The Miami Science Barge is a floating urban ecological laboratory and public environmental education center in Biscayne Bay, powered by renewable energy, that will catalyze local efforts to build a sustainable Miami.
The Miami Science Barge — located at 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in the Museum Park Baywalk, Miami, FL 33132 — is open to the public for tours on Saturdays (minus holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free for kids under 18, $5 suggested donation for adults.
A program of non-profit CappSci, the Barge is designed to be a major focal point for STEM education and sustainability initiatives in Miami. The 120 by 30 ft steel deck is occupied by interconnected technical modules in three categories: living systems, marine experiments, and renewable energy backbone.
Living systems include aquaponics (tilapia, greens, shrimp), hydroponics (strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant), aquaculture hatchery display (mahi, pompano, seahorses), and a constructed wetland for nutrient recycling (marsh grasses). All systems will be zero discharge and use local seawater or rainwater capture.
Marine experiments will engage visitors with Biscayne Bay. Oysters, crabs, seagrasses, and mangroves will be cultivated in cages lining the perimeter of the Barge. A special sea-level platform will allow visitors to sample water quality, salinity, microorganisms, and contaminants. Small, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) with cameras will stream videos of marine life around the Barge.
JinkoSolar photovoltaic solar panels provide power for all the Barge’s energy needs. Visitors will learn how to produce their own sustainable power in their everyday lives.
Students K-12 will attend guided field trips, and the public will be welcomed aboard for tours and workshops. Pricing will vary for individuals, groups, and schools, but no child in Miami will be denied access to the Barge for inability to pay.
Miami Science Barge is open to the public on weekends from 10am-4pm • 1075 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, 33132.