAP), Troy Community Land Bank, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, our sustainers, and the our endless number of volunteers.

A brown-skinned person wearing lab goggles, a surgical mask, and blue vinyl gloves examines a small vial of liquid.
A group of people of various ages, all wearing surgical masks, work in the NATURE Lab.
Three young people, all wearing surgical masks and gloves, work with vials of clear liquid in the NATURE Lab.
A light-skinned person wearing glasses, a black KN95 mask, and white vinyl gloves works with small tools in the NATURE Lab.
A dark-skinned girl, wearing a surgical mask and gloves, puts water sample packets into the refrigerator at the NATURE Lab.
Several people, wearing blue surgical gloves, work with Ziploc bags of soil samples in the NATURE Lab.

Projects housed at the lab

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