Environmental Education Modules

Environmental Education Modules

  1. Water/Shoreline Restoration - Five sessions

Protecting NYCs watershed region is vital to ensuring the continuing health of the citys drinking water and preserving the natural beauty of the area. Once virgin forest and later farmland, land adjacent to these water bodies is increasingly subject to suburban development; as a result the shorelines of many of the tributaries in the watershed have suffered from deforestation and stream banks have suffered terrible erosion from severe storms in recent years.

For the past decade, GrowNYC has been educating young people in city schools about the history and ecology of the watershed. Most importantly, we have been giving these future water supply stewards and consumers hands-on opportunities: students link with their upstate classmates and plant thousands of willow fascines, white ash, green ash, white oak, red oak, and river birch each year to ensure the natural integrity of this priceless resource.


1) Where does NYCs drinking water come from? What is the history of the system? Introduction to dissolved oxygen.

2) How does the water supply system work and what does it consist of? Introduction to pH

3) What is shoreline restoration and how does it help water quality? Water conservation assignment; Introduction to phosphate.

4) Review water conservation results; review information above about water supply system, brief description of NY/NJ Harbor Estuary and its relationship to our lives.

5) Restoration project at local park near water body or in NYCs upstate Watershed.

Cost for A: $1,530 for entire module with one teacher and class, $575 for each additional class, e.g. If 3 teachers choose this module, the cost will be $2,680 (1,530 + 575+ 575); if the module is chosen by other teachers during a different time segment the costs would increase to reflect that.

  1. Energy - six sessions (option for 2-3 more)

Reducing energy use by just one kilowatt hour per day can significantly reduce carbon emissions. In the past five years, 3000 teens from schools throughout the city have learned about the link between energy use, global warming and the need to seek alternative energy sources. They have built and displayed solar ovens and solar houses, written newsletters about alternative energy and energy conservation and distributed them to hundreds of schoolmates and community residents and practiced lighting conservation at home.

1) What are the types and sources of energy? Worldwide distribution of energy use; how does an electric power plant work?

2) Classroom and home lighting conservation

3) Review lighting results; global warming map and exercise sheet

4) Trip to energy facility

5) Solar oven review

6) Build solar ovens; Option-2 extra sessions for green design house; 1 extra session for how to educate others.

Cost for B: $1,855 for entire module with one teacher and class; $688.50 for each additional class.

  1. Environmental Monitoring - four or five sessions;

GrowNYC continues to create concerned student citizens who want to make environmental improvements in their neighborhoods. Armed with decibel meters, drager tubes and the eagle eyes of teenagers, they search for evidence of leaking fire hydrants, clogged catch basins, noisy subways, exposed street lamp wiring, poor air quality and other hazardous conditions. These field observations are then reported to the appropriate city agencies. Success rate: nearly half of the 750 problems have been fixed.

Choose one or more issues - Check the ones you want.

___ noise

___ birds

___ traffic

___ water (fire hydrants, catch basin)

___ street conditions (potholes, cracked sidewalks, street lamp baseplates)

___ itter

___ trees

If Choose One Issue:

1- Review issue

2-Complete issue review and review how to do monitoring


4-Review results and write letter

If Choose two or more-2 sessions on issue review, then other three as above-5 sessions

Cost for C: $1,235 for one teacher and class; $470 for each extra class.

Intro to Environmental Issues - four sessions

GrowNYCs youth-based environmental education program couldnt be more relevant: global warming is upon us yet sales of SUVs make up half of all new vehicles sold. Potable water supplies are dwindling worldwide while 45 million Americans think that the ocean is a fresh water source. 120 million dont know that consumer packaging not disposable diapers accounts for 50% of landfill mass. GrowNYCs Environmental Education Program encourages inquiry based learning. Faced with relevant issues, students start to ask questions and create solutions. We help create thoughtful environmental stewards.

One session on each of four different issues

1. Water, water testing and water conservation

2. Solar Ovens

3. Environmental Monitoring Inventory

4. Tree Planting

Cost of D: $1,235 and $470 for additional classes.

So many people have contributed to GrowNYC’s commitment to community greening over the years. We could not have reached our 100th garden milestone without them. This week we honor Lys McLaughlin Pike.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.