For the Birds! Greenpoint at P.S. 110 The Monitor School 2020-03-09T11:38:24+00:00

Project Description

For the Birds! Greenpoint at P.S. 110 The Monitor School

Project Lead: Audubon New York/National Audubon Society
2014 Project Partners: P.S. 110 The Monitor School; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; and McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
2015 Project Partners: P.S. 110 The Monitor School; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; Prospect Park Alliance; Prospect Park Audubon Center; Eco-Schools; NYC Compost Project; North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance); and the Horticultural Society of New York
Project Location: P.S. 110 The Monitor School, 124 Monitor Street; and Monsignor McGolrick Park
Total GCEF Funding: $76,700
2014 GCEF Grant: $24,857 2015 GCEF Grant: $51,843
Total Matching Contributions: $67,714
2014 Matching Contribution: $15,044 2015 Matching Contribution: $26,335
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $144,414
Project Completed: July 2017
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2014, through a competitive grant process, the National Audubon Society received a $24,857 GCEF grant (and provided $15,044 in matching funds) to implement a “For the Birds!” environmental education program at P.S. 110 the Monitor School. “For the Birds!” is an innovative program that promotes learning in the sciences and language arts as well as community engagement among young students and adults. The program moved between the classroom and Monsignor McGolrick Park, where native habitat sites served as focal points for students to learn about science concepts, ecosystem processes, and the bird and other wildlife species that rely upon urban green spaces. The 2014 “For the Birds!” program was implemented in five 3rd grade classrooms from April to December of that year. Students learned about basic bird biology, adaptation, migration, mechanics of flight, and other topics with program content making critical connections to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as the language arts. Students were also introduced to the diverse urban wildlife that exists in their own communities by exploring their local parks and green spaces.

In 2015, the National Audubon Society received an additional GCEF grant of $51,843 (and provided $26,335 in matching funds) to continue and expand the “For the Birds!” program at P.S. 110 the Monitor School. Additional project activities included creating a new school garden, and delivering adult and family-focused environmental education workshops for Greenpoint residents. The 2015 “For the Birds!” program was implemented in 3rdand 4th grade classrooms in the Spring of 2016, and in the Fall and Spring of 2017.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 224 total students participated in the program for a total of over 2,475 environmental education programming hours
  • Students helped to plant approximately 300 native plants in McGolrick Park (in conjunction with For the Birds! at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy) and a total of 302 native plants in the habitat garden at P.S. 110
  • Post-project evaluations demonstrated an increase in bird knowledge, a positive change in attitude towards birds and the environment, and an increased stewardship ethic among students participating in the project to help birds thrive locally
  • 54 adults participated in 6 adult workshops focused on topics which included birding within the local community, composting in Greenpoint, and native plants and gardens
  • 7 local residents were recruited, trained, and retained as program volunteers and participated in the creation of a bird-friendly native habitat garden on school grounds (in conjunction with For the Birds! St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy)
RELATED MEDIA

Greenpoint students install bird-friendly plants at school (Greenpoint Star, June 14, 2016)

Audubon New York’s For the Birds! lands in Greenpoint (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 14, 2016)

G’Point Park to Get Fowl-Friendly Addition (Brooklyn Paper, May 30, 2014)