Queens, July 27, 2012 – Recently, the City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls took a field trip to Strack Pond in Forest Park, Queens, to get up close and personal with New York City dragonflies and damselflies. The
City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls Summer Institute is sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program. City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls Summer Institute is a program that focuses on enriching science learning and addressing environmental justice issues, through field trips, community service projects in parks, and citywide exploration.
The young women learned that dragonflies have multifaceted eyes, strong transparent wings and elongated bodies and though harmless to humans, are valuable predators who eat mosquitoes. After the lesson from Susan Stanley, a research ecologist with the Natural Resources Group, Green Girls grabbed nets to practice what they learned on how to catch dragonflies and damselflies.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with the City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls Summer Institute, a terrific program that teaches young women about nature and science,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for New York City. “As part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program, we encourage students to learn about the wonders of science through hands-on experiences such as the opportunity the Green Girls had at Strack Pond.”
“The natural resources of New York City provide a learning laboratory for our Green Girls,” City Parks Foundation’s Claudia DeMegret explains. “Through applied study activities and hands-on experiments, young girls learn about science and environmental justice. Each day, the program explores a different science or environmental topic, and the girls visit a different venue. They learn that science can be fascinating and that careers in science are within their reach for the future.”
Green Girls enjoy intensive summer experiences in a three-week institute to educate them about New York City’s vast natural and cultural resources and promote leadership skills. The curriculum addresses a variety of science subjects, including environmental education, ecology, biology, geology, zoology and botany. Green Girls explore personal potential and learn about the career opportunities that are available in the sciences.
Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more details, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.
Connect a Million Minds was created by Time Warner Cable in 2009, designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information about Connect a Million Minds, visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mount Vernon, NY, as well as parts of Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
About Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website where the public can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, an online resource for parents to find informal STEM learning opportunities in their communities; grants to non-profit organizations that bring after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 50,000 strong, who volunteer their time at events like science fairs and robotics competitions. National partners include CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships. To find out more and to take the CAMM pledge, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.
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