New York City Environmental Fund Past Grants

2007 NYCEF Grants
Organization Project Description Amount
Alley Pond Environmental Center The Scientific Research and Inquiry Program, a three-semester field biology internship program for high school juniors and seniors, utilizes Alley Pond Park as a laboratory for evaluating the habitat value of freshwater bodies, marine systems and forest eco-systems. Students release trout fry in Alley Creek. $7,500
American Museum of Natural History The Great Pollinator Project-Bee Watchers, a project of the American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity and the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, engages citizen scientists in gathering data about New York City’s native bee pollinators. The project will be improved, expanded, and linked to other urban bee projects. $12,000
American Littoral Society Through the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup in New York City and Westchester County, thousands of volunteers will document and remove debris from 161 miles of urban beaches, wetlands, waterways and waterfronts. The clean-up promotes strategies to combat pollution and increases stewardship of coastal environments. $10,000
Audubon New York For The Birds!, a program in 11 New York City elementary schools, gets youngsters appreciating nature in their own neighborhoods. Culminating stewardship projects improve bird habitat by engaging students in native plantings or constructing birdhouses and feeders in schoolyards, nearby parks and community gardens. $11,000
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Student Voices: the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Green Project will engage Christopher Columbus High School students in the research, design and construction of a nature trail connecting one of the city’s great 19th century country estates with the Pelham Bay shoreline. $12,500
Bronx County Historical Society Go Out and Enjoy the Bronx, a series of indoor and outdoor workshops, talks, and walks led by geologists, historians and educators, will involve the general public and students in investigating the environmental history of the Bronx. Participants will examine relationships between the natural and built environment. $7,500
Bronx River Alliance Bronx River Alliance Website Improvement and Expansion builds public involvement by facilitating the recruitment of participants/volunteers. New features will include easier site navigation, updatable pages, consistent logo, Spanish-language info, online registration and donation methods, data uploads, and wildlife sighting reporting capacity. $10,000
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Enhancing Field Studies and Science Research at BASE (Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment) will involve high school students in studies of the urban environment in their own neighborhoods. BASE 12th graders will conduct research projects that examine real world problems, mentored by Brooklyn Botanical Garden scientists. $12,500
CEC Stuyvesant Cove, Inc. As part of Solar One’s 2008 K-12 Enrichment Program, the East River Estuary Education Project and Parks Internships enables 450 students to explore Stuyvesant Cove’s estuarine ecosystem in a variety of ways that include studies of native plants, oyster gardening and water quality testing. $10,000
The Center for Urban Pedagogy The Sewer in a Suitcase (SIS) is a portable, working model of Combined Sewer Overflow that can be used by community organizations and schools to demonstrate the impact of rainwater on urban sewage and water systems, and thus urban water ecology. $10,388
City Parks Foundation Working with 12 public schools and six community groups, Coastal Classroom will provide water-based lessons to nearly one thousand students and community members along the East River waterfront in Queens, focusing on river ecology, water quality, urban waterfront restoration and preservation. $9,500
Cornell Cooperative Extension Island Explorers, five one-day environmental education sessions on Governor's Island, involves uo to fifty 12-17-year-olds in walking tours led by the National Park Service, team-building adventures, a scavenger hunt, workshops in aquatic and field ecology and a narrated harbor tour. $25,000
Council on the Environment of New York City Ongoing Preservation of NYC Shoreline Areas will motivate 300 students from 13 classes drawn from two schools and a youth organization to plant 750 trees and 2,500 groundcover plants and remove 5,000 feet of invasive species along four water bodies in six New York City parks. $11,000
Drosera The Union Square Park Native Plant Display Garden presents indigenous flora and serves as an outdoor classroom and wildlife oasis. The project supports the Union Square Greenmarket, New York City’s retail outlet for certified native plants by demonstrating the aesthetics and biodiversity of the city’s natural heritage. $6,000
