Green Beans Environmental Education
|Project Lead:||YMCA of Greater New York – Greenpoint Branch|
|Project Partners:||New York City Department of Parks and Recreation|
|Project Location:||Lentol Gardens: 178 Bayard Street|
|Fact Sheet:||Green Beans Environmental Education PDF|
|Project Status:||Completed (October 2014)|
In 2014, The YMCA of Greater New York, Greenpoint Branch received $22,750 in GCEF funding (and provided $21,100 in matching funds) to support their “Green Beans” program for young children. Green Beans is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program, focused on environmental science, nature, gardening, and technology, that educates more than 200 local children every year. GCEF funding was used to sustain an afterschool program that takes place in and supports Lentol Gardens, a City park in southern Greenpoint. Lesson plans, learning objectives, and community partnerships with neighborhood green spaces were developed for the program, allowing 150 Greenpoint children, ages 3-12, to learn about urban gardening, recycling, conservation, composting, rainwater collection systems, plant biology, and maintenance. The participating students visited Greenpoint’s Franklin Street Community Garden, the Queens County Farm Museum, and Lentol Gardens. GCEF funding also supported teacher access to training from Bank Street College and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, resulting in students being provided an average of 8 additional hours per month in STEM learning, especially related to plant biology and gardening.
- Educated 150 Greenpoint children, ages 3-12, about urban gardening, recycling, conservation, composting, rainwater collection systems, and plant biology and maintenance.
- Provided teacher access to training from Bank Street College and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
- Increased students’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning, especially related to plant biology and gardening, for an average of 8 hours per month.
Two Youth STEM Efforts Get $20K+ From Environmental Fund (Technical.ly Brooklyn, March 11, 2014)