Project Green Reach Application 2021

Project Green Reach (PGR) is virtual this fall with our Tropical and Desert Plant Explorations curriculum. We will also be launching our Exploring Plants in Our Lives curriculum. PGR’s virtual fall program includes three asynchronous components and one synchronous session: video tours of the Garden; a video lesson in the Garden’s Education Greenhouse; a hands-on, inquiry-based video lesson including a planting tutorial; and a live, synchronous plant science lesson with PGR staff. Each class will receive a mailed kit of plants, potting-up materials for each student, teacher guide, and student worksheets. Additionally, teachers will receive one virtual professional development session at the beginning of the program and one at the end. 

Project Green Reach is open to Title I (public and nonpublic) K–8 schools in Brooklyn. At least two teachers and their classes must apply from each school, however both teachers do not have to teach the same grade level. One teacher from each class must complete their own application. Although PGR typically works with two classrooms per school, this semester we will consider more than two classes per school, e.g., all classes from the same grade level, on a case-by-case basis. While we cannot guarantee a spot for returners, teachers who have already participated in the in-person PGR program are welcomed to apply to the virtual fall program. 

Each school will pick one of the following topics:

Tropical and Desert Plant Explorations: The Tropical and Desert Plant Explorations curriculum includes two synchronous professional development workshops for teachers, asynchronous virtual tours of BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory and Education Greenhouse, an asynchronous hands-on plant science lesson with potting up, and a live session with PGR staff for teachers and students to interact with plants and nature. Each class will receive a kit of 4 plants, potting-up materials for each student, teacher guides, student worksheets, and access to the PGR sources page.  

Exploring Plants in Our Lives: The Exploring Plants in Our Lives curriculum includes two synchronous professional development workshops for teachers, asynchronous virtual tours of BBG’s gardens, an asynchronous seed lesson part 1 and 2 in the Education Greenhouse, an asynchronous hands-on plant science lesson with potting up, and a live session with PGR staff for teachers and students to interact with plants and nature. Each class will receive a kit of 1 plant and 3 different seeds to plant, potting-up materials for each student, teacher guides, student worksheets, and access to the PGR sources page. 

 

Important Dates: 

  • Fall 2021 application new deadline: Friday, October 1
  • Notification of teacher acceptance: By October 5 
  • Virtual Teacher Orientation: October 13 or October 14 
  • Kits mailed to schools or picked up at BBG: Weeks of October 18 and October 25 
  • Synchronous sessions with PGR staff: November to January  
  • Teacher Evaluation: January 19 or January 20 
 
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William C. Bullitt Foundation
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