Scholarship Programs

 CITY GARDENS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS

For New York City Public School Educators

The City Gardens Club of New York City, Inc. (CGC) is a 95-year-old non-profit organization that offers a limited number of scholarships for activity-oriented, science-related summer workshops to New York City public school teachers.

 

Submit Application and a Recommendation by deadline: May 5, 2017 (March 24 for Hog Island)

Below are the educator workshops to which we offer scholarships:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

What Did a Plant Ever Do For You?

This hands-on course provides an introduction to the science and art of botany and horticulture taught in the context of the diverse indoor and outdoor plant collections of Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for teachers of students in elementary, middle and high school grades. An understanding of the value of plants in natural and human history will emerge through an inquiry-based approach to learning how plants are built, how they work, and how they interact with the living and non-living components of the natural environments they inhabit. Emphasis is placed on experiential, authentic learning that participants can readily bring back to their own classroom settings to engage students with diverse learning styles. Tours of the Garden will provide teachers with skills that they can apply to plan and implement their own outdoor explorations of the plant collections in their schoolyards or in their school communities as well as at BBG. Participants will keep science journals and learn how to use student journals to assess student comprehension of science facts and concepts—a practice that supports the Common Core Reading and Writing Standards as well as the New York State Science Core Curriculum Standards.

The CGC scholarship for this Brooklyn Botanic Garden program covers the $200 fees for the course and all materials needed for it, as well as the $125 fee for the “P” in-service credits. The course will be given at 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Kurland, Teacher Education Coordinator, at 718-623-7235 or barbarakurland@bbg.org.

Program Provider: Brooklyn Botanic Garden (http://www.bbg.org/)
Intended Audience:  Teachers Pre-K – grade 12 teachers
Date and Time: July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; August 1; 2017:
Tuesday-Thursday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Credits: 36 hours – 3 “P” credits

 

National Audubon Society

Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week

Designed for both science and non-science educators, this session will generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum and teaching. Your instructors will be sharing their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging children with nature, whether during a field trip or a presentation. Workshops and field experiences will teach techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling and other disciplines. Participants will visit the restored Atlantic Puffin and seabird colony nearby, explore Hog Island’s magnificent spruce forest and rich intertidal zones and have the options for other explorations. This is a very social, rich, and well-designed program.

The scholarship for this course covers the $995 fee for the course, including room, board and materials, as well as the $20 cost of the CEU credits. It does not include transportation to and from Maine. For more information about this and other educational programming offered at Hog Island, go to http://hogisland.audubon.org. You may also call the Hog Island Audubon Camp Program Manager, Eva Matthews, at 607-257-7308 ext 314 or email her at hogisland@audubon.org.

Program Provider: National Audubon Society: Hog Island Audubon Camp – Maine (http://www.hogisland.audubon.org)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades K – 12
Date and Time: July 16 – 21, 2017: Sunday – Friday, residential
Credits: 45 hours – 4.5 CEU’s available from the University of Southern Maine

 

Queens Botanical Garden

Using Plants to Teach

Enjoy the wonders of the garden this summer!  During this six-day, hands-on course, explore concepts in botany and ecology via inquiry and project-based learning. Increase your science content knowledge and reflect upon the pedagogical models used within the course to better your own teaching practice.  Registration opens in May.  The course fee includes a $200 QBG fee and a $125 fee for P-Credits via ASPDP. For more information, please call Marnie Rackmill, Professional Development Manager at 718-886-3800 x371 or email her at mrackmill@queensbotanical.org.

Program Provider: Queens Botanical Garden (http://queensbotanical.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades 2 – 6
Date and Time: July 10– 15, 2017: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

 

The Horticultural Society of New York

Exploring Nature’s Outdoor Classrooms:  A Field Study

This course is an experiential explosion of outdoor studies, urban ecology, and natural history in Manhattan with the goal of observing, studying and connecting science concepts with plants, birds, fish and the built environment.   Reports from the National Recreation and Park Association showed the “positive impacts of parks and other green spaces on social, psychological and physical health (Kuo, F.S. 2010).   Demonstrated benefits include better cognitive functioning, more self-discipline and impulse control, and greater mental health overall–all of which are key to a child’s success in school.”  Given these benefits to our city children, this course will explore local natural and nature-inspired spaces.  Guided by The Hort’s field team, participants will learn how to connect science, reading, and writing concepts to each location.  Participants will plan and prepare, then meet in the field to use these outdoor sites to explain concepts like:  native plants, woodland and street trees, migratory bird patterns and river ecology concepts within the built environment.  These concepts will be synthesized with a) field references; b) site history; c) literary references; and d) culture of the site.  Teachers will develop rich learning activities, assessment tools and a customized field guide for their future use in these sites and in other natural areas.  Top attractions will include the North Woods in Central Park, Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson River waterfront, school gardens built by The Horticultural Society of New York and the native plant garden at the Highline.

