Green Teens

The Green Teens program engages students from neighboring high schools to develop and teach interactive nature and environmental education programs for Museum visitors. This 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 Museum’s informal education theories as well as in outdoor education techniques.

The 2015 Program will run from July 6 through August 21. Staff training was held on June 29. Green Teens are asked to commit to two days a week (noon–4:30 p.m.) throughout the run of the program.

Right: Green Teens and LICM Educators receive 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 LICM’s award-winning outdoor exhibit space, Our Backyard (weather permitting). Programming will feature:

  • Week 1 (July 6–10)*“Sun, Soil, and Seeds”
    This week learn how to use the sun’s energy to grow a cucumber plant! Children and their families will plant a cucumber seed in soil using a biodegradable pot and decorate a garden marker. Learn how to take care of your newly planted seeds so by the end of the summer you’ll be enjoying the fruits of our labor as you eat home grown cucumbers!
  • Week 2 (July 13–17)“Become a Bird Watcher!”
    Each week our Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities that lead to eco action and exploring the great outdoors. This week join us in Our Backyard to observe local wildlife. Children will decorate their own binoculars while learning how to identify bird life on Long Island and what it means to be a birder.
  • Week 3 (July 20–24)“Come Make a Splash!”
    Join the Green Teens in Our Backyard as we learn about Hydro Power! Children and their families will make their own boats out of sponges, and learn about the power of water by making a splash in our H2Oh! area. Create a dam of water for your boats then watch them sail!
  • Week 4 (July 27–31)“Wheel” Have Fun wih Wind!
    This week visitors are invited to make pinwheels as we demonstrate the power of wind! Children and their families will use pencils and paper to build pinwheels while exploring how wind can be changed into other forms of energy.
  • Week 5 (August 3–7)*“It’s Easy Being Green—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”
    Come have fun in Our Backyard with the Green Teens as we learn the importance of recycling! Children and their families will be creating their own fun projects using recycling materials such as drinking straws, beads and paper.
  • Week 6 (August 10–14)“Garden Gourmet”
    Join us as children and their families learn how to use garden vegetables to make a simple and delicious guacamole treat! Our garden buffet of ingredients features: avocado, red onion, cilantro, tomato, lime juice, pepper, garlic, salt, pepper and Corn Tortilla Scoops. Yum!
  • Week 7 (August 17–21)“Let's Have a Field Day!”
    Join the Green Teens in Our Backyard for an end of summer field day! Learn about the physics of kinetic energy through “active-ities”—create your own bean bag to play in a bean bag toss, jump rope, hula hoop and ring toss! Recommended for ages 2 and up.

*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 to the public during the final weeks of the program.


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