Parks Program for Girls

From their Press Release, but sounded neat if you know a teenager with interest in all things green:

City Parks Foundation is currently recruiting Brooklyn girls who will be entering the 7th or 8th grade to participate in its CityParks Green Girls program in Williamsburg that encourages girls to excel in the sciences and realize their potential to create change within the natural environment and their own lives. City Parks Foundation will begin the Green Girls Summer Institute on July 12th and continue through July 30th. A three-week education program about the environment incorporates community service projects in parks and citywide exploration, along with a retreat to the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

As a prelude to the exploration in the City’s natural areas, participants will begin with a hike on Staten Island and a service project at Marcus Garvey Park. Green Girls will work with foresters to remove invasive plant species from an overgrown butterfly garden. They will learn the importance of plant biodiversity and use this knowledge to help them perform a vital service. On July 15th, the girls will visit the Recycle-a-Bicycle shop in Queens where the girls will create jewelry from recycled bicycle parts and bike alongside the East River. On July 23rd, the girls will understand more about the waterways that support the city and the elements of healthy aquatic habitats through a seining and biodiversity sampling activity at Hallets Cove.

“The girls bring a wonderful intellectual curiosity to the program, and we make learning fun by exposing them to some of the more fascinating aspects of the natural and environmental sciences. Regardless of what their career destinations may be, we want to cultivate a sense of environmental stewardship for these future community leaders,” said Danielle Rolli, City Parks Foundation Educator.

CityParks Green Girls Summer Institute takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the girls meet at The Young Women’s Leadership School, 228 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206. The program is open to girls from all Brooklyn neighborhoods who will be entering 7th or 8th grade. Participants who live outside the Williamsburg neighborhood will be provided a Metro card to travel to the meet location.

For more information on CityParks Green Girls program and to sign up, please contact Danielle Rolli at DRolli@CityParksFoundation.org or (212) 360-2740.

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