61 Franklin Street Community Garden is excited to announce our new educational program: Greenpoint Citizens Club is a program for kids ages 6-9 to begin learning more about their Greenpoint environment and what they can do to help protect it.
We believe environmental stewardship and citizenship start early!
Kids move through the world differently than adults and are impacted by their natural environments in unique ways. We want to help develop their ability to identify the environmental challenges and injustice they encounter and encourage them to speak out and problem solve with confidence and creativity.
Using a play-based curriculum we will introduce the ideas of environmental stewardship, environmental justice, equity and fairness. Next, we dive a bit deeper and learn about Greenpoint’s environmental history and how this has impacted our water and soil. We will explore what kid citizens can do to help their community and the world beyond.
This program will include:
Local field trips to learn more about the pollution in Greenpoint’s waterways and the high levels of lead found in some of Greenpoint’s soil
Service action days where kids lead their families and other participants in activities such as mulching in local parks and street tree care
There will be two sections of the club, one for kids ages 6-7 and another for ages 8-9. Children turning 6 within the 2019 calendar year are welcome.
This program is completely free! Sign up soon--Space is limited! All are welcome but preference will be given to residents of Greenpoint.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule and Logistics
Club will typically meet every other Saturday (with a few exceptions, see below for a list of exact meeting dates) for 1 hour and 45 minutes at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden. During winter months, we will meet at the Greenpoint Reformed Church.
Ages 6-7 meet at 1:00 - 2:45PM
Ages 8-9 meet at 3:00 - 4:45PM
Please pack a snack and beverage for your child. We are a nut-free learning space.
The garden does not have a bathroom, but don’t worry, there will be short trips to visit nearby facilities.
Spring Semester Schedule:
March 9, 16 (1st field trip!), 30
April 13, 27
May 4, 18
June 1, 15
This program is made possible by a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn is currently serving as our fiscal sponsor. Special thanks to the Greenpoint Reformed Church for allowing us to use their space in the winter months.