New York City Environmental Fund Past Grants

2004 NYCEF Grants
Organization Project Description Amount
American Littoral Society 2005 International Coastal Cleanup in NYC and Westchester County, coordinating volunteers in debris removal along beaches, waterways, wetlands and public waterways. The project will educate the public about and devise strategies to combat pollution and encourage long-term stewardship of cleanup sites. $20,000
American Littoral Society 2005 Jamaica Bay Guardian Program, promoting stewardship of the bay through field trips for school and community groups, wildlife surveys, water quality assessments, marsh erosion research, National Park Service restoration projects and the involvement of volunteers in all activities. $8,000
Beczak Environmental Center Catch of the Day seining program, an environmental education program for local school children and families, enabling Yonkers residents to see for themselves directly what lives in the River. The program promotes stewardship of the Hudson River and recycling. $14,900
Bronx River Alliance The Bronx River Education Program, a watershed-wide program to enable youth and community members to experience and understand the Bronx River as a valuable resource in their neighborhoods. The grant underwrites a Bronx River Educator Guide, professional development workshops for teachers, and a canoeing program. $17,500
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Field Studies at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment. Field research projects in Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden will involve high school student participants in environmental stewardship and community activities in natural areas. $12,000
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Green Leaders: An Environmental Stewardship Program. The program will involve volunteers in planting, caring for and monitoring natural features and functions of the park to improve and maintain meadow and shoreline habitat and protect existing native trees from damage from heavy park use. $20,000
Central Park Conservancy The Dirt on Dirt, a new environmental education program to provide science-based programs to first- through fourth- graders at the new Soil Science, Water and Ecology Laboratory in northern Central Park. The program will reach 1,200 NYC teachers and schoolchildren during 2004-2005. $10,000
City Parks Foundation Seeds to Trees, a program to introduce concepts of forest ecology, environmental stewardship, and the preservation of woodlands to NYC school children through classroom activities, teacher training workshops and field trips to forested areas of urban parks. $10,000
Community Environmental Center Bridging the Divide: Connecting the Natural and Built Environment of New York City, enabling middle and high school students to explore the principles behind alternative sources of energy and other ecological issues, with a particular focus on how conserving natural resources leads to cleaner air and improved estuaries. $10,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester 4H Reel Life Environmental Education Project, a sportsfishing education program for five-to- fifteen-year-olds designed to involve youth and adults in ethically based fishing, while promoting an understanding of aquatic ecology and appreciation of local natural resources. $10,000
Council on the Enviroment of New York City Training Student Organizers, a Program Involving Youth in Restoring NYC Shorelines along The Bronx River, Hudson River, Gerritsen Creek, Jamaica Bay and Van Cortlandt Lake. Participants will work to improve water quality by planting trees and removing invasive plants. $15,000
Eastern Queens Alliance Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Mini-Environmental Center Project for schools, families and neighborhood groups. Interns will lead hiking, canoeing and nature studies to raise community awareness about the value of wetlands and the need to preserve and restore the degraded salt marsh ecosystem. $15,000
Eibs Pond Education Program Eibs Pond Environmental Education Program, involving community and school groups in ongoing restoration of the Eibs Pond wetlands. Children and adult volunteers will remove debris and invasive species, maintain trails, expand butterfly habitat areas and conduct natural history studies of the pond and its wildlife. $9,000
Floating the Apple Youth Participation: NY Harbor Beach Survey, a study of small sandy beaches in NYC. Students, i using Floating the Apple vessels, will document physical, biological and chemical aspects of the shore for a dedicated website, created to encourage preservation of and public access to beaches. $12,000
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy Meadow Lake Shoreline Restoration and Wet Meadow Garden, a project to restore and stabilize portions of the Meadow Lake shoreline and plant a wet meadow garden. Volunteers will lead youth in invasive plant removal to establish bird habitat along the bank of NYC’s largest freshwater lake. $10,000
Friends of Blue Heron Park Environmental Education Workshops and Establishing Stewardship at Blue Heron Park. In addition to holding school group workshops at the Nature Center, The Friends will reach out to area residents and distribute program and trail map materials to encourage greater park use and stewardship. $13,500
