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Authentic Community Based Learning in New York City: an Holistic Model using the Billion Oyster Project and Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science


"A model that exemplifies the constructivist approach to learning by connecting the students with their community is the Billion Oyster Project which has been established in New York City. This place-based learning model is multidisciplinary, experiential and is situated in a community that is home to 8.5 million humans and countless numbers of aquatic and other terrestrial organisms. As its name implies, the focus of the Billion Oyster Program is to introduce a billion oysters back into New York Harbor. A Herculean endeavor in and of itself but then couple this with the connections to the citizens of the city of New York and the educational goals it has created and the extensiveness of the project can be realized."