Floating Wetlands: Engagement & Education

The Floating Wetland is an exciting way to engage community members in learning about water quality and the Charles River’s health! As part of a research project out of Northeastern University, the wetland will further scientific understandings of impaired water bodies like the Charles. Additionally, the wetland is a focal point for wider public discussions regarding the river and water quality. We hope you will learn more about the challenges the Charles River faces and the role of the Floating Wetland by exploring the resources on this page.

BACKGROUND ON THE WETLAND

MAKING OF THE FLOATING WETLAND
Learn more about the project through our Making of the Wetland video.

PLANTING AND ASSEMBLY
Curious how the floating wetland was planted and assembled before being placed into the Charles River? Watch a time-lapse of our team on installation day to catch a glimpse of the process.

VIRTUAL EVENING EVENT
On September 24th, 2020, community members joined us for an informative virtual event! Watch the event recording to hear from Executive Director Laura Jasinski and Ph.D. Candidate Max Rome.

VIDEO SERIES

Learn more about the ecological concepts behind the floating wetland and the hypothesis that the research team will study through our video series. If you have two minutes, start with the “Introduction,” which gives a broad overview of everything. Then take a deeper dive by watching the 3-part series; each video is just a few minutes long.

PLANT SPECIES ON THE ISLAND

Want to know what’s growing on the wetland? Check out the full list of native wetland species featured to learn about their notable characteristics, bloom period, and more!

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH PROGRAM

Curious about the science behind the project? Dive into the details by visiting the project’s research website, maintained by the Northeastern research team:

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Because public engagement is central to the mission and success of the project, we have taken several opportunities to attend community events and developed unique interactive games to demonstrate ecological concepts to folks of all ages. Though our in-person activities are currently limited due to the pandemic, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

“Floating Wetland” card game at the Cambridge Arts River Festival!
“Floating Wetland” tag at the Kendall Square Challenge.

FLOATING WETLAND MODELS

As part of a pilot program, we worked with teachers, educators, and students in Cambridge to help them create their very own floating wetlands! Developed in partnership with the MIT SeaGrant and support from the MIT Community service Fund, the STEAM Activity Kit provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about Charles River ecology, pollution, and water quality. This booklet, created for a four week class for grades 3-6, includes lessons and activities that fit within a one-hour period. Activity Kits explore the lifecycle of daphnia and show changes in water when daphnia, spirulina, and a wetland are present in the same environment!

Want to know more about something in particular? Email Taylor Leonard at tleonard@thecharles.org.