Friends of the High School of Environmental Studies Field Education Research Initiative of the High School of Environmental Studies. Students in Marine Science, Wildlife Conservation and Living Environment lab courses will undertake scientific research, meet with relevant professionals and complete a community service project to address research findings. $10,000
Friends of Rufus King Park Park Stewardship in Rufus King Park, including efforts to enforce regulations, prevent vandalism and educate the public about respecting and caring for the Park's living plants, among them two-hundred-year-old trees. $10,000
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Van Cortlandt Adventures, a free, year-round environmental education program for school and youth groups, utilizing natural areas within the park to teach young people about ecosystems and earth science and introduce them to park stewardship opportunities. $15,000
Green Map System, Inc. Green Apple Maps, on Exhibit, on Energy and Online. The project includes printing and distribution of “Go Green Apple: the NYC Energy Map,” website development, and the inclusion of youth-created maps of NYC neighborhoods in an exhibition at the Municipal Art Society Urban Center Gallery. $17,500
Greenbelt Conservancy Into the Outdoors, a public program series at the newly opened Greenbelt Nature Center that will foster public access, appreciation and stewardship of Staten Island’s 2,800-acre Greenbelt. Nature-related, cultural and recreational programs will be designed for all ages. $10,000
Habitat for Humanity-New York City Community Revitalization and Restoration Initiative in Rufus King Park in Jamaica, Queens. The project will create usable public green spaces, fostering a strong sense of community through the work of 50 -70 volunteers in park clean-up activities. $5,000
Harbor Project-New York Academy of Science Recycling to Prevent Toxicants from Entering the Harbor Watershed, a campaign to prevent contaminants in batteries from entering the NY/NJ watershed by raising public awareness about connections between inappropriate battery and cell phone disposal and environmental risks to the New York Harbor. $5,000
Henry Street Settlement Environment and Gardening Project, involving 25 fifth and sixth grade students in PS 20’s after school program in the Lower East Side. The project will involve youth in studying water as a natural resource, examining how nature recycles and identifying sources of energy. $5,000
Hofstra University Integrating Environmental Education and Wildlife Management: Terrapins and Raccoons at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, an effort to increase volunteer involvement in the ecological understanding and conservation of diamondback terrapins at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The project will also test humane means of reducing raccoon predation of terrapin eggs. $10,000
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Urban Outreach Initiative, a program offering presentations on the Hudson River to thirty NYC school groups, providing up to 360 students with an opportunity to participate in a environmental education sail aboard the sloop Clearwater. Funding will also expand the teen mentor program. $15,000
Hudson Waterfront Museum Waterfront Museum: Maritime/Environmental Education Initiative, programs and curricular materials that enable visitors to discover, enjoy, respect and protect the natural waterway that exists in their own backyard. $10,000
Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness NYC Save Resources/Save Lives Campaign, an intitiative to educate the public about the harmful direct and indirect consequences of unnecessary nighttime lighting in unoccupied high-rise office buildings. Lights Out At Night, a voluntary program to reduce unnecessary lighting, will conserve energy and save migrating wildlife. $5,000
Lower East Side Ecology Center Eyes Underwater, a program incorporating water testing and sampling, that enables groups from schools and community centers to study aquatic ecology by viewing interactions of flora and fauna in their natural habitat, just below the surface of the East River. $15,000
Lower Eastside Girls Club Exploring the East River, a project in which 20 girls study, explore and document the East River, and produce a traveling photography exhibition and special River Edition of the Club’s newspaper, "Girls Out Loud." $5,000
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Building a Waterfront Network, the Alliance's broadbased efforts to coordinate, support, and raise the visibility of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping NYC residents reclaim and reconnect to the harbor, rivers and estuaries of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. $15,000
More Gardens Fund Melrose Environmental Camp: Bringing Kids Back to Nature, a summer day camp organized to instill a wildlife conservation ethic in fifteen 10-to-12-year-olds. Children will create habitat for songbirds and improve their ability to observe nature through field trips to Inwood Park and Dred Scott Sanctuary. $5,000
Natural Resources Group Forever Wild: Stewardship in NYC’s Nature Preserves. A brochure and advertising campaign on NYC buses and subway cars will help educate residents about the value of natural resources in urban neighborhoods and increase participation in the City’s Natural Areas Stewards program. $10,000
