On Sunday, October 5, Ray Johnson and I donned our Citizen Science Leader shirts and partnered with our friends at Riverkeeper to represent the Water Programme at SUBMERGE!, A Marine Science Festival devoted to brining awareness to NYC's coastal waterways. The day-long festival was presented in partnership with the New York Hall of Science and focused on ocean science while raising awareness of how people influence our local waterways. Noted marine scientists presented current research through hands-on activities and compelling presentations.
Ray and I were able to bring marine science to life by holding interactive demonstrations on water testing. We were able to inspire an audience of all ages as New York's future marine scientists came with their parents to spend the day. The questions and involvement demonstrated great interest, and the crowd was massive! Often we were met with surprise when our audience realized we were not scientists ourselves, but merely volunteers concerned with water quality issues.
Overall it was a brilliant day, and well worth the opportunity to promote our cause.