Green Girls

Green Girls is an innovative program that encourages girls to excel in the sciences and realize their potential to create change within the natural environment and their own lives.

The Summer Institute
Green Girls Summer Institute
July 8 - August 1
Monday - Thursday, 9am-3pm

CPF's free Green Girls Summer Institute 2013 will engage up to 30 middle school girls, ages 11-13, in four weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures in New York City's parks and waterways.

This intensive summer experience fosters an understanding of environmental science, environmental justice and science careers.  Daily field trips depart from the Long Island City YMCA and connect Green Girls to New York City’s vast natural resources. Hands-on activities ensure girls can explore a wide range of exciting scientific topics, such as urban ecology, biology, zoology and botany.  Regular interaction with scientists unveils the diverse careers options that environmental science, conservation and NYC Parks have to offer. All the while, girls are discovering the wonder--and fragility--of New York's natural world.

Citizen science projects allow girls to grow as stewards of the environment and New York City's parklands.  Girls may collect data on dragonflies or test water quality along the shore.  They may participate in the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s Tree Census Project or organize a neighborhood park clean-up project. Whatever the activity, Green Girls are learning to care for their neighborhood's greenspaces, and gaining insight into the challenges in and benefits of doing so.

The 2013 Green Girls Summer Institute is open to girls entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  Preference is given to youth who live in Long Island City and Astoria, Queens.  All interested youth must complete and submit an application by June 28. Girls are accepted on a rolling basis throughout June with final notification by July 1.

Interested in becoming a Green Girl this summer? Click here to download the application. 

Green Girls is made possible with generous support from Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region Connect a Million Minds Initiative.