Floating Classrooms on Greenpoint’s Waterways 2018-01-15T12:55:07+00:00

Project Description

Floating Classrooms on Greenpoint’s Waterways

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance; Sarah Durand, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York; Michael Levandowski, Pace University; and Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn
Project Location: Newtown Creek
GCEF Grant: $24,693
Matching Contribution: $25,000
Fact Sheet: Floating Classrooms PDF
Project Status: Completed (April 2015)

In 2014, North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) received a $24,693 GCEF grant (and provided $25,000 in matching funds) to expand their waterways environmental education program. Funding added two 12- to 14-person canoes, and related paddles, safety equipment and storage systems to NBBC’s fleet of 25 small boats used for public paddle trips. The larger, more stable boats purchased with GCEF funding allowed NBBC’s education program to serve more than 300 Greenpointers including all ages and boating skills. Over 20 environmental education trips were conducted for a dozen local groups (such as schools, community organizations, and church and business groups). GCEF funds were also used to develop an environmental curriculum tailored to the environmental history and landmarks of the local waterways. Finally, GCEF funds helped train 6 new canoe trip leaders, including allowing the trip leaders to take part in a 2-day American Canoe Association certified on-water training, an 8-hour “First Aid for Urban Waterways” workshop, and New York City Fire Department CPR training.

Since the completion of the GCEF grant, NBBC has taken hundreds more people out onto Greenpoint’s surrounding waterways for dedicated environmental education and anticipates the canoes will continue to be an invaluable asset in bringing greater environmental awareness and inspiration to local residents, community groups and educational institutions for years to come. Floating Classrooms programming continues to operate with much of the equipment purchased with GCEF funds. The big canoes and much of the safety equipment purchased under GCEF allow more and more groups of individuals to safely access Newtown Creek and the East River.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Added two 12- to 14-person canoes and related paddles, safety equipment and storage systems to North Brooklyn Boat Club’s existing fleet of boats used for public paddle trips
  • Conducted over 20 environmental education trips for a dozen local groups with a total of over 300 participants
  • Developed environmental curriculum tailored to the environmental history and landmarks of local waterways
  • Trained 6 new canoe trip leaders
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