Boat Tour: Climate Change Education with Maija Niemisto

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Date(s) - 09/12/2021
4:15 pm-5:30 pm

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Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Learn about climate change and travel on the beautiful Hudson River aboard Solaris, the 100% solar powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum!
For this special tour Maija Niemisto, DEC Education Specialist, will talk about Climate Change Education on the Hudson River. This will be an informal presentation and conversation focused trip as we explore how the river is changing, how communities are preparing, how teachers can include climate change in the classroom, and what you can do to be part of the solution.
Maija grew up in Minnesota to a family of professional musicians. She attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University of Beirut, as an undergraduate student of International Relations and Environmental Studies. It was through a United Nations Department of Environmental Protection internship in Lebanon, that she gained hands-on experience and a passion for protecting wetland habitats. After graduating from university, Maija lived aboard a 28-foot sailboat and sailed the eastern seaboard, eventually discovering the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. She joined the crew and education team of the environmental tall-ship and spent almost 10 years living on the Hudson and teaching about the tidal estuary. Maija then completed her graduate studies at Stonybrook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences with bioacoustic research of fish and zooplankton of the Hudson River Estuary. In 2019, she joined the Cornell University Water Research Institute and the NYSDEC at the Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve.
All tickets include boat ride and general admission to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, open 11 am to 5 pm.
Solaris was built and is operated by the Hudson River Maritime Museum right here in Kingston NY. Solaris is the only solar-powered boat in operation on the Hudson River. This quiet vessel does not require any fossil fuels to operate and is 100% solar powered.

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