New York City Environmental Fund Past Grants

2005 NYCEF Grants
Organization Project Description Amount
Alley Pond Environmental Center In the Field Biology Internships Program, high school students will conduct biodiversity surveys of the flora, fauna, water and soil of Alley Pond Park. $7,500
Alley Pond Environmental Center The Wetland Trails Restoration and Trail Map Creation Project will produce an accurate, user-friendly map to facilitate self-guided hikes on park trails. $7,500
American Littoral Society The 2006 Jamaica Bay Guardian Program will promote natural resource stewardship through wildlife surveys involving volunteers in water quality assessments and a range of restoration projects to improve the habitat value of Jamaica Bay. $10,000
American Littoral Society The 2006 International Coastal Clean-up in New York City and Westchester will recruit several thousand volunteers to remove debris from more than 53 miles of wetlands, public waterfronts and beaches. $15,000
Audubon New York For the Birds! will provide students at eleven New York City public elementary schools with an interdisciplinary, hands-on program that promotes nature appreciation through the study of birds. Thirty &quotcitizen scientist" volunteers will be trained to implement the program. $10,000
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy Environmental Education Programs in Lower Manhattan will facilitate public bird watching and lunchtime catch-and-release fishing. The programs offer passers-by opportunities to learn about wildlife and the Hudson Estuary from the Conservancy’s marine education staff. $5,000
Beczak Environmental Center Marsh Madness, an environmental education program in Yonkers, will incorporate interpretive signage, data displays and weather monitoring in a newly constructed tidal wetlands area. The project also includes the completion and printing of a booklet about marshes for children. $13,500
Bissel Gardens Urban Re-forestation and Butterfly/Bird Habitat Development will focus on propagating flowering and fruiting plants at Bissel Garden's nursery in the northeastern Bronx. Local teenagers will be recruited to assist with native plantings in open spaces. $8,000
Bronx River Alliance Through Engaging Community Organizations and Residents in the Restoration of the Bronx River, the Bronx River Alliance will reach beyond its current constituency to involve additional groups in connecting to the river and ensuring the health of its ecosystem. $15,000
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Project will work to secure consensus on the conceptual plan and full funding for a seven-mile section of the Greenway in Community Board Districts 2 and 6. The project will also recruit citizen stewards to monitor and maintain segments of the Brooklyn Greenway. $8,000
Canarsie Aware The Canarsie Pier Turn Around Project will involve adolescents in clean-up and cultivation of a Brooklyn pier, grasslands and beach. The project will promote a sense of responsibility for public spaces, demonstrate how individual actions affect the environment and encourage stewardship of natural resources. $5,000
CEC Stuyvesant Cove Education for a Sustainable Future instructs middle and high school students through hands-on energy conservation activities, using Stuyvesant Cove Park's solar-powered building as a prototype. Participants learn about scientific, economic and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption and about making educated choices concerning responsible use of energy. $10,000
City Beasts As part of the Community-Involved Kestrel Nest Box Program, kestrel boxes constructed by Rikers Island jail inmates from the New York Horticultural Society’s Greenhouse Project will be presented and installed in selected urban schoolyards and community gardens. Participants will learn about kestrel habitat needs, monitoring techniques and maintenance of houses and nests. $8,500
City of New York Parks and Recreation The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has operated a residential camp program in conservation education for over 50 years. In order to expand the diversity of camp participants, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will lead a citywide effort to recruit campers; prepare them and their families for the camp experience; provide camping gear; and organize pre- and post-camp environmental education activities. $103,200
City Parks Foundation Seeds to Trees connects teachers and students to public parks through a hands-on science curriculum incorporating literature and the arts and designed to encourage environmental stewardship and preservation. In 2005-06, the program will focus on New York City's watersheds, estuaries and reservoirs. $10,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester Biodiversity and Water Quality Education in Westchester County will educate homeowners, community residents and land managers about ecologically sound maintenance practices for lawns. The project will also train civic leaders on best management practices for forested lands in order to protect wildlife and control invasive species. $5,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester The 4-H Reel Life Environmental Education Program uses recreational sport fishing to instruct young people from Westchester County communities about water and the need to conserve and protect it. $10,000
Council on the Environment of New York City In Expansion of Training Student Organizers to Preserve Local Waters/Lands, students in sixteen classes from six New York City high schools will plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive plants, stabilize shorelines and conduct water quality tests as participants in eleven stewardship projects in urban parks. $13,500