Eastern Queens Alliance Through field trips, professional development for teachers, school visits and summer workshops, Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Environmental Center Project educates children and adults about the ecological benefits of preserving and restoring the degraded ecosystem of Idlewild Park Preserve and the Jamaica Bay watershed. $10,000
Eibs Pond Education Program Through the Eibs Pond Community Youth Leadership Stewardship and Education Project, six teenagers will lead groups of children from PS 57 summer school, Junior Ranger Science Club and local community groups in park clean-ups, freshwater habitat restoration and native planting in Eibs Pond Park. $9,000
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy With technical assistance from New York City Audubon, young men from Queens Community House and Boy Scout Troop 96 will help construct The Bird Observation Blind at Meadow Lake. The Scouts and Queens County Bird Club members will design and implement bird watching programs. $10,000
Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation The Briggs Park Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation System will capture rainwater from a building’s roof and divert it to the adjacent playground. The project will reduce storm water run-off, minimize the use of potable municipal water for irrigation and demonstrate sustainable practices. $9,000
Forest Park Trust The Forest Park Natural Areas Assessment will gauge the relative success of management practices in the Trust’s 170-acre oak forest and Strack Pond in order to identify future sites for volunteer stewardship re-forestation programs, in anticipation of the PlaNYC Million Trees Initiative. $10,000
Friends of Gateway The Gateway Greenhouse Education Center and Reforestation Program will position itself as a potential recipient and provider of trees for the PlaNYC MillionTrees Initiative, develop a native plants trail with teenagers from a neighboring, soon-to-be-opened Charter School and involve people with disabilities in ongoing stewardship activities. $10,000
Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies As part of the Student Environmental Conservation and Stewardship Initiative, 329 Freshman Environmental Seminar students will conduct action-oriented research and field studies of the Hudson River while 200 Wildlife Conservation Students study and remove invasive species from Staten Island’s forests and wetlands. $10,000
Friends of Oakland Lake and Ravine Through a series of planting events, workshops and nature walks, the Youth Stewardship Program will involve groups of young people from Queens in establishing native species and sprucing up rundown park amenities at the entrance of Oakland Lake and Ravine. $9,000
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park The Environmental Internship – “Leading by Example Phase” will involve sixteen teenagers in teaching their peers at Riverdale Neighborhood House respect for the environment by hosting volunteer days and activities to increase public awareness of Van Cortlandt Park. The program involves youth in making tangible contributions in their community. $10,000
The Gaia Institute Integrating Stormwater end Greywater Treatment on Rooftops: Community Participation in Ecosystem Services in the South Central Bronx will develop an experiential encounter for an urban population on the value of green roofs in affordable housing. Gaia will develop exhibitry, demonstrations and interactive monitoring systems. $10,600
Green Map System The Green Schools Green Map Project, an online medium for viewing and assessing progress towards sustainability by schools citywide, will encourage students and the wider school community to take a direct interest in healthy environments, sustainability education, resource conservation and green living. $10,000
Greenbelt Conservancy The 2008 Youth Stewards Program will engage college-bound and college-enrolled students in ecological assessments and restoration in the Greenbelt’s High Rock Park and the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge. Students will investigate factors behind environmental degradation and implement techniques to revitalize targeted natural areas. $10,000
Greenburgh Nature Center Habitat Restoration of the Greenburgh Nature Center Pond and Wetlands will involve high school students and volunteers in removing invasives; planting 700 native shrubs and herbaceous plants; and building wood duck and owl nest boxes for a newly-dredged vernal pond. $9,700
Historic Hudson Valley Using conservation and service learning as a medium for youth development, The Youth Conservation Corps will recruit, select, train, and mentor 12 teenagers from Greenburgh’s Theodore D. Young Community Center to restore an 18-acre wooded tract at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, currently inaccessible to the public. $10,000
