Environmental Education Shed 2018-07-09T13:12:53+00:00

Project Description

Environmental Education Shed

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance; Sarah Durand, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York; Jane Bekwith and Kestrel Perez, St. Joseph’s College; Boy Scouts of America, Troup 469 “Pride of Greenpoint;” and Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
2018 Project Lead: North Brooklyn Community Boathouse
2018 Project Partners: Eco Schools, Environmental Science Department-LaGuardia Community College, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Newtown Creek Alliance, NYCH20
Project Location: North Brooklyn Boat Club, 437 McGuinness Boulevard/41 Ash Street and Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant: $24,426
Matching Contribution: $3,600
2018 GCEF Grant: $88,784
2018 Matching Contribution: $24,827
Fact Sheet: Environmental Education Shed PDF
Project Status: Ongoing

In 2014, North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) received a $24,426 GCEF grant (and provided $3,600 in matching funds) to support ongoing environmental education programming at the EDshed. Established by NBBC, in conjunction with LaGuardia Community College, the EDshed is a hands-on environmental education and research center that connects Greenpoint residents to their surrounding waterways. The GCEF grant was used to develop and expand community workshops, as well as training for educators on marine sciences and aquatic conditions specific to Newtown Creek and the East River, including water testing, wildlife monitoring, and plankton sampling.

Over the life of the project, the EDshed offered environmental education programming to 845 participants at 48 events, and involved over 15 different local community groups and education institutions. The GCEF grant also supported the creation and maintenance of an instructional aquarium, which holds such species as local fish, crab, mollusks, and invertebrates. Print materials, including a poster series, outreach cards, and a workbook, were created to enhance the educational programming. Since completing the GCEF grant, the EDshed has continued to host numerous field trips and educational events. The EDshed programming continues to operate using much of the equipment purchased by GCEF funds.

Environmental Education Shed (Ed Shed) – II
In 2018, through a competitive process, the North Brooklyn Community Boat House was awarded $88,784 in additional funding for equipment, personnel and materials, including multiuser canoes, to allow the Education Shed aka “Ed Shed” a local educational hub to expand its community-based and on-the-water “Floating Classroom” environmental programming and improve its environmental footprint along Newtown Creek.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Educated 845 community members at 48 events about marine sciences and aquatic conditions specific to Newtown Creek and the East River
  • Involved 15 different local community groups and education institutions in the education of Greenpoint residents about their waterways
  • Supported the creation of an instructional aquarium displaying species native to Newtown Creek, including local fish, crab, mollusks, and invertebrates
RELATED MEDIA

The Eyes and Ears of Newtown Creek (Scienceline, April 8, 2015)