New York City Environmental Fund Past Grants

2009 NYCEF Grants
Organization Project Description Amount
Alley Pond Environmental Center The Alley Pond Environmental Center Field Biology Internship engages teenagers in cultivating scientific inquiry and experimentation indoors and in the field. The program gives young people tools to assess the urban environment and conserve and care for it, concluding with a project to synthesize independent research. $7,500
American Museum of Natural History The Great Pollinator Project – Bee Watchers enhances understanding and management of New York City’s native bees while engaging citizen scientists to gather data about them. Working cooperatively with land managers to improve and conserve urban bee habitat, staff will double volunteer participation and increase webbased resources and training. $12,500
American Littoral Society The 2009 International Coastal Clean-up in New York City and Westchester County will engage volunteers in documenting and removing debris from beaches, waterways, wetlands and waterfronts. The project increases public stewardship and awareness of the urban coastal environment and devises strategies to combat pollution. $10,000
Audubon New York For the Birds! An Environmental Education Experience involves children in 14 New York City elementary schools in a program incorporating hands-on activities, bird watching and habitat enhancement. The program connects children to nature in their own communities in order to help them love, cherish and, ultimately, protect it. $10,000
The Butterfly Project The Butterfly Project’s Pollinator Curriculum Phase 2 will convey the vital role urban pollinators play in sustaining life. The completed online and print resource, tailored for junior high students, will include science and stewardship projects and hands-on activities for the classroom and field. $9,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York The Quadricentennial Scavenger Hunt Exploration will engage the public in a unique outdoor, experiential, environmental learning exploration on Governors Island during New York City Harbor Day and the Quadricentiennial festivities over the course of two weekend days in September focusing on the ecology, natural history, landscape, culture, and history of Governors Island, the Hudson River and New York harbor. $15,000
Council on the Environment of New York City Through classroom and shoreline restoration projects in the field, Youth Restore Water in the New York City Region will engage 500 students and 19 classes from seven intermediate and high schools in efforts to improve water quality by planting trees and plants and removing invasive species. $10,000
Drosera The Union Square Park Native Plant Display Garden is designed to educate and engage New Yorkers with their local flora, while supporting wildlife, celebrating the city’s natural heritage and encouraging place-based nature education in the schools. $8,000
Eastern Queens Alliance Through workshops, field trips and classroom activities, the Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Environmental Learning Center Project will educate children, teachers and adults about the ecological benefits of restoring and preserving the degraded ecosystem of Idlewild Park Preserve and the Jamaica Bay Watershed. $10,000
Eibs Pond Education Program Through the Youth Leadership Stewardship and Education Project, environmental leaders will work with youngsters from community groups and summer school students to restore and maintain trails and wetlands surrounding Eibs Pond in Staten Island. The teens will run guided tours with students from the YMCA Science Club focused on the plants and animals of Eibs Pond, lead youngsters in conducting water quality testing and conduct clean-ups of all four ponds. $6,000
Friends of Blue Heron Park Explore Nature at Blue Heron Park will engage local scout troups and their families in guided walks, twice each weekend day. With guidance from science educators, scouts will earn nature badges and patches, with a focus on bird and wildlife studies. $3,700
Friends of the Woods C.R.O.W.: Community Restoration of Woodlands will engage the nearby community in ecological restoration of University Woods, a 3.3-acre Bronx park in University Heights, through a children’s summer program, adult-and-youth workshops, the development of a map, calendar and schedule and other physical amenities to encourage public enjoyment and use. $10,000
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park The Junior Naturalists Program, an after-school environmental education program for sixth- and seventh-grade students will involve twenty youngsters in hands-on activities and stewardship projects within Van Cortlandt Park. Students will plant trees and learn to identify flora and fauna. $10,000
The Gaia Institute Constructing Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Stormwater Management in Jamaica Bay will utilize GIS and simple spread-sheet models to engage students in determining the amount of stormwater that can be captured and cooled using specific practices for restoring urban watersheds while protecting the estuary. $10,000
Greenbelt Conservancy, Inc. The Youth Stewards Project, college interns will plant native species and remove invasives, while being mentored by New York City Parks and Recreation staff and experienced volunteers. The interns will conduct natural area assessments and digitize the results, contributing to a park wide management plan for the Greenbelt that will guide future restoration projects involving volunteers. $10,000
Greenburgh Nature Center Through Development of a Bronx River Watershed Exhibit and Educational Program, the Center will install a permanent aquarium to display and interpret live native fish and plant communities on the Bronx River ecosystem. High School students and volunteers will construct and install waterfowl and owl nest boxes and take part in clean-ups in Bronx River Parkway Preserve. $7,500
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater The Clearwater Collaboration with the New York Harbor School will provide intensive environmental education programs for over 100 high school students from the New York Harbor School and connect participating students to long-term volunteer activities with Clearwater and to opportunities for green-economy employment. $10,000
ioby/In Our Backyards IOBY combines the tools of online microphilanthropy and social networking to foster local environmental knowledge and action. Tapping a New Source of Donors for Local Environmental Projects: Launching IOBY.org as a Pilot Project in New York City will enable New York City community-based groups with limited resources to describe their projects on IOBY’s online marketplace where New Yorkers can explore the site, find worthwhile projects and make a donation or volunteer. $15,000
Lower East Side Ecology Center The Estuary Pollution Education and Remediation Program will raise public awareness of surface water pollution from Combined Sewer Overflows and design an artificial wetland to handle potential negative impacts of nutrient-rich leachate, a byproduct of the Center’s urban composting facility. $10,000
