Whether through the planning of a "Greater Rockaway" or our continual efforts to keep the coast clean and accessible for the public to enjoy, we are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life for the Rockaway community.

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RISE : Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment

RISE is a place for emerging artists, and scientists alike to connect with local residents and visitors to the Rockaways through programming and public art exhibitions to raise awareness of the natural environment and increase the vibrancy of the local Rockaway community.


RISE Farm Share

The RISE Farm Share's mission is to bring affordable, fresh certified organic produce directly from the farm to the Rockaway community. 


Create Far Rock

We invite you to a community-wide initiative, Create Far Rock, to envision the future of the arts on the eastern end of the Rockaways. Join us at a town hall, participate in a focus group, and take the survey to help identify cultural assets and ways to grow the capacity of art and culture in our community. Your input over the next months is critical to ensure that the arts and culture have a solid foundation in a vibrant, equitable, and diverse Far Rockaway, especially in the face of recent city initiatives, particularly, the NYC Economic Development Corporation's Downtown Far Rockaway Neighborhood Development initiative and Resilient Edgemere Community Plan conducted by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Your input will help formulate investments in the local arts and cultural sector over the next two years. more>


Environmentor Students come in 2nd Place at NYCSEF

High school juniors Oluwapelumi (Pelumi) Oloyedewere and Jahneal Francis were honored to come in second place last week in the extremely competitive Earth and Environmental Science category of the NYC Science and Engineering Fair.  more>


Take Care Rockaway Resource Guide

The Take Care Rockaway campaign was created out of a need to increase awareness about existing mental health resources in the Rockaways and to reduce mental health stigma in the community. We have created a Mental Health and Wellness Resource Guide for the Rockaways which can be downloaded here. 


Combating Rockaway's Unmet Mental Health Needs

In partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), RWA is working with local non-profits, health providers, and members of the Rockaway community to combat unmet mental health needs.

Project Underway

RWA is working with local residents, artists, transportation planners and city agencies to develop a plan for a safer transit corridor for bikers, pedestrians and vehicles under the elevated track.


Art Under the Elevated

RWA is commissioning artists to host temporary art exhibitions to activate the public space under the elevated A line train tracks in Rockaway, Queens. 


Resiliency Speaker Series

RWA is hosting a free educational speaker series focused on engaging the public on issues pertaining to environmental resiliency to support planning efforts in which local residents can take part in planning the Rockaway shoreline in this age of global climate change.


Stewardship Saturday Volunteer Events

Join us in working together to rebuild our shoreline while providing volunteer opportunities for youth and local community members with valuable hands-on experience in environmental conservation


Documentary: Rockaway Stories

RWA collected stories from local people across the Rockaway Peninsula to document what happened in the neighborhoods affected by the storm and to get their vision for future rebuilding efforts in the Rockaways.


A Greater Rockaway: 2020 Plan

is a community-driven waterfront plan that has brought together local insight to enhance 11 miles of one of New York City's greatest waterfront resources and establish key priorities established by the community itself.


Rockaway Dune Restoration

has brought together government agencies and local community organizations to work on creating a natural protective buffer along our shoreline while providing employment opportunities for youth to gain valuable hands-on experience for the next generation of environmental stewards 


Success Stories:

Meet Keneisha

As a champion for arts and science education, Keneisha brings to us a successful track record that ranges from her experience at the Brooklyn Museum to specialized hands-on learning. She has been a lead educator for RWA for over three years in environmental arts and urban gardening. Hear more about Keneisha's story.