Eastern Queens Alliance The Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Mini-Environmental Science Learning Center will offer hands-on Science-in-the-Park activities focused on watersheds and wetlands. Nature field trips for schools and community centers will be led by interns. $10,000
Forest Park Trust The Strack Pond Stewardship Program will increase the educational and habitat value of recently restored freshwater wetlands at a former glacial kettle pond. Participating Queens teenagers will mulch, prune, install signage, stabilize shorelines and construct fencing to protect environmentally sensitive areas. $10,000
Friends of Blue Heron Park Continuing Environmental Education and Gardening at Blue Heron Park will engage K-6 children and their teachers in hands-on classroom studies and field trips to various wildlife habitats within this Staten Island park. Participants and volunteers will plant native plants to enhance the natural area's habitat value. $9,000
Friends of Gateway The Gateway Greenhouse Education Center will develop a composting program and accompanying exhibition and cultivate native plants for reforesting the Pennsylvania and Fountain Landfills of Jamaica Bay. Education programs and materials will encourage water-wise gardening and the creation of butterfly habitat. $10,000
Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies Through community service internships, career talks by environmental professionals and Green Pathways (pilot partnerships with colleges specializing in environmental studies), the Environmental Career Development Program will instill leadership skills and support the school-to-college transition for students interested in careers in environmental conservation. $12,000
Friends of Hudson River Park The Environmental/Maritime Education Program for Summer Day Camp Children involves teenagers from the Police Athletic League in leading science activities for hundreds of 9-15-year-olds from New York City’s summer day camps. Presented by the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, the program will take place on board the Lilac, an historic steamship moored at Pier 40. $10,000
Friends of St. Nicholas Park The St. Nicholas Park Corridor Beautification Project will engage volunteers, including students from Harlem high schools and City College, in site clean-up, invasive species removal and tree plantings, in order to transform a high-crime wooded section by the park’s main staircase into a serene natural area. $2,500
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Junior Naturalists (an after-school program for middle school students focused on forestry and wetlands) and Lil’ Explorers (Saturday sessions for 3rd-5th graders on ecology, habitats and tree identification) will be expanded to include young people from the neighborhoods of Norwood and Woodlawn. $12,500
The Gaia Institute Using a Greenroof for Environmental Education and Stewardship will enable children, teachers, scientists and local Bronx volunteers to utilize a green rooftop on Saint Simon Stock Parish School for ongoing studies of how wildlife islands function in highly urbanized areas. $12,000
Green Map System Reaching and Greening New New York City Audiences will update to include a Spanish-language version of the Green Energy Map. The grant also supports the production of a Green Apple Visitors Guide utilizing green maps and promotional efforts to expand organizational outreach. $5,000
Greenbelt Conservancy Into the Outdoors, public programs at the Greenbelt Nature Center, will encourage enjoyment of the Staten Island Greenbelt through hiking, stewardship activities and nature studies. $7,500
Greyston Foundation Year-round Southwest Yonkers Elementary School Environmental Education Outreach Program will involve 275 pre-kindergarten to first-grade children from four schools in bilingual lessons--at school and in Greyston Community Gardens--based on ecology, wildlife habitats, life cycles and the interdependence of living things. $5,000
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Through Improving New York City Urban Outreach Recruitment, Clearwater will identify two New York City communities for a series of in-depth programs that will be used to develop and test new ways of linking urban neighborhoods to the natural world. Through teacher workshops, school visits, and onboard sailing experiences, participating groups will become acquainted with "America's Environmental Flagship" and the waterways, maritime traditions and diverse marine life of New York City. $12,000
Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness To alert people about the disorienting and potentially lethal effects of nighttime lighting in the city on migratory birds, the Save Resources/Save Lives Campaign will build a network of New York City groups committed to reducing energy consumption and decreasing unnecessary lighting. $5,000
Lower East Side Ecology Center Student interns will instruct youth groups in the Lower East Side Water Initiatives Program in pollution prevention, ecology, waterfront access, and urban angling. The goal is to develop children’s scientific inquiry skills while instilling an appreciation of the neighborhood’s natural resources. $13,500
Make the Road by Walking Through a volunteer stewards program and education programs involving high school students at Bushwick School for Social Justice, the Environmental Justice Project will expand and sustain community involvement in clean-ups, tree plantings and ongoing care of the new Children’s Grove Park in North Brooklyn. $5,000
Manhattan Botanical Garden A native plant garden on Pier 84 on the Hudson River in Manhattan will recreate estuary shoreline and wildlife habitat through Native Plants for Beauty, Wildlife, and the Environment. The garden will demonstrate the versatility, minimal care needed and benefits of gardening with native plants that require little water and no pesticides. $5,000
