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 Museum’s informal education theories as well as in outdoor education techniques.

The 2012 Program will run from July 2 through August 24. Staff training will be held on June 26. 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 year’s 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 LICM’s award-winning outdoor exhibit space, Our Backyard (weather permitting). Programming will feature:

  • Week 1 (June 30 – July 3)Be-Aware Bead Bracelets
    Come learn some fun facts about the sun and how it can help us, and soak up some tips on how to stay sun-safe this summer! Best of all, you can even make your very own solar awareness bracelet!
  • Week 2 (July 7–11)"Soil, Seeds and Sun - Don't Forget the Water!"
    With seeds, soil, and a little peat pot, start a vegetable plant all your own. One more touch – a marker to let everyone know what will grow!
  • Week 3 (July 14–18)Salsa!
    Teens will be teaching the Salsa and dancing with visitors to fun music. Kids will make their own mini batch of salsa. Teens will share information about the origin of the Salsa dance and talk about how we can grow our own food to turn into great healthy fresh snacks.
  • Week 4 (July 21–25)Green Scenes
    Kids will discuss how the wind can create energy and how it is harnessed. They will make a windsock with a variety of materials to hang up outside and make observations about wind direction and strength.
  • Week 5 (July 28–August 1)Let's Get Moving
    Learn about kinetic energy (all moving things have it) by exercising and playing fun games.
  • Week 6(August 4–8)Sailboats
    Teens will be discussing hydropower and water conservation as kids play with the principles of buoyancy as they design boats using cork that can navigate our waterways.
  • Week 7 (August 11–15)Recycling
    New isn’t always better. Teens will remind kids about the power of conservation as they use various recycled materials to create a creature to take home to remind you to recycle and reuse.
  • Week 8 (August 18–19 and 21–22)“Campfires!”
    Build a mini campfire to remind you of summer nights and keeping warm. Find out about biomass energy and how it converts into electricity.

*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.

Green Teens is participating in Youth Inspired, which challenges science centers and museums to provide 2 million collective hours of comprehensive science enrichment programs to promote academic skills and self-confidence through science learning.


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