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Community-Based Organizations in Urban Advantage's Network

Urban Advantage is excited to partner with community-based organizations. These organizations serve as local science experts in our neighborhoods; they are actively doing science around us. Reach out to them for expert knowledge and resources, data sets, field trips, and collaboration. They all work with NYC schools already, so think of them when your students next need a science resource to guide their inquiry!

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Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to educating children and adults throughout NYC. We strive to protect and preserve nature, and advocate for sustainable environmental policies and practices. Located in Alley Pond Park, in Douglaston, Queens, visitors are welcome to explore our nature trails to take a self-guided tour or visit our Animal Ambassadors in our Animal Room, free of charge. Fee-based educational programs are offered for children from 2 years old through high school. Pre-registration at is required to participate in a class. Weekday hours are 9:00am-4:30pm. Call (718) 229-4000 to find out about weekend hours for the building. The trails are always open!
Bee Conservancy Help Scientists by Participating in a Community Science Program Of the 4,000 species of bees in North America, 1 in 4 is at risk of extinction. You can help them by participating in our Community Science Projects. Armed with curiosity, a mobile device, and the iNaturalist app, you’ll find and photograph pollinators and their habitat in your area and share them with more than one million scientists, researchers, and naturalists. Whether you explore solo, with friends and family, or colleagues and community groups, the data you collect will help track local bee diversity around the world.
Billion Oysters A future in which New York Harbor is the center of a rich, diverse, and abundant estuary. The communities that surround this complex ecosystem have helped construct it, and in return benefit from it, with endless opportunities for work, education, and recreation. The harbor is a world-class public space, well used and well cared for—our Commons.
Bronx Green-Up | New York Botanical Garden Formed in 1988, the Botanical Garden created the Bronx Green-Up program to support the volunteer efforts of residents that were beginning to clean-up and beautify vacant lots in the Bronx. Bronx Green-Up, the community gardening outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden, provides horticultural education, training and technical assistance to Bronx residents, community gardeners, urban farmers, local schools and community organizations. The program is the visible presence of the Botanical Garden beyond the Garden’s gates, inspiring NYC residents to get involved in improving their communities through greening projects.
Bronx River Alliance The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river. We work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor. Our goal is to make a healthy ecological, recreational, educational, and economic resource for all communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Parks as well as dozens of community-based partners, regional nonprofits, businesses and all levels of government.
CatRock Ventures Our vision is to reach, inspire, and empower the next generation of environmental, community and business leaders from underserved communities. We invest in Bronx youth by providing transformative outdoor experiences, community service learning opportunities, and academic support to help young people become socially responsible change makers.
Climate & Resilience Education Task Force The Climate and Resilience Education Task Force is a project of the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. We collectively manage a range of projects that advance climate education in New York in 3 key areas: Policy, Public Events, and Teacher Support. We’re committed to mentoring youth to advocate for their own climate education; supporting educators with resources to advocate for and implement climate education in their classrooms and programs; advancing climate and environmental justice; and winning education policy reforms in New York State.
Coastal Classroom Our program invites middle school students to become actively involved in our marine ecosystem with hands-on learning in parks along the New York City waterfront. Participants will learn about everything from water ecology to quality, urban waterfront restoration to preservation, sparking excitement and passion for conserving our coasts and waterways.
Eastern Queens Alliance EQA is a federation of civic organizations in Southeast Queens, NY, advocating for an improved quality of life for all residents within our communities and surrounding areas. We do this by reaching out to those living and working within our communities to learn about the concerns and issues they would like to see addressed and resolved and ultimately about their ideas and vision for a thriving Southeast Queens.
Friends of Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan The Friends of Inwood Hill Park seeks to unite members of the community in service of stewarding and celebrating Inwood Hill Park and the Shorakapok Reserve inLenapehoking, the ancestral homeland of the Lenape.
Gowanus Canal Conservancy Gowanus Canal Conservancy is dedicated to facilitating the development of a resilient, vibrant, open space network centered on the Gowanus Canal through activating and empowering community stewardship of the Gowanus Watershed. Since 2006, we have served as the environmental steward for the neighborhood through leading grassroots volunteer projects; educating students on environmental issues; and working with agencies, elected officials, and the community to advocate for, build, and maintain innovative green infrastructure around the Gowanus Canal.
Green Guerillas We acknowledge the many barriers and biases facing BIPOC, women, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, those in poverty and other groups who have faced oppression. These barriers and biases have deep, systemic roots in white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, and elitism, among other systems of oppression. We stand against these systems and we recognize that working to overcome and dismantle them requires active effort.
Green Map As a community, what do we have and what do we need? Transform your perspective by creating a Green Map of local nature, culture, climate justice and green living resources., Green Map’s form of community mapping is a great medium for engagement, capacity building and action - it’s already activated inclusive participation in sustainable community development in 65 countries! The Green Map toolkit is free to use and includes a full set of icons, stories and engagement resources that you can adapt to your classroom or group goals. There’s a new mapping platform or make a print map, poster or an experience, such as a walking tour of the green sites. Think global, map local! Local and global networks began to blossom to support and connect the people making the maps of their home communities around the world. As we learned from their amazing publications, methods and innovations, the Green Map toolkit grew as it helped more cities build local leadership capacity, knowledge and networks.
GrowNYC GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC). Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, CENYC was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Our city has changed a lot since then and so have we.
Harlem Grown We are an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. Farm tours for school groups are offered.
Hudson River Project Hudson River Park’s River Project conducts research and offers hands-on environmental education and scientific programming with the purpose of communicating the ecological importance of the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Explore a series of free and low-cost environmental education programs for organized groups using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom. Field trip programs allow students to interact with the River and Park through enriching and fun activities that inspire the scientist within each student! Programs are offered throughout the Park at inspiring settings including the Pier 40 Wetlab aquarium which features Hudson River wildlife, Pier 57 Discovery Tank digital learning gallery and Gansevoort Peninsula salt marsh.
Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Park Conservancy Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 dedicated to improving 10,000 acres of public parklands throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula, 18,000 acres of open water and marshlands within Jamaica Bay itself, and 12 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches along the Rockaway peninsula. With its partners at the National Park Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, JBRPC works to expand public access to parks; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster community stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetlands and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands for local residents and visitors alike.
Million Trees NYC MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, was a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees. The City of New York planted 70% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 30% came from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations. See the educator toolkit:
National Wildlife Federation in New York City The aim of the NWF's Resilient Schools and Community program and curriculum is to educate youth in NYC schools about climate science, climate impacts, climate justice, and the natural and built solutions that increase climate resiliency.
New York Academy of Sciences (Scientist-in-Residence program) Created in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education in 2012, the Scientist-in-Residence (SiR) program matches scientists with NYC public school teachers to bring scientific inquiry to life in the classroom. By combining their content and pedagogical expertise, each scientist-teacher pair will develop and implement a year-long project that prepares students to engage in authentic research and spark their interest in STEM learning.
New York Horticultural Society Urban horticulture improves human