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance The design, printing and dissemination of Lower New York and Jamaica Bay Waterfront Access Maps will enable potential users to locate waterfront access points and acquire information on transportation, boat ramps, fishing piers, educational opportunities and environmental issues. 10,000 maps will be distributed to the public. $13,000
Natural Resources Group Forest Restoration and Slope Stabilization at Inwood Hill Park will train volunteers to control invasive species and re-establish native canopy and understory vegetation in order to stabilize the park’s steep and eroded slopes, thereby reducing non-point-source pollution and the need for dredging. $15,000
New Settlement Apartments The Bronx Helpers’ Environmental Action Group Stewardship Project involves teenagers in leadership training and nature activities in Mt. Eden Mall West and Claremont Park. Forty young people will participate in clean-ups, native plantings and experiential field trips to study New York City’s diverse natural environments. $5,000
The New York Botanical Garden Through the Forest Education Initiative, public school teachers will learn to creatively incorporate forest and river ecology into classroom work plans, utilizing the Garden's pre-settlement forest, a remnant of the forest that once covered most of what is now New York City. Professional Development Workshops will include classroom activities, discussion points and reproducible curricular materials. $7,500
New York City Audubon Society Relying on volunteers, the Harbor Herons Shore Monitoring Program identifies and preserves the island foraging grounds of herons, egrets and ibises nesting in New York Harbor. The project’s focus on education, outreach, science and research encourages citizen stewardship and open space protection. $15,000
New York City Parks/Greenbelt Native Plant Center Remediation Through Native Plant Utilization: Year 3 will identify and develop appropriate native plants for use in disturbed land remediations (brownfields, landfills and other depauperized sites). The resulting native plant products will be made available to remediation projects in NYC. $13,000
New York Harbor Sailing Foundation The Free Teen Sailing Program, week-long instructional sailing for teenagers from diverse New York City neighborhoods, utilizes 24-foot sailboats in New York Harbor to enhance young people's understanding of and adventurous engagement with urban natural resources. $5,000
New York Restoration Project Aquatic Science Programs for NYC Youth includes clean-up projects, boatbuilding, and oyster gardening, seining for aquatic invertebrates and water quality testing in Swindler Cove Park on the Harlem River. The project will also provide teacher workshops on the history of NYC’s water system. $10,000
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy By working with various agencies and the community to identify environmental concerns and secure public access to the Kill van Kull, the Conservancy’s Blue Streets Program seeks to create a cohesive voice for the design and development of public land at the Port Richmond Square streetend. $5,000
OASIS Sustaining and Expanding OASIS in the New York City Region entails development and completion of a strategic plan for the Accessible Space Information System (, an online platform and collaboration of groups dedicated to integrating and sharing information about New York City's open space. $12,500
Partnerships for Parks The Astoria/Long Island City Waterfront Catalyst Project will connect people and seven parks on the Queens waterfront. The Project will provide environmental education opportunities and encourage community-based stewardship of Long Island City's waterfront and tidal wetlands. $15,000
Phipps Community Development Corporation The Drew Gardens Restoration Project engages Bronx high school interns, West Farms community residents and middle school students in analyzing soil, planning landscapes, constructing garden beds and compost bins, removing invasive species, planting native species and attending ecology workshops. $5,000
Pratt Institute The PICCED (Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development) Sustainability and Environmental Justice Initiative offers assistance in planning, design, and project implementation to help NYC communities expand and enhance natural areas and open space and implement alternative approaches to transportation, energy conservation and production, stormwater and solid waste management. $18,000
Project Teen Aid Family Services Fort Greene Sprouts helps young families establish life-long connections with the natural world through park clean-ups and rooftop gardening and by nurturing family traditions in parks. The program offers environmental field trips and encourages community dialogue about appreciating and protecting the natural world. $4,000
Prospect Park Alliance Through Youth Employment: Environmental Education Programs in Prospect Park, teenagers will remove invasive species, stabilize slopes and expand woodchip paths. The Woodlands Crew, a year-round, 17-member restoration team will help to preserve Brooklyn’s last stand of forest and 60-acre lake. $15,000
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Expanding Natural Areas Park Support will broaden citizen appreciation for the flora and fauna of the Greenbelt through guided nature walks in Staten Island’s federal, state and city nature preserves. The project will increase active public interest in open space protection. $4,500
Randall's Island Sports Foundation KIC Natureis a two-semester program integrating math and science, for 90 fifth- and sixth-graders. Students will learn scientific methodology as they observe the forests and wetlands of Randall's Island, create models, record data, form hypotheses and write research papers. $13,000
