The Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science Partnership Model

Lauren Birney, Denise McNamara, Brian Evans, Nancy Woods, Jonathan Hill


This paper identifies the complex interactions of a multi-member partnership and outlines the synergetic opportunities
and challenges within the model. At the core of the partnership model is the restoration of the waterways surrounding
New York City through the reestablishment of the oyster into New York Harbor. The overarching goal was to connect
members of the community to their environment to increase social awareness and responsibility. Stewardship of the
harbor through involvement of education, business, and private sectors increased the citizen science involvement of the
community. The key to the success of this partnership model is the overlapping of roles and responsibilities as well as
a strong “connector” serving to mediate the interactions among the stakeholders and enable the success of the
partnership. The partnerships were dynamic and evolving blurring lines and responsibilities. Serendipitous outcomes
enhanced partnership relationships and in turn, the efficacy of the project.

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