Green Teens

The Green Teen program engages students from neighboring high schools to develop and teach interactive nature and environmental education programs for Museum visitors. This eight week summer program utilizes the service learning model combining meaningful community service with a deeper level of instruction to produce an enriched learning experience for the teens. Green Teens receive training in the Museumís informal education theories as well as in outdoor education techniques.

The 2013 Program will run from July 1 through August 23. Green Teens are asked to commit to two days a week (noon–4:30 p.m.) throughout the eight week program. If you are a high school student and would like to participate in this yearís program, please contact Julia Pirozzi at by June 1.

Right: Hillary Olson from the Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids provided teens with outdoor education techniques.


National Grid

This program is made possible by a generous grant from National Grid.

"National Grid contributes millions of dollars every year to deserving programs, most notably in energy, education and the environment—three areas critical to the core business of our company moving forward. We want to ensure our approach is sustainable and enables us to build meaningful long-term relationships with the community."


Weekly Activities

This summer the Green Teens will develop and implement
"green-themed" programming for children and their families in LICMís award-winning outdoor exhibit space, Our Backyard (weather permitting). Programming will feature:

  • Week 1 (July 1–3)Soil, Seeds & Sun, Donít forget the water!
    With seeds, soil and a little peat pot, start a vegetable plant all your own. One more touch—create a marker to let everyone know what will grow!
  • Week 2 (July 8–12)Animal Ad"visor"y
    Create an animalĖinspired visor to keep you cool and shaded from the sun.
  • Week 3 (July 15–19)Flutter Butterfly Puppets
    Design a one-of-a-kind flutter butterfly as you learn to identify all the parts of this beautiful insect.
  • Week 4 (July 22–25)What's the Scoop? Guacamole Style.
    Slice and dice a variety of garden vegetables to make your own version of guacamole to enjoy.
  • Week 5 (July 29–August 2)"Wind"erful Wind Catchers
    Come to Our Backyard to catch a breeze. Create a one of a kind wind catcher/wind chime.
  • Week 6 (August 5–9)Summer Sails
    Take a ride down Our Backyard's stream with a very special boat of your own design.
  • Week 7 (August 12–16)Green Scenes
    Using recyclable materials, create your own summer landscape to take home.
  • Week 8 (August 19–23)Tropical Pirate Games
    Ahoy mateys, stand by to cast-off and set sail for tropical shores. Shake a leg, swab the decks, hoist the colors! Will you take up the challenge of the Pirate Games?

*In keeping with the mentoring aspect of this program, LICM education staff develops the first two weeks of programming to model appropriate hands-on activities and inquiry-based methodologies. During this time frame, the teens research, prototype and develop programs for delivery during the final six weeks of the program.


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