The River Project Through the Underwater Soundscape of New York Harbor, with Pictures--sound recordings of what lies beneath Pier 26--visitors to The River Project’s field station and website can connect with otherwise anonymous creatures that dwell within the Hudson River in one of the world’s busiest ports. $13,500
Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research Fostering Collaborative Efforts to Preserve and Protect the Marine Environment continues the Riverhead Foundation’s efforts to educate New York City organizations--including city and state agencies, schools and environmental organizations--about proper response techniques to use with stranded marine mammals and turtles in urban settings. $8,000
Riverkeeper Through the Leafpack Network Program, sixth- to twelfth-grade students and their teachers from New York City and Westchester County will investigate local river ecosystems by creating an artificial leaf pack and examining it over time to discover aquatic insects that serve as indicators of stream health. $10,000
Rocking the Boat High school students will work directly with scientists through the Bronx River Habitat Monitoring and Restoration Program. Participants will restore riverbanks, increase marine habitat, map soil and river hydrology and compile water quality data, while maintaining a community presence along the river. $15,000
Saw Mill River Audubon Audubon will construct Informational Kiosks at Pruyn Sanctuary, to be stocked with site maps and informational brochures. In providing information at the entrances of Sanctuary hiking trails to facilitate self-guided visits, the goal is to increase public access and raise awareness of fragile wetland habitats. $5,000
Sebago Canoe Club By getting more New Yorkers kayaking and canoeing through its Open Paddle Program and offering free environmental lectures, the Club will increase public appreciation of aquatic natural resources, especially the sensitive marsh ecosystems of Jamaica Bay. $10,000
Sherman Creek Project The Sherman Creek Project will involve middle school special education students at Intermediate School 143 in upper Manhattan near the Harlem River in restoring, monitoring and conserving the wetlands and mudflats of Sherman Creek, as they develop an appreciation of the city's natural resources and unique wildlife. The grant supports field trips and aquatic testing equipment. $2,500
SPLASH Twenty-two second grade classes from different Westchester County communities, cultures and socio-economic neighborhoods will participate in shared science learning adventures as they visit the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Students in SPLASH (Science Partners Learning about Animals of the Sound and Hudson) sein, sail, dissect fish, observe specimens in classroom aquariums and study adaptation. $20,000
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Science The first designated wildlife refuge in New York State--Staten Island’s William T. Davis Preserve--has fallen into disrepair. Through Back on Trail: Phase I - Field Assessment, museum scientists will conduct site assessments and recommend plans for the Preserve's restoration and public use. $10,000
Trees New York The Bronx Citizen Pruner Network and Stewardship Initiative will train community members to become citizen stewards of trees in Bronx neighborhoods. $7,500
Trees New York The Urban Forest Protection Hotline and Information Service (1-877-STOP-ALB) will bolster efforts to troubleshoot problems and improve reporting protocols for a New York City hotline dedicated to reporting invasive species, including the Asian Longhorned Beetle. $7,500
Urban Divers Through the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Monitor and Environmental Education Project, Urban Divers offers adventurous public programs to determine what "lives and lurks beneath our estuary." The grant supports eco-cruises, estuary field trips, watershed monitoring and development of the Harlem River Environmental Center. $10,000
Urban Park Rangers The Natural Classroom Fund for Teachers enables 500 New York City teachers and their classes to participate in a park-based, natural history curriculum for Kindergarten-8th-grade students framed around activities in conservation, ecology, geology, ornithology, botany, entomology and ichthyology. $25,000
Wave Hill The Forest Project at Wave Hill offers teenagers comprehensive environmental stewardship and leadership training with college credit. Components include Street Tree Internships for ninth-graders, seven-week paid Plant Science Internships for tenth-twelfth-graders, GIS Internships in Riverdale Park and Junior Crew Leaders. $8,000
Westchester Land Trust To develop strategies for Landscape Biodiversity Protection in northwestern Westchester County, the Westchester Land Trust will partner with municipal and civic leaders in Cortlandt, Yorktown and New Castle to coordinate easements, land purchases and land use reforms. $5,000
Wildlife Conservation Society Young people from New York City high schools will participate in marine biology internships as part of the New York Aquarium Teen Conservation Program. Students will research and interpret the habitat, biology and conservation of native marine life for visitors to the Aquarium. $10,000
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice The Campaign to Increase Community Knowledge and Stewardship of The Bronx River will train youth organizers in strategies for promoting broad public involvement with the river and involve them in leading ecology and stewardship workshops, planning a green roof and conducting GPS mapping for a fish and shellfish habitat project. $10,000
Total Projects: 69 Total Funding: $763,200

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