Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering a really cool volunteer ecological stewardship program by application & interview only. It is perfect for kids (14-18) who are interested in environmental studies. It would probably be a great resume builder for college as well. Participants work on community service projects in ecology with other teens from across the city.
The program is called TIDES (Teens Interested In and Dedicated to Environmental Stewardship) and takes place on the waterfront.
Teens will work on the following project types:
Green Team: Gardening projects with the horticulture staff
Coastal Clean-Up: Cleaning up the marshes and beaches
Seining: Humanely collecting animals to record environmental data
Oyster Monitoring: Participating in the Billion Oyster Project at the Oyster research stations
Rod and Reel Fishing: Do environmental monitoring while learning line fishing techniques
Community Science and Sustainable Landscapes: Work on maintaining the sustainable park features while collection important data
The program runs in the park at 4pm-6pm on weekdays, so you have to have a plan to get to the park on time after school. In fact, the application requires you to describe you plan in advance–they don’t want you to be late!
This is one of those programs that I wish I could be a teen again so I could participate.
Dates/Time: 4pm-6pm; September 6-November 15 2023
Application: Application Form
For more information, read this great interview with photos on the BBP website.
Photo by Marco Lenti