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.


CPF's free Green Girls Summer Institute engages 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 IS 204 in Long Island City, Green Girls travel to all five boroughs to study the dynamic urban forests of New York City.  Whether bird-watching, canoeing or conducting experiments, Green Girls 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.



Girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade can apply to be part of Green Girls after-school program at I.S. 204 in Long Island City Queens. Green Girls provides a range of science learning experiences while exploring the local landscape and wonders of New York City. By combining science, technology, group activities, nature studies, interactive games, and field trips, Green Girls helps to prepare students for educational success. Each meeting combines fun and various types of active learning experiences throughout the City!


  • Runs for 24 weeks engaging middle school girls in environmental advocacy and stewardship.

  • Open to girls in 6th, 7th or 8th grade who meet academic expectations and have a passion for environment.

  • The program is completely free.

To apply, please complete the Student Participation Form and return it, along with the Parent Registration Form, to the I.S. 204 Beacon Office or to Kaari Casey at

Participant Application | Parent Registration Form | Green Girls Letter

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