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 Open Space Alliance; 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|
|2014 GCEF Grant:||$24,857|
|2014 Matching Contribution:||$16,162|
|2015 GCEF Grant:||$47,403|
|2015 Matching Contribution:||$25,546|
|Fact Sheet:||For the Birds! Greenpoint at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy PDF|
|Project Status:||Completed (July 2017)|
The National Audubon Society received a $24,857 GCEF grant (and provided $15,044 in matching funds) in 2014 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:
- 41 students participated for a total of over 675 environmental education programming hours
- Students learned key concepts such as how to identify local species, bird migration, and adaptation
- Students participated in hands-on classroom and three outdoor field experiences in the local community
- The program culminated in a habitat project in collaboration with GCEF-funded NYC Audubon’s Urban Oasis project, helping to plant and maintaining approximately 300 native plant species in McGolrick Park
In 2015, the National Audubon Society received an additional GCEF grant of $47,403 (and provided $18,822 in matching funds) to continue and expand the “For the Birds!” program at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. Additional project activities have 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 Fall and Spring of 2017 and one program for the entire student body in grades K-8:
- 178 students participated for a total of over 908 environmental education programming hours
- Students and program volunteers participated in creating a bird-friendly native habitat garden at the school and plant a total of 132 native plants
- Conducted six adult workshops in which 40 adults participated; workshop topics included birding within the local community, composting in Greenpoint, and native plants and gardens
- Recruited, trained, and retained seven local residents as program volunteers. Volunteers participated in the creation of a bird-friendly native habitat garden on school grounds.
- 219 total students participated in the program, for a total of over 1,583 environmental education programming hours.
- 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 introduced to the diverse urban wildlife that exists in their own communities by exploring their local parks and green spaces.
- Students helped to plant approximately 300 native plant species in McGolrick Park and a total of 132 native plants in the habitat garden at St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy.
- Project evalutions 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.
G’Point Park to Get Fowl-Friendly Addition (Brooklyn Paper, May 30, 2014)