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Compost Under the Microscope

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East River Park Compost Yard

East River Park Compost Yard

New York, NY 10002

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Discover compost biology under the microscope with BioBus and the NYC Compost Project Hosted by LES Ecology Center.

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See bacteria, fungi, and more as we explore our compost piles under the microscope and see what organisms live in different stages and temperatures.

Activities are on-going and can be enjoyed at your own pace from 12pm - 3pm. Activities include:

East River Park Compost Yard Tour: Tour one of Manhattan’s largest composting facilities, the site takes in nearly 1 million pounds of organic waste each year with materials coming from local food scrap drop-off sites, wood shops, and chipped park waste. Tours run every half hour.

Stereo-Critters: Explore all the critters that live in compost! From springtails to millipedes, we will dive deep into NYC’s biodiversity with community composters and scientists alike.

Mystery Compost Challenge: Different stages of compost have different living and non-living characteristics. Take a tour of the compost piles and, using digital microscopes and chemistry kits, hypothesize which sample corresponds to which compost pile!

Bacteria in Compost: Make compost solutions and use a compound microscope to study its bacterial activity!

Worms worms worms!: From worm anatomy to habitat preferences––learn about all things worms!

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