New York City Environmental Fund Past Grants

2006 NYCEF Grants
Organization Project Description Amount
Alley Pond Environmental Center The two-semester Scientific Research and Inquiry Program for High School Students will enable twenty students to observe, test hypoheses and draw conclusions about Alley Pond's complex ecology. Funds will cover recruitment costs and piblication of student research papers. $7,500
American Littoral Society The 2007 International Coastal Cleanup in New York City and Westchester County will involve nearly 3,000 volunteers in documenting and removing debris from 67 miles of beaches, waterways, wetlands and public waterfronts. The program encourages participants to become stewards of clean-up sites. $10,000
Audubon New York Through For the Birds!, An Urban Environmental Education Experience, New York City younsters from nine elementary schools participate in a multi-session interdisciplinary program to study bird identification, migration, adaptations, food chains and birds of prey in their own communities. A bird watcing field trip to local parks is the culmination of the program. $10,000
Beczak Environmental Center This project includes design and fabrication of permanent exhibits at Beczak's new Hudson River Interpretive Center. The exhibition is part of Beczak's broad strategy to expand its audiences beyond its core constituency of school children. $10,000
Bronx River Alliance, Inc. The Bronx River Education Program supports teachers and youth organization leaders in using the river as a classroom and springboard for activism. Canoe trips, signage, educational materials, river restoration projects and volunteer watershed monitoring programs engage the public in experiencing the river. $10,000
Brooklyn Children's Museum What's in a Green Building?. The Brooklyn Children's Museum will develop and evaluate graphic signage and media to explain environmentally responsible features of the Museum's expanded "green"facility. Interpreting Sustainable Design for Children will explore the building's use of solar and geothermal energy and renewable construction materials. $10,000
CEC Stuyvesant Cove, Inc. Energy, Estuaries, and the Environment will be explored at Solar One through programs for middle and high school students. Through hands-on activities, participating youth will study hydrology, marine life, human impacts on water quality and the ecology of the East River Estuary. $10,000
Council on the Environment of New York City Continued Expansion of Training Student Organizers to Preserve Shoreline Areas will involve 500 high school students from five schools in ten habitat improvement/shoreline restoration projects along the Bronx and Hudson Rivers, Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay and Gerritsen Creek to prevent erosion and preserve water quality while building student leadership. $10,000
Eastern Queens Alliance The Idlewild Park Mini Salt Marsh Environmental Center offers school- and field-based programs for children, teenagers and teachers. Led by college interns, these programs seek to increase science literacy and to build appreciation for the salt marsh environments along the shorelines of Jamaica Bay. $8,000
Eibs Pond Education Program The Youth Leadership Project will involve teenagers in studying flora and fauna of Staten Island kettle ponds and wetlands in order to lead public nature walks. Participants will produce a Field Guide to Eibs Pond Park for school groups and families. $10,000
Forest Park Trust The Wetlands and Woodlands Stewardship Program will engage local, ethnically diverse groups form around the park in 36 projects to protect and improve natural areas. The program will include a reassessment of Strack Pond's flora and fauna for a new management plan. $10,000
Friends of Blue Heron Park Sponsoring Environmental Education Classes for School Children at Blue Heron Park utilizes nine nature lessons in the field and the classroom to introduce youngsters to the wetlands, meadows and woodlands, seasonal changes, birds, butterflies and animals of Staten Island. $10,000
Friends of Gateway The Gateway Greenhouse Education Center and the Gateway Reforestation Program will involve students and disabled adults in growing trees at Gateway National Park for nearby landfills. Funds will underwrite a communications infrastructure including a dedicated Website, newsletter, signage and exhibits. $8,000
Friends of Oakland Lake & Ravine The Oakland Lake Reforestation and Soil Conservation Project will engage community volunteers in stabilizing Oakland Lake's shorelines in order to reduce erosion and water contamination. Volunteers will place cribbing on gradient slopes and plant low-standing native plants, increasing ground cover while retaining viewscape. $9,000
Friends of the High School of Environmental Studies The Youth Environmental Service and Learning Program will strengthen cource work through a New York City Environmental Report Card Project through which students will assess environmental quality in their neighborhoods. Studies of flora and fauna and a Boys Outdoor Leadership Program will be launched. $10,000
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Through a partnership with Riverdale Neighborhood House, the Friends will implement a Program of Environmental Internships, involving 16-18 teenagers in gaining work-related skills while deepening their interest in the environment. Interns learn leadership roles and become advocates for protecting natural resources. $10,000
Green Map System Green Apple Map's Past-Present-Future Initiative will result in digital and presentation resources to help New Yorkers gain deeper, more sustainable relationships with their everyday environment. Youth-friendly, map-based curricula for middle school children will be developed and disseminated. $10,000