Hudson River Park Trust To increase self-guided field trips and foster Hudson River stewardship, The Teacher’s Guide to Hudson River Park will demonstrate to K-12 educators how the park’s habitat gardens, Estuarine Sanctuary pile fields, and interactive play spaces can be used for interdisciplinary lessons that meet curriculum standards. $8,000
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Through the Hudson River Stewardship Initiative, the Clearwater will offer three-day leadership training sails for 35 teenage girls from Rocking the Boat and the Harbor School (Young Women at the Helm), sails for 30 teachers (from Wallerstein Hudson River Institute and other schools) and Classroom on the Waves programs for approximately 120 children. $10,000
Lower East Side Ecology Center To make the estuary more accessible through experiential learning, The East River Community Education Series will present free Fishing Clinics, lectures and Beach Exploration Days beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. A Fishmobile will be developed to take the Center’s estuary program on the road. $10,000
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance As part of a convening effort to develop a unified action agenda for waterfront revitalization, The Waterfront Play Task Force will solicit input from a broad base of leaders on access and recreational uses of water, including swimming, boating, and fishing, but also esplanade, edge and greenway creation. $12,500
More Gardens! Fund Through Rise Up and Respect the Bronx! Youth Mentorship Program, four teenagers will lead an environmental camp for fifteen 8-12-year-olds in a South Bronx community garden. Children will create wildlife habitats, take trips to natural areas, and work with neighborhood nature specialists. $10,000
National Maritime Historic Society The Harbor Voices anthology will explore the interconnection of waters, shores, marine creatures, vessels, and people that defines New York Harbor. The published book will reveal the changes the working harbor has experienced over time, illuminating the harbor’s vitality and role in our everyday lives. $6,500
New York City Audubon Society, Inc. The Harbor Herons Ecotour Project will sponsor five summer boat tours for 300 youngsters and their chaperons during summer 2007. The program helps develope a diverse audience of stewards to safeguard nesting sites and protect urban wetlands where herons forage. $9,000
New York City Soil and Water Conservation District The New York City Outdoors Expo links organizations with teachers, pre-service teachers and informal educators, displaying a cross-section of environmental education resources available for use by NYC schools and practitioners. The event feature exhibits, live-demonstrations and workshops to encourage teachers to incorporate field studies and environmental education into their science curriculum. $1,000
New York/New Jersey Baykeeper Through Oyster Gardening in NY Waters: Education Through a Living Classroom, a New York City-based coordinator will train oyster gardeners, develop curricula, map garden locations and provide monitoring and data oversight. Gardened oysters will be planted in an educational wetlab or on New York City’s first solar-powered oyster reef. $10,000
New York University The fourth (2007-2008) Hudson River Estuary Teacher Seminar conducted by the Wallerstein Collaborative will involve 15 K-12 teachers in a two-week summer seminar to develop and share lesson plans about the river and learn the skills to engage students in field-based stewardship projects. $15,000
Pratt Center for Community Development Through Just Spaces: Injecting Equity into the PlaNYC 2030 Public Plaza Initiative, The Pratt Center will conduct research and advocacy to ensure that equity is a central concern in the process. Staff will develop tools to ensure that underserved communities participate and benefit. $10,000
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods A program of well-publicized naturalist-led walks (140 over a sixteen-month period) will involve ever-greater numbers of individuals and families in discovering Staten Island’s wild places, thereby Expanding Public Awareness of Natural Areas and Open Spaces. Volunteers will remove invasives and plant native species. $10,000
Queens Botanical Garden Strengthening Public Connections to Sustainability will enhance the Garden’s Sustainable Landscapes and Buildings Project through a multi-lingual dynamic touchscreen system for displaying and interpreting data received from green roof instrumentation. The system will educate the public to become effective stewards of New York City’s natural resources. $9,000
Randall’s Island Sports Foundation Working in partnership with science teachers from local public schools and Bank Street College of Education’s Tiorati Workshop for Environmental Learning, the Randall’s Island Kids Nature 2007-2008 will offer 240 students opportunities to study and explore the Park’s wetlands, meadows and forest sites. $10,000