Neighbors Against Garbage Newtown Creek/East River Subsistence Fishing Awareness Project, a subsistence fishing study to gather data about who is fishing in Newtown Creek and what is being caught and eaten. Consumption advisory signage in English, Spanish and Polish will be placed along shorelines. $13,800
New Settlement Apartments Bronx Helpers' Environmental Action Group: Stewardship Program, a teen leadership program incorporating stewardship efforts, educational workshops and field trips. Teens working on neighborhood environmental issues serve as role models for other residents. $10,000
The New York Botanical Garden Forest Education Initiative, a program designed to promote public understanding and appreciation of the New York Botanical Garden’s 50-acre old-growth forest by engaging school groups, teachers, volunteers and the broader community in its restoration, maintenance and stewardship. $15,000
New York City Outward Bound Habitat Restoration Sail, teaching NYC public high school students about the ecosystem of the New York shoreline through service projects benefiting Jamaica Bay and its Wildlife Refuge. The project will instill environmental awareness, stewardship and appreciation of the City’s natural resources. $8,000
New York City Parks/Greenbelt Native Plant Center Remediation through Native Plant Utilization, a project to identify and develop appropriate local native plant genotypes for production and use in disturbed land remediation, including brownfields, land fills, and depaupered sites throughout NYC. $15,000
New York City Soil & Water Conservation District Field-Based Elementary Education on the East River, a project that will introduce teachers visiting the Lower East Side Ecology Center to the estuary and watershed through lesson plans and field trip opportunities created by NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. $10,000
New York Tree Trust The Street Tree Census: An Urban Natural Resource Inventory Project, a ten-year update of NYC’s street tree census. Volunteers will be recruited and trained to take part in a two-year citywide survey of approximately half a million trees. $15,000
New York University, Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Studies Hudson River Estuary Teacher Education Project, providing materials, strategies and support for teachers and students to engage in stewardship, research activities and field trips focusing on urban ecology and the Hudson River. $10,000
New Yorkers for Parks Natural Areas Initiative (NAI), an outreach campaign to raise awareness among residents, elected officials and media concerning NYC’s interactive database of natural area sites and the Open Accessible Space Information System. Support will also cover distribution of the NAI brochure. $15,000
Partnership for Parks Citizen Steward: Supporting NYC’s Natural Areas, a program to train NYC residents in care and restoration of urban natural areas and encourage their sustained involvement as stewards. Training at three sites will be refined for eventual citywide implementation. $20,000
Phipps Community Development Corporation Phipps West Farms Beacon Watershed Ecology Program, an after-school program involving elementary and middle school students in studying the the ecology of aquatic and terrestrial habitats along the Bronx River. $10,000
The Point Community Development Corporation The South Bronx Crew Team, a recreational and competitive rowing program for teenage girls, designed to provide girls with access to boating opportunities on the Bronx River while raising public interest in the waterway’s revival and planned South Bronx greenway. $5,000
Project Teen Aid Family Services Our Trees Grow in Brooklyn, a stewardship program involving 80 families of children at Project CHANCE and the Rose Kennedy Center in Fort Greene and Bedford Stuvescent in learning activities centered on trees and tree care. $3,000
Prospect Park Alliance Prospect Park Youth Alliance Employment Program: Park Guides and The Woodlands Crew, offering young people an opportunity to learn about the natural environment and engage in stewardship and environmental education in Prospect Park. $30,000
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Growing Community Support for Staten Island's Natural Parks, building awareness of and engagement with Staten Island’s natural areas through woodland restoration workshops, presentations designed to recruit volunteers for local conservation projects and naturalist-led walks in area parks. $10,000
The River Project The River Project's Estuarine Laboratory, to be equipped with a dissecting microscope that will enable interns and students in the After-School Marine Science Mentor Program to undertake group studies of plankton ecolocy and larval fish and to present findings of their field and laboratory work. $15,000
Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research Linking Communities with Waterways and Technology, an effort to educate marine and natural resource professionals in tracking and rescuing marine mammals in the New York City area. The Foundation responds to all marine mammal stranding and injury reports in NYC and is currently enhancing its tracking systems for marine mammal sightings. $15,000
Rocking The Boat Bronx River Habitat Monitoring and Restoration Program, which will support teenagers in implementing on-river restoration and monitoring, as defined and guided by five public and private scientific organizations. The programs combine youth development and experiential education with Bronx River environmental improvement goals. $15,000
