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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park

The Queens Green Teens volunteered alongside the  Bronx Green Teens at Street Games on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The yearly event drew a large crowd.  During Street Games old school games were introduced to a new generation of children. The Green Teens educated the public about recycling and composting. Seventeen Green Teens helped collect and separate recyclables at stations throughout the park. Although the Green Teens volunteered they were also given an opportunity to play the different games.

Members of the public were full of questions concerning composting and recycling.

The Green Teens advised the public how to sort materials.
Green Teens from the Bronx and Queens enjoyed working together!

Ready to collect reyclables and litter.
Green Teens breaking cardboard boxes.


Queens Green Teens at Street Games!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Queens Green Teens Shine at the Rising Stars Award Ceremony

The yearly Rising Stars Award Ceremony highlights teens which truly make a positive impact in their recreation centers, parkland, schools, families and society at large. Each borough nominated three teens which have been an active member for at least two years and possess dedication to NYC Parks recreation centers and parkland. Three dedicated, passionate and intelligent Queens Green Teens were celebrated amongst fifteen teens citywide. The award ceremony was held on April 10 at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Parks staff, family members and friends attended the celebratory dinner and expressed their appreciation. The Rising Stars Award Ceremony was also a great opportunity  to meet their peers and share the  projects and activities the Rising Stars participate in at the NYC Parks Recreation centers. The Rising Stars shine within the centers and we are all looking forward to their future endeavors.

2015 Rising Stars- Queens Green Teens

Each Rising Star received a certificate, leaf plaque and bag of goodies from the NYC Parks Department.
Commissioners, chiefs and staff  attended and showed their appreciation to the Rising Stars.

Former Deputy Chief Rosemary Paul sent special  gifts for 5 Rising Stars.

Friends and family celebrating the Rising Stars.

Look Out World! These are the Leaders of Tomorrow!

Green Teens visit Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

April 7, 2015,  Queens Green Teens  attended an outing to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 13 Green Teens learned the importance of water conservation and how waste water is treated in New York City. The Green Teens received a behind the scenes tour of the facilities including the control room  and the  digester eggs. The Green Teens completed
an exercise in water usage and were taught about different ways to decrease their usage.

An exercise in water usage highlighted
about different ways to decrease usage. 
Green Teens  ready to learn about wastewater
Digester Eggs
Not everyone was a fan of the methane gas odor!
Green Teens taking notes of interersting
 information during the tour.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

During the month of March the Queens Green Teens were extremely busy. The Green Teens volunteered on March 7, 2015, at Al Oerter during Women ad Girls in Sports Day.
The Green Teens helped with set up and provided customer service to the public.
Bright and early! The 2015 Queens Rising Stars volunteered on a Saturday morning following a late and hectic Teens Night.
For the first time the Green Teens participated in the Green Thumb Grow Together Conference at Hostos Community College on March 21, 2015. The Green Teens spoke with community gardeners and participated in workshops about environmental and gardening issues.
Green Teens in Action: Demonstrating  the use of a weeder to a member of the public.
Green Teens discussing which workshops to attend.

All smiles after an informative day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Friday, February 6 the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn was buzzing. It seemed like everyone in NYC was filing out of the cold and into the stadium! The Brooklyn Nets played the New York Knicks. The crowd was filled of excitement as the two New York basketball teams fought for the win. The Green Teens were given tickets as a reward for their continued dedication to the environment. It was the first NBA game the Green Teens attended. It was a close game and the Green Teens convinced the staff to stay till the very end. The Green Teens are environmental stewards that work hard but every now and then it is good to try something new! That night the he Brooklyn Nets won the game but we are all big winners because the Queens Green Teens are so dedicated to improving the environment for us all.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Last Saturday, January 10, 2015 was MulchFest in NYC. MulchFest is a yearly event which the public can drop off  Christmas trees to be recycled. The NYC Parks Department offers sites throughout the city. The trees were chipped and volunteers used the chippings to mulch tree beds. During the frigid winter months a nice layer of mulch can provide a warm, protective blanket for tree beds.The teen volunteers learned the importance of mulching tree beds during the winter. The mulch protects the tree beds from urine and salt which can both cause harm to tree beds.  14 teens including students from Forest Hills High School and the Lost Battallion Hall Green Teens mulched street trees near Travers Park.  The Green Teens at  times enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa to help warm up. If you are interested in joining the Green Teens please send an email to

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chess In Schools care for Trees in Streets!

Saturday, Nov 29 Chess in Schools participants volunteered their time to care for many young NYC street trees. Street trees need the most care during the first five years of being planted. The volunteers removed liter, weeded and loosened the soil. Many street tree beds are very compact due to foot traffic. Extreme soil compaction causes the water to runoff the tree bed instead of being absorbed. Although it was a chilly morning the volunteers worked without complaint. Many neighbors stopped by and took a look at the great work the teens were doing. Many trees in Astoria  benefited from the teens' hard work and dedication to the community.