Gateway Research Learning Center (formerly called Jamaica Bay Institute) is part of a network of National Park Service Research Learning Centers located throughout the United States. These centers are designed to expand the role of research within our national parks; allow for more informed, science-based management decision-making; and share research results with researchers, local communities, students, educators, and the public. Within the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, JBI staff help facilitate research projects throughout the unit and when the results are available, provide opportunities for learners of all ages to discover the park's natural and cultural resources through this research. The goals of the Center are to:
Obtaining a research permit:
In exchange for permission to conduct research in the park, the Jamaica Bay Institute requires the following:
For more details please refer to the following documents:
Jamaica Bay has been the focus of numerous research projects that have contributed to a greater understanding of the park's natural and cultural resources. In spite of all these studies there is always more work to be done. In collaboration with the City University of New York, the Jamaica Bay Institute has compiled a comprehensive research catalog to identify gaps in data to help guide future research efforts.
Each section contains Background, Research Needs and Selected Bibliography
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The information gathered from a research project is only as good as the people who know about it. Park staff, educators, students, community groups and the visiting public can all benefit from learning about the results of your research project. There are a number of opportunities researchers can take advantage of to expand the audience of your project.
Did You Know?
At approximately 32 square miles and over 13000 acres, Jamaica Bay is the largest natural open space in New York City.