Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens

A woman and young girl point at a flower.

Visitors to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge identify pollenating plants

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Twelve schools are participating in this year-long, multi-visit program in which students learn how to observe, monitor and record data about pollinator species found in the park. With park ranger and SCA intern guidance students collect seeds from native flowering plants, and grow plants from seedstoseedlings over the winter, indoors. Students are paired with senior citizens in their communities to transplant those seedlings in Jamaica Bay Unit and monitor for changes in populations of pollinator plant species and insects dependent on those species within the park. The goal of the lessons and activities istoencourage collaboration between senior citizens and youth to improve socio-ecological challenges often magnified by stressors to coastal areas, like severe storms and other climate impacts. An NPF "Ticket to Ride" transportation grant supports multiple visits to the park by each class.

The Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens program is a partnership between the National Park Service, NYC Eco-Schools, Greenbelt Native Plant Center, the NYC Department of Education, the Student Conservation Association, the Community Greenways Collaborative, Brooklyn College and local seniors.