For the Birds! Greenpoint at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy 2020-03-04T10:32:56+00:00

Project Description

For the Birds! Greenpoint at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy

Project Lead: Audubon New York/National Audubon Society
2014 Project Partners: St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; and McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
2015 Project Partners: St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; Prospect Park Alliance; Prospect Park Audubon Center; Eco-Schools; NYC Composting Project; North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance); North Brooklyn Community Boathouse (formerly North Brooklyn Boat Club); and the Horticultural Society of New York
Project Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy: 12 Newell Street; and Monsignor McGolrick Park
Total GCEF Funding: $72,260
2014 GCEF Grant: $24,857 2015 GCEF Grant: $47,403
Total Matching Contributions: $41,708
2014 Matching Contribution: $16,162 2015 Matching Contribution: $25,546
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $113,968
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 $16,162 in matching funds) to implement a “For the Birds!” environmental education program at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. “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 in Eastern Greenpoint. 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 four 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms from April to December 2014. 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 $47,403 (and provided $25,546 in matching funds) to continue and expand the “For the Birds!” program at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. 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 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms in the Spring of 2016, and in the Fall and Spring of 2017, and another program for the entire student body in grades K-8.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 219 total students participated in the program for a total of over 1,583 environmental education programming hours
  • Students helped to plant approximately 300 native plants in McGolrick Park (in conjunction with “For the Birds!” at P.S. 110 the Monitor School) and a total of 132 native plants in the habitat garden at St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy
  • Project evaluations demonstrated an increase in bird knowledge, a positive change in attitude towards birds and the environment, and an increased stewardship ethic and desire to help birds thrive locally among students participating in the project
  • 40 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! at P.S. 110 the Monitor School)
RELATED MEDIA

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