Green Beans Environmental Education 2020-03-04T10:43:07+00:00

Project Description

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: 178 Bayard Street
GCEF Grant: $22,750
Matching Contribution: $21,100
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $43,850
Project Completed: October 2014
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2014, through a competitive process, 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. GCEF funding was used to sustain an afterschool program that takes place in and supports Lentol Garden, a Green Thumb garden in 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. In addition to Lentol Garden, the participating students visited Greenpoint’s Franklin Street Community Garden and the Queens County Farm Museum. 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.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • 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
RELATED MEDIA

Two Youth STEM Efforts Get $20K+ From Environmental Fund (Technical.ly Brooklyn, March 11, 2014)