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New York City Environmental Education Program

DEC's environmental education staff offers a number of environmental programs throughout New York City. The four over-arching programs are the After School Conservation Club (ASCC) program, the NYC Camps Diversity Program, strong professional development programs for educators, and providing public outreach and school programs on environmental topics. Our goal is to increase environmental awareness to foster more informed decision-making and get youth and adults out studying and enjoying their local environment.

After School Conservation Club

The After School Conservation (ASCC) is a partnership with United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) and The After School Corporation (TASC) with the DEC. It is a curriculum for established after school programs to expose their elementary-aged students to the wonder of the natural environment. The mission of the ASCC program is to bring environmental education to and foster a sense of stewardship in inner-city elementary-aged children involved in after-school programs.

ASCC is set up as a two-part program: hands-on curriculum and a stewardship project. For the Fall 10-week session, students learn general environmental concepts such as what is conservation, what is a watershed, using resources wisely, and environmental ethics. During this time, they also learn about and do a stewardship project focused on recycling and composting. During the Spring 10-week session, students focus on the Hudson River Estuary, NY/NJ Harbor, water, and fish ecology, focusing on what is in their specific watershed, the anatomy of local fishes, and how humans impact the water ecosystems around New York City. The spring stewardship project usually focuses on creating habitat for local pollinators, including creating a native butterfly garden at their site.

For more information, contact the ASCC Coordinators:

SCA/AmeriCorps Educators
NYSDEC - R2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
P: 718-482-6404
Email: education.region2@dec.ny.gov Please include "ASCC" in the subject line.

Professional Development for Educators and Youth Leaders

Education staff offer professional development workshops in environmental education. These workshops provide staff working with youth hands-on, environmental activities using the international programs of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD (Basic, Aquatic, Flying, and Science & Civics), and Project WET. The workshops range from three to six hours and usually have a nominal fee for refreshments. Each workshop showcases some of the activities in the activity guide, and, if time allows, participants will lead the rest in activity so they get a hands-on experience using the guide under the watchful eye of a facilitator. Workshops are offered all over the five Boroughs and can be arranged at a specific location if you have at least six guaranteed participants. To view a list of the upcoming workshops across New York State, please visit the Upcoming Workshops page.

Staff is also available to help educators work environmental topics into their curriculum, through providing resources for background information, providing resources, or working with educators to create lesson plans on specific environmental topics.

For more information, contact the Regional Environmental Educator:

NYSDEC - R2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
P: 718-482-6404
Email: education.region2@dec.ny.gov Please include "Professional Development" in the subject line.

Public Outreach Programs

Are you having an environmental fair? Celebrating Earth Day or Arbor Day or International Migratory Bird Day or Water Quality Month? Are you hosting a career fair and are looking for different careers to feature? Are you looking for a speaker to talk with your church, civic, or youth group on a particular environmental topic? Or looking for hands-on activities to engage youth about their local environment?

Education staff can come and host an interactive table at a fair or festival your school or group is hosting. They can come and talk about environmental careers, and occasionally, they can bring other DEC staff such as Environmental Conservation Police Officers to talk with youth about their environmental careers. Contact the Regional Environmental Educator at least two weeks in advance (the earlier the better as staff and time is limited).

For more information, contact the Regional Environmental Educator:

NYSDEC - R2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
P: 718-482-6404
Email: education.region2@dec.ny.gov Please include "Public Programs" in the subject line.