Greenbelt Conservancy, Inc. Through Greenbelt Youth Leadership and Development Programs focused on Nature Interpretation and Ecological Restoration, "Teen Naturalists" will be trained to conduct nature walks and teach youngsters wilderness skills in High Rock Park while "Youth Stewards" restore woodlands and learn forest ecology. $10,000
Greenburgh Nature Center The Wildlife Habitat Protection Docent Training Program will recruit, train and supervise 80 high school students to collect information about the number and geographical distribution of plants, animals and organisms at the Greenburgh Nature Center, investigating how invasive species alter wildlife habitats. $10,000
The Greenpoint Video Project Completing New Greenpoint Viedo Projects-Continuing Operation and Development Project; Chronicling the changing face of New York City waterfronts, GVP produces cricial, celebratory views of a city and its shorelines. Works in Completing New Greenpoint Video Projects will include "The Last Day at the River Project," "Pier 63 Maritime" and "North Brooklyn's Waterfront." $10,000
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater The Young Women at the Helm Urban Leadership Training Programs will take place as the sloop travels between upriver towns. With women role models onboard, this program provides New York City teenage girls with hands-on skills, environmental awareness and team-building experiences. $10,000
Lower East Side Ecology Center Toward CSO Control: Outreach Toolkit will formalize and expand LESC's curriculum on combined sewer outfall impacts in the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary by tailoring teaching materials for students, teachers, the general public and waterfront users. Tools for meteorologists will be developed and tested. $10,000
Make the Road by Walking Inc. The Children's Grove Park Community Engagement Initiative will educate youth and community members on the value of maintaining green space and utilizing native plants in Bushwick. Funds will also support opportunities to plant and care for native perennials at Children's Grove Park. $7,500
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Outside New York, a public education campaign to increase public understanding of the links between ecological health and in-water recreation, will develop outdoor and on-water recreational programs and family-friendly Web and print materials to bring an environmental stewardship message to broader audiences. $10,000
The New York Botanical Garden The Garden's Forest Education Initiative promotes public awareness and appreciation for a 50-acre old-growth Forest by encouraging active community involvement in its renovation, upkeep and preservation. The grant supports professional development in using field-tested, hands-on, inquiry-based activities in the Forest. $8,000
New York City Audubon Society The Harbor Herons Ecotour Project will sponsor boat tours for youngsters and their chaperons. The program helps develop a diverse audience of stewards to safeguard nesting sites and protect urban wetlands where herons forage. $8,000
New York Restoration Project The Development of Pollinator Curriculum, a component of The Butterfly Project, will feature lesson plans, outdoor, classroom activities and assessment materials to enhance children's understanding of insects and build appreciation for their role in sustaining urban ecosystems. The materials will nurture youngsters to become wildlife stewards. $10,000
NIDC The Bronx River Initiative will involve community groups and after-school centers in Allerton and surrounding neighborhoods in river restoration and clean-ups, while providing aquatic education training to teachers in local public schools. The project builds a cadre of community environmental stewards. $5,000
New York City Parks/Greenbelt Native Plant Center Through Website Development for the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, GNPC will establish an online presence to provide community groups with user-friendly information on the Center’s services. The site will provide assistance in planning urban restoration projects, using native plants from local genotypic materials. $7,000
NYU Wallerstein Collaborative The Hudson River Teacher Institute introduces teachers and prospective teachers to resources, materials, and strategies including field-based learning, research, restoration and monitoring activities focused on the city’s estuary. Through an intensive summer seminar, participants will gain experience in developing and implementing ecological studies and stewardship projects. $15,000
PHIPPS Communty Development Corporation The Drew Gardens Stewards for the Urban Eco-System Project will remove invasive species, reestablish a riverfront walking path, plant native species, install beehives and create a Field Guide to Drew Gardens. Neighborhood youngsters and community gardeners will conduct urban forest restoration. $7,500
PICCED Whose Greenways: Equity Issues in Greenway Planning and Design will develop a prototype for PICCED’s technical assistance to environmental justice organizations along the Brooklyn waterfront and Bronx River. Recognizing that urban Greenways cannot be addressed through design alone, the prototype will integrate planning, advocacy, implementation and operations. $10,000
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Expanding Support for Natural Areas and Open Spaces involves the public (especially families) in 100 scheduled and well-promoted walks through the woodlands, wetlands and meadows of Staten Island. Such naturalist-led programs increase citizen awareness of the value of conserving the borough’s natural areas. $7,000