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance The Community Eco-Docks Planning Initiative will engage community residents, civic organizations and government agencies in the pre-development and design of “community eco-docks,” in order to provide extensive new opportunities to connect people to New York Harbor and the Hudson River. $10,000
Mosholu Preservation Corporation Embracing Our Parks Summer Youth Program involves college interns in mentoring Bronx high school students through hands-on projects to enhance parks and restore riverbanks, raise youngsters’ awareness of environmental issues, strengthen job readiness, and connect youth in the Northwest Bronx to a network of environmental groups. $5,000
New York/New Jersey Baykeeper The New York/New Jersey Baykeeper’s Oyster Program: Education and Advocacy for Restoration in New York incorporates hands-on environmental education in-and-after school, curriculum development, training workshops, lectures, an annual conference, and planting events to foster oyster restoration around New York Harbor. $10,000
New York State Urban & Community Forestry Council The Urban Forestry Council’s annual Re-leaf Conference will include bus tours to restoration sites on degraded lands at Newtown Creek and the Fountain Avenue landfill in Brooklyn. Re-Leaf: Connecting People by Showcasing Enriched Environmental Justice Sites will give conference attendees first-hand knowledge of how a neighborhood is bringing its environment back to life and how a capped landfill on a forgotten urban site can become a thriving forest. $2,000
North Shore Waterfront Conservany The Staten Island Environmental Education Waterfront Boat Tours will involve two hundred students, teachers, civic leaders, volunteers and New York City environmental groups in two field trips circumnavigating the island in order to acquaint them with the borough’s waterways, coastal features and environmental challenges. $6,800
Old Stone House of Brooklyn In collaboration with students from Middle School 51, the Old Stone House Outdoor Classroom and Environmental Education Program will transform a former dog run in Washington Park into native and medicinal plant gardens and increased wildlife habitat as a resource for neighborhood schools. $5,000
Poets House Marking the quadricentennial, Writing the Hudson River: 400 Years of Poetic Discovery will bring together poets and scholars at Wave Hill for a panel discussion on the historical and modern literature of the Hudson River Valley and a reading celebrating the region’s environmental history. Panelists’ examination of writers’ poetic engagement with landscape and place (from Native American oral cultures to 19th-century American masters and contemporary poets) will deepen the sense of connection with the region and its environmental and cultural legacies, inspiring further exploration and conservation. $5,000
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Increasing Public Involvement in Staten Island’s Natural Area and Open Spaces will introduce people to the borough’s parks, preserves, bluebelts, and areas planned for acquisition and preservation through 100 guided nature walks, in order to increase public understanding and support for land protection. $5,000
Randall's Island Sports Foundation The Randall’s Island Kids (RIK) Nature Program will offer elementary school students from Harlem and the South Bronx the opportunity to explore and study at the Randall’s Island wetlands, meadows, and forest sites. The on-site activities will then be integrated into the classroom science, mathematics, and writing curricula. $10,000
Rocking the Boat The Bronx River On-Water Education Program involves young people in rowing and sailing hand-built wooden boats through an after-school and summer youth development program, a school-based environmental education program, a job skills training program, and a community rowing program. $9,000
Sebago Canoe Club, Inc. The 2009 Youth and Open Paddle Programs will offer kayaking experiences and nature talks to youth groups, in partnership with Gateway National Park Rangers, Advisory Council of Starret City, and Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, to encourage them to become connected to and invested in Jamaica Bay. $8,000
SPLASH Science Partners Learning about Animals of the Sound and Hudson will involve second graders from different backgrounds in three Westchester County School Districts in hands-on classroom activities and field trips to instill appreciation and respect for the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, while nurturing friendships and teamwork. $12,500
Staten Island Museum Timed to complement international Quadricentennial celebrations of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York, CONTACT: 1609 will present the work of seven contemporary artists as they interpret the early encounter between Native American peoples and Europeans in the Metro area. Following Lenape Trails, a program of walks throughout Staten Island, will involve the public in exploring American Indian footpaths, beaches and forest areas while learning about native plants, animals and Lenape life. $5,000
Trout Unlimited Trout in the Classroom: Postcards from the Watershed helps connect children to their watershed through field trips to upstate rivers where students and teachers collect macroinvertebrates, conduct water quality testing, and release trout into streams that are part of New York City’s drinking water system. $8,350
Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy The Enviromedia Mobile, a 48-ft. environmental center on wheels, provides estuary education to schools, community groups and neighborhoods. Funds will support programs for communities along the Harlem River, at West 125th St on the Hudson, at Flushing Bay and at Fresh Creek on Jamaica Bay. $10,000
Waterfront Museum The 2009 Maritime/Environmental Education Initiative will include 45 group visits and twice-weekly open houses in the floating classroom at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Pier 44. An eight-week speaker series highlighting ship preservation projects will offer the public a glimpse of the groups that foster active community stewardship along NYC’s backyard waterways. $10,000
Wildlife Conservation Society The Teen Conservation Program at the New York Aquarium engages young people in studying and interpreting marine ecology to the public, and provides them with opportunities to conduct research and restoration at Coney Island Creek. The program builds community skills and environmental stewardship. $10,000
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice In Connecting the Community to the Bronx River through the Web, youth organizers will learn to navigate web-based programs and create a blog or Web site. The project will help sustain interest and participation in Bronx River events by local youth and community residents. $8,000

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