The River Project The New York Harbor Underwater Exploration DVD will depict the sights and recorded sounds of plants and animals living among piers and pilings on Manhattan’s lower west side and reveal what scientists and divers understand from observing them. $9,300
Riverkeeper The Leaf Pack Network Program in the NYC Watershed is a hands-on, field-based educational program that engages the city’s educators and K-12 students in monitoring and documenting the health of local streams that feed the New York City drinking water supply. $3,900
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance The Rockaway Dune Preserve-Environmental Stewardship/Advocacy Afterschool Program will involve middle school students in the Rockaways in revitalizing eight-acres of waterfront to create a native dune preserve and outdoor classroom. $12,500
Saw Mill River Audubon Society To encourage visitation, Haas Sanctuary Expansion and Enhancements will enable the Society to add a parking lot and entrance sign. Volunteers will census and seed native plants in meadows and construct and install bluebird boxes for an interpreted wildlife trail. $9,500
Sebago Canoe Club The Young People’s Open Paddle Program will introduce 10-16 year olds to Jamaica Bay. The program, led by environmental activists, fosters stewardship in the next generation by getting youth out on the water and connecting them to a natural treasure right in their neighborhoods. $8,000
Soundwaters Summer Outdoor Ecology introduces twenty middle school students from the Carver Center in Port Chester to the wonders of coastal and freshwater habitats through naturalist-led field trips and environmental activities. The two-session program teaches an understanding of how individual activities impact the environment. $8,000
South Street Seaport Museum To implement Estuary Explorers, the Museum will recruit after school youth groups to develop projects about New York City urban ecosystems for a judged competition. Participants will receive curricular materials and guidelines. Ten winning teams will enjoy a harbor tugboat ride aboard the W.O.Decker. $9,000
SPLASH Students Learn to Protect the Sound and Hudson employs interdisciplinary field and classroom studies to encourage environmental literacy in 480 second-graders from different Westchester County communities. Through explorations of waterways and wildlife, the program fosters friendships between children from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. $12,500
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences Through Back on Trail – Phase 2, the Museum will follow-up a 2006 assessment of field conditions at the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge by making an existing trail accessible to the public through a printed guide and trail markers. $10,000
Trees New York Young Citizen Pruner Program: Environmental Stewards engages youth through in-depth outdoor training in tree identification, tree care, and tree bed gardening. Trees New York will select five organizations and train 200 young people to increase the canopy of their neighborhoods through hands-on forestry activities. $15,000
Trout Unlimited Expanded Trout in the Classroom Trout Release Field Trips will enable fifty NYC classes who’ve raised trout from eggs to fingerlings to visit upstate parks to release trout in clear, cold streams in the spring. The field trips help children make connections between clean drinking water and the healthy habitats in which trout thrive. $11,000
United Neighborhood Houses The After-School Conservation Club (ASCC), based on partnerships between United Neighborhood Houses and The After-School Corporation (TASC) involves 600 children at 10 sites in stewardship projects and a well-tested environmental curriculum, developed by NYS-DEC. A portion of the grant ($7,000) is to help make the program sustainable. $57,000
Urban Park Rangers This grant is for overnight camping trips to prepare nearly 100 NYC young people to participate in the NYS DEC Campership Program at ew York State's conservation education camp. The program gives urban youth with little outdoor experience opportunities to camp and canoe in New York City. $15,600
Wave Hill The Forest Project at Wave Hill promotes environmental stewardship through hands-on participation, engaging diverse community groups in volunteer field work and restoration activities to preserve natural resources. The Forest Project Summer Collaborative offers internships that help Bronx teens build skills for college and careers. $8,000
Wildlife Conservation Society The Teen Conservation Program at the New York Aquarium educates High School teens about Critical aquatic habitats and the wildlife they support. Teen docents share their knowledge through presentations to visitors at the Aquarium’s exhibits. $10,000

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