Saint Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation Friends of McCarren Park: A Youth Environmental Project involving Williamsburg Charter School students in exploring and restoring the nearby heavily used and abused McCarren Park. Students will participate in walking tours, map and model making, and funding decisions for park projects. $15,000
Save the Sound, Inc. What Goes on the Ground, Goes in the Sound!, a pollution abatement project utilizing strategically placed signage, public meetings, a website and interactive sessions to raise awareness of non-point source pollution impacts on Long Island Sound and and ways in which citizens can curb those impacts. $15,000
Saw Mill River Audubon Society Interpretive Trail at Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary, installing twenty signs along the one-mile “Pond-Loop Trail” to introduce visitors to the habitats, successional areas, and species associated with the site's eco-systems. $3,000
Seton Falls Park Preservation Coalition Seton Falls: Environmental Education in the Park, a project supporting local science teachers in utilizing the wetlands, woodlands and bird sanctuary in Seton Falls Park for curricula and stewardship projects. $10,000
Shorekeepers Northern Manhattan Estuary Stewardship Program, promoting volunteerism, environmental awareness and appreciation of the estuarine environment of Northern Manhattan. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and monitor soil and water in the tidal marshes of Swindler’s Cove and Inwood Hill Park. $5,000
Soundwaters Urban Ecology Afterschool Program at Carver Community Center, a two-semester experiential environmental science program for 8 – 11 year olds incorporating field trips to nature centers, salt marshes and beaches and an ecological sailing adventure aboard the schooner SoundWaters. $15,000
SPLASH The SPLASH Program provides second graders from diverse Westchester County schools and communities with an opportunity to participate in classroom and field studies focused on the marine life of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. $30,000
Standing By Water, Inc. Standing By Water Internship Program, involving teenagers in creating woodland and natural marsh habitats along the Harlem River in parts of Bridge and Roberto Clemente State Parks. Interns will also lead environmental and community education programs at a new gallery. $10,000
Staten Island Botanical Garden Educational Curriculum Emphasizing Wetland Conservation, an effort to chronicle and interpret the rebound of the Staten Island Botanical Garden’s freshwater wetlands. Materials and activities will guide K-8th graders in exploring the habitat value and conservation of wetlands. $7,500
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences Science is Everywhere!, a six-week science program for children and their parents from Title 1 schools in Staten Island. The program engages families in hands-on activities that increase understanding of ecology and the natural world. $6,000
Trees New York Citizen Pruner Network and Stewardship Initiative, a volunteer recruitment and training program to educate citizens in caring for NYC’s trees. This urban forestry program will expand into at least twenty diverse communities throughout the five boroughs. $15,000
Turnaround Friends, Inc. The Seaside Nature Park: Rescue and Rehabilitation, a clean-up and restoration effort in 15 acres adjacent to Seaside Nature Park in Great Kills Harbor, including removal of concrete slabs, boulders and debris, soil improvement and the planting of native Spartina grass and marine vegetation. $10,000
Urban Divers NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Monitoring Project, community education about the varied ecosystems and living creatures in the Harlem River, Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal. Tours, special events, and ongoing monitoring and education programs will foster stewardship and encourage restoration. $10,000
Urban Park Rangers The Natural Classroom is a citywide environmental program integrating math, science and literacy through activity-based learning and field trips. NYCEF support will underwrite workshops for teachers and school groups focusing on conservation, ornithology, entymology and ecology. $50,000
Wave Hill Brownfield Botanical: Documenting Urban Ecosystems in the Bronx, an artist-led project integrating visual art, environmental study and public awareness depicting flora, fauna and human detritus at a brownfield site along the Bronx River. Resulting work will be published and exhibited at Wave Hill and The Gallery of The Bronx River Art Center. $15,000
Wildlife Conservation Society Teen Conservation Program, an internship program which trains teenage volunteers at the New York Aquarium. The training prepares young people to conserve and restore marine habitat, interpret wildlife exhibitions, and facilitate the educational experience of Aquarium visitors. $25,000
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice Project ROW involves young people in environmental clean-up and restoration projects along the Soundview/Bruckner sections of the Bronx River. Youth will be engaged in stewardship activities at Cement Plant Park and in planning and research efforts concerning the redevelopment of abandoned Starlight Park. $10,000

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