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Fred Elser First Sunday Science: SoundWaters’ Kelp Farm: Harvesting Sugar Kelp in a Changing World

Sunday, January 7, 2024, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM, Bruce Museum Seaside Center, Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park.

The farming of sugar kelp has grown substantially in the United States over the past decade. With numerous commercial uses, including as a healthy food source, it has become a valuable crop. In addition to kelp’s economic value, these large brown seaweeds also provide numerous ecosystem services. Kelps removes carbon dioxide and excess nutrients from the water, while also providing habitat for native animals.

SoundWaters maintains a kelp farm off the coast of Stamford and Greenwich starting in November each year. This incredible tool helps SoundWaters teach students and the community about scientific concepts such as nutrient bioextraction and how kelp is dealing with climate change, while also promoting a healthier Long Island Sound.

This program is free of charge and no reservations are required. Held at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT. No beach pass is required to enter Greenwich Point Park from November – April.  

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