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.

VIRTUAL EVENING EVENT RECODING
On September 24th, 2020, members of the community joined us for an informative virtual event! Watch the full event recording to hear from CRC Executive Director Laura Jasinski and Northeastern Ph.D. Candidate Max Rome on what the Floating Wetland is all about.

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.

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

Want to know more about something in particular? Email Vanessa Nason at vnason@thecharles.org.