Queens Botanical Garden Building Public Connections to Sustainability-As Part of the Garden's Sustainable Landscapes and Buildings Project, digital interactive exhibit components interpreting the site's sustainable features will be developed and implemented, as a means of helping audiences of all ages learn how the Garden is conserving water and reducing energy usage. $10,000
Randall's Island Sports Foundation RIK Nature, a partnership between science teachers and the Tiorati Center of Bank Street College of Education, involves 240 students on weekly visits to the forests and wetlands of Randall’s Island. Onsite inquiry-based research activities are integrated into classroom science, math and writing curricula. $10,000
The River Project Virtual Dive into New York Harbor will involve high school interns from the Harlem Children’s Society in designing and implementing a website exhibiting and interpreting underwater sights and sounds of the harbor, including the sounds of fish beneath lower Manhattan piers. $10,000
Riverkeeper Through The Leafpack Network Program and New York City Watershed Expedition, 6th-12th grade students and their teachers from New York City and Westchester County will investigate local river and stream ecosystems by creating an artificial leaf pack and examining it to discover aquatic insects that serve as indicators of stream health. $10,000
Soundwaters Outdoor Ecology, an after-school program for middle school students at Carver Center in Port Chester, introduces youngsters to freshwater and coastal habitats through field-trips to nearby natural areas and Long Island Sound. Neighborhood clean-ups and planting habitat gardens foster a stewardship ethic. $8,000
South Street Seaport Museum The Art of Marine Science is a six-week classroom residency designed to improve science learning and environmental awareness through a program using the visual arts to integrate marine science, ecology and geography in public elementary and middle schools. $10,000
SPLASH Students Learn to Protect the Sound and Hudson (SPLASH) instills appreciation and respect for Long Island Sound and the Hudson River in second-graders from different communities in Westchester County. Field and classroom experiences enable children from different ethnic and socio-economic groups to learn about biodiversity and one another. $25,000
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences The staffs of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Science and Blue Heron Park will collaborate to celebrate Earth Day 2007. Nature Fest will combine indoor exhibits with naturalist-led outdoor activities, including pond studies, nature walks and bird banding. $5,000
Trees New York Young Citizen Pruner: Environmental Stewards instructs youth to plant, care for and advocate for more trees in NYC. Through tree planting with teenagers from Bronx Helpers, a program of New Settlement Apartments, the program increases the canopy of the Mt. Eden neighborhood. $9,000
Trout Unlimited Trout in the Classroom Trout Release Field Trips enables New York City classes to release trout that they have raised from eggs to fingerlings into a clean, cold upstate stream. Students will also conduct water quality assessments and macro-invertebrate population sampling to evaluate aquatic health. $10,000
United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) & The After School Corporation (TASC) The After School Conservation Club will develop and implement a pilot project of environmental education in established after-school programs for youth throughout New York City. Through a collaboration involving the New York State Department of Environmental Education, United Neighborhood Houses and TASC, the After School Center, activities will be drawn from nationally recognized materials and programs and adapted for use in urban settings. $50,000
UPROSE The Urban Forestry Initiative and Greenway Project will involve youth in mobilizing for community change by assisting in the design for a greenway/blueway along the waterfront, facilitating tree planting in Sunset Park between 4th Avenue and the waterfront, and leading community workshops/trainings. $10,000
Urban Divers The Community Environmental Education and Stewardship Program at the Harlem River and Gowanus Marine Field Stations encourages school groups and families to study urban ecology and marine life in New York City waterways. An internship program involves participating teens in maintaining fish in the Harlem River Estuarium. $10,000
Urban Park Rangers As part of the Campership Program 2006, Urban Park Rangers will recruit, prepare and transport up to one hundred 12-14 year old children from New York City to attend NYS-DEC summer camps in the Catskills free-of-charge. Pre-and-post camp activities will be arranged to encourage youngsters to make friends with other children going to camp, expose them to the kinds of experiences they will encounter and build environmental leadership. $121,406
Wave Hill The Forest Project engages community groups in volunteer field work and environmental restoration projects to improve natural areas and public green spaces. Through the Forest Project Summer Collaborative, Bronx teenagers acquire restoration skills and college credit. $10,000
Wildlife Conservation Society The Teen Conservation Program at the New York Aquarium enables more than 100 teenagers to learn about marine ecology as docents at the Aquarium and participate in a community service environmental conservation project restoring the salt marshes of Coney Island Creek. $10,000
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice To keep the community engaged in restoring public spaces, YMPJ will disseminate information concerning efforts to Monitor the Clean-up of Starlight Park on the Bronx River, utilizing community newsletters, open forums, avenues of communication and young people canvassing the neighborhood. $5,000

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