Green Horizons at BBG

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    • Green Horizon students hunt for insects and learn about entomology with the USDA Forest Service.Green Horizon students hunt for insects and learn about entomology with the USDA Forest Service.
    • Green Horizon students hunt for insects and learn about entomology with the USDA Forest Service.Green Horizon students hunt for insects and learn about entomology with the USDA Forest Service.
    • Compost project coordinator Emily Bell Dinan teaches Green Horizon students how to turn food scraps into fertile compost.Compost project coordinator Emily Bell Dinan teaches Green Horizon students how to turn food scraps into fertile compost.
    • A Green Horizon student gets an up close view of compost made in a worm bin.A Green Horizon student gets an up close view of compost made in a worm bin.
    • Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer teaches Green Horizon students about good habitats for pollinators.Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer teaches Green Horizon students about good habitats for pollinators.
    • A Green Horizon student shows off her bee habitat.A Green Horizon student shows off her bee habitat.
    • Green Horizon students build bees nests with the Great Pollinator Project.Green Horizon students build bees nests with the Great Pollinator Project.
    • Green Horizon students work with the Great Pollinatior Project to learn about the important roll bees and butterflies play in our ecosystemGreen Horizon students work with the Great Pollinatior Project to learn about the important roll bees and butterflies play in our ecosystem
    • Green Horizon students learn the basics of tree climbing and pruning.Green Horizon students learn the basics of tree climbing and pruning.
    • Chris Roddick gives a young Green Horizon student a boost as he learns the basics of tree climbing. Chris Roddick gives a young Green Horizon student a boost as he learns the basics of tree climbing.
    • Travis Wolf helps guide a Green Horizon student up a tree at BBG.Travis Wolf helps guide a Green Horizon student up a tree at BBG.
    • Arborists Chris Roddick and Travis Wolf teach Green Horizon students the basics of climbing and pruning trees.Arborists Chris Roddick and Travis Wolf teach Green Horizon students the basics of climbing and pruning trees.
    • Green Horizon students at BBG.Green Horizon students at BBG.
    • Green Horizon students learn about solar power and build a solar powered car with Green Power Solutions.Green Horizon students learn about solar power and build a solar powered car with Green Power Solutions.
    • Green Horizon students learn basic botany and plant propagation.Green Horizon students learn basic botany and plant propagation.
    • Green Horizon students try their hand at making boutonnieres as they learn about designing with flowers.Green Horizon students try their hand at making boutonnieres as they learn about designing with flowers.
    • Green Horizon students learn how city planners are turning the closed Staten Island Landfill into Freshkills Park and help with the site design.Green Horizon students learn how city planners are turning the closed Staten Island Landfill into Freshkills Park and help with the site design.
    • Green Horizon students learn about working with weather from the National Weather Service. Green Horizon students learn about working with weather from the National Weather Service.

    On October 14 BBG hosted Green Horizons, New York City’s free conference on careers in natural resources and the environment for middle schools. Over 300 students and educators spent the day at BBG working directly with noted environmental professionals to learn more about career opportunities in a wide variety of environmental fields. 19 stations were set up around BBG, from Finding Insects of the Forest lead by an entomologist with the USDA to Working with Weather where students learned how experts use sophisticated meteorological instruments to make accurate weather forecasts. Many BBG staff members were also leading demonstrations including Climbing and Pruning Trees with arborists Chris Roddick and Travis Wolf, Compost More, Waste Less! with Emily Dinan, and Bees and Butterflies with Uli Lorimer. It was incredibly inspiring to see so many kids engaged with natural sciences and learning about environmental careers. For more information about Green Horizons, contact facilitator Nancy Wolf at (718) 834-4589 or jlnwolfinc@aol.com.


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