Green Girls

Green Girls is an innovative program that inspires early adolescents to excel as scientists, media artists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources.

Green Girls Summer Institute
June 30 – July 31, 2014
Monday - Thursday, 9am-3pm
Based at IS204 36-41 28th Street, Long Island City, Queens

Green Girls Open House:  June 20 from 4-6pm.

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

Click here to download the Green Girls flyer. 

CPF's free Green Girls Summer Institute 2014 will engage up to 30 middle school girls, ages 11-13, in five weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures in New York City's parks and waterways.  Throughout the institute, Green Girls learn to document New York City’s natural world with guidance from professional photographers and videographers provided by Magic Box Productions.

This intensive summer experience fosters an understanding of environmental science, environmental justice and science careers—all with a camera in hand!  Based at IS204 in Long Island City, Green Girls will travel to all five boroughs to study the dynamic urban forests of New York City.  Whether birdwatching, canoeing or conducting experiments, Green Girls will grow as scientists, photographers and videographers.

Regular interaction with scientists and artists unveils the diverse careers options that environmental science, conservation and media arts have to offer. All the while, girls are discovering the wonder--and fragility--of New York's natural world and the role of artists in documenting its beauty.

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.  Whatever the activity, Green Girls are learning to care for our city’s parks and gaining insight into the challenges and benefits of doing so.

The 2014 Green Girls Summer Institute is open to girls entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade during fall 2014.  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 13. Girls are accepted on a rolling basis throughout June with final notification by June 20.

Green Girls are encouraged to join City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classroom Summer Institute, which runs from August 2-22.  To learn more, click here.

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