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September 11: Art for the sake of Science
On a Sunday afternoon, 122 Vizcaya visitors, from kids to seniors, tourists to locals, spent an afternoon beautifying our Bay Drift drift cards with stunning Biscayne Bay as the backdrop!  During this program, participants learned about the Bay Drift project as they engaged their creative side making each of the experiment’s drift cards unique. Drift cards will be used throughout the year-long Bay Drift experiment to help Vizcaya better understand where the trash that washes up along Vizcaya’s shorelines comes from.

Deployment #1: September 12, 2016
The first deployment took place on September 12, where Vizcaya launched the Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study in partnership with CARTHE - UM and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum. Brightly painted wooden cards were released from 8 different spots along the coast of Miami by community members, school groups, and scientists. Sites include the Miami Science Barge, the Miami River, the old Rickenbacker Causeway, Bear Cut Bridge, the southernmost tip of South Pointe Park, Little River and from boats in 2 open Biscayne Bay locations.
This first launch sets in motion a one-year program that will hopefully give us enough data to understand how trash and pollution moves with the currents and washes up along Vizcaya’s shoreline. In addition to understanding where the “Vizcaya trash” comes from, this experiment engages many different factions of Miami’s community to call attention to this much larger issue of debris’ impact in our environment.

November 13: BayDrift at Fairchild’s Ramble
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was present at the annual Ramble Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Sunday, November 13th. With the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, we brought to the festival our Biscayne Bay Driftcard Study and cards to be painted by the attendees. From 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m., visitors to the festival learned about Vizcaya, our commitment to the environment, our partnership with CARTE and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, and the study that stemmed from this partnership.

December 2: BayDrift comes to CreativeMornings
During the monthly CreativeMornings, 52 local young professionals beautified their drift cards with oceanic art, poetry, odes to Vizcaya and the bay and more as they learned about the BayDrift project.

December 9: School drift card deployment
At Vizcaya, 37 students from Leisure City Middle School released drift cards. Three hundred and twenty cards total were released into Biscayne Bay from 7 additional sites throughout Miami, for a total of 320 drift cards). At South Point Park, Vizcaya arranged for 86 fourth-grade students from South Pointe Elementary School and Surfrider Foundation-Miami Chapter to release drift cards. At the Rickenbacker Causeway 32 middle school students from Mater Grove Academy released drift cards.

February 12: Family drift card deployment
Join us for a day of art making by the bay! As we continue our year-long science experiment to better understand where the trash that washes up along Vizcaya’s shoreline comes from, we are preparing drift cards that will be used—but we can’t just throw plain drift cards into the water, so come help us make them beautiful! We’ll provide the drift cards, the supplies and the scenery. You bring your friends and family.

August 17: Culminating Community program
Join us for a celebratory evening as we wrap-up our year-long BayDrift experiment.  Featuring a recap of what we did, exploring what we learned and thinking about where we go from here.  Stay tuned for more details!