Please note:  This course will require walking and exploration  (two miles per day in summer temperatures)  and use of the NYC subway system to travel from site to site and/or between sites.  Each day we will meet at a new location in Manhattan.   For more information, please email Pamela Ito at pito@thehort.org.

Course Provider:  The Horticultural Society
Intended Audience:  Grades 3-8
Dates:  July 5-7 and July 10-12, 2017
Course Code:  P58-155

 

Beyond the Lima Bean:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Plant Science

This hands-on course will delve into plant parts with an innovative, interdisciplinary and sensory focus.  We will connect basic botany with mathematics, art and literacy aspects of the elementary school curriculum, to maximize student learning.  The science of plant parts will be the primary teaching topic as we observe stem transportation, dissect flowers (a component of the city-wide 4th grade science test), investigate seed function and analyze leaf shapes.  The six main parts of the plant will then be happily united with visual, culinary, and musical arts as participants sketch hairy roots, create playful “plant chants,” design miniature floral arrangements and learn how to make chocolate from cacao seeds.  Additionally, educational links with practical mathematics and relevant literacy techniques will be implemented.  Each session will teach strategies for delivering differentiated instruction to address some of the many types of learners, especially the auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic learners.    As a culminating project, participants will create an integrated botany portfolio to use as a teaching tool in their classrooms.  For more information, please email Pamela Ito at pito@thehort.org.

Course Provider:  The Horticultural Society
Intended Audience:  Grades 3-5
Dates:  July 24-29, 2017 (Monday-Saturday)
PLEASE NOTE:  This class will be held in Riverbank State Park (enter West 145th St.).  The Saturday, July 29 session will take place at Union Square Market at 130 East 16th Street from 9am-12pm.  Free parking is available.
Course Code:  P17-236

 

The New York Botanical Garden

Seedlings Summer Institute

Created for teachers of Grades PreK-2, the Seedlings Summer Institute provides a weeklong immersion in nature and plant science with an emphasis on hands-on strategies and management techniques for teaching science inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers discover how to make the garden an extension of their classroom, while enriching their curriculum with resources and the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues.  For more information please call Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development at
718-817-8140 or email her at jhutton@nybg.org.

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: The New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades PreK–2
Date and Time: July 10 – 15, 2017: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

Plant, Learn and Grow!  Gardening 201

Plant, Learn and Grow!  Gardening 201  is designed to provide classroom teachers with strategies to support student learning through the integration of a garden project into their curriculum. Participants learn related earth and life science content while exploring the skills to support and maintain a garden or outdoor learning space. Sessions emphasize relevant state and local standards while providing cross-curricular connections between literacy and science.  Teachers will gain new ideas and collaboratively create lesson plans that are engaging and fun for students. For more information please call Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development at 718-817-8140 or email her at jhutton@nybg.org.  

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: The New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades 3 – 8
Date and Time: July 17 – 22, 2017: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

The Art of Science

Discover how to help your students experience the wonder of the outdoors through both art and science. Participants will hone their observation skills and ask questions using the backdrop of the garden grounds at The New York Botanical Garden. We will explore how the physical beauty of nature can enhance students’ natural curiosity and provide an inquiry-based framework for learning. Sessions provide cross-curriculum connections that emphasize the relationship between science and art. For more information please call Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development at 718-817-8140 or email her at jhutton@nybg.org.

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: The New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades K – 8
Date and Time: July 24 – 29, 2017:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

The CGC scholarships for these New York Botanical Garden programs cover the $200 fee for each program and related materials as well as the $125 fee for the “P” in-service credits.    All courses will be given in the Garden’s Museum Building classroom, 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx.  For additional information about any of these programs and The New York Botanical Garden’s other courses, download their School and Teacher Program Guide at: http://www.nybg.org/files/SchoolTeacherGuide.pdf.  If you have questions not answered there, please contact Judith Hutton, Manager of Professional Development, at 718-817-8140 or jhutton@nybg.org.

Questions about programs should be directed to the program providers noted in the program descriptions above. Questions about the scholarships themselves may be sent to info.cgc.sc@gmail.com.

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