Middle School Students See “Green Horizons” at Queens Botanical Garden
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Darcy Hector- Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800 ext. 330
Green Horizons participants planting trees at QBG
Flushing, NY - October 17, 2013—Queens Botanical Garden was pleased to host approximately 200 middle school students today at the annual Green Horizons Conference on Careers in Natural Resources and the Environment. These select students spent an exciting day at QBG exploring future careers in the world of environmental sciences, land-use planning and care of natural resources.
Throughout the day, students worked directly with QBG staff and other noted professionals from organizations including the N.Y.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bartlett Tree Experts and Davey Tree Expert. Each student participated in two hands-on sessions led by these professionals, where they experienced directly what it is like to be part of important environmental work and learned more about career opportunities in a wide variety of environmental fields.
Workshops were held in Soil Science, Entomology, Plant Propagation, Arboriculture and Engineering, Natural Resource Restoration, Environmental Education, Meteorology, Composting and Recycling, Floriculture, Silviculture, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Green Architecture, among others. Students came prepared to get their hands dirty testing soil; catching insects; climbing, pruning, and feeding trees; planting native flora; using meteorology instruments: and creating plans for landscapes. Through these activities, students gained valuable insights into possible career paths in the rapidly-expanding fields relating to environmental conservation.
Green Horizons is co-convened by New York ReLeaf, Trees New York and Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Queens Botanical Garden.
The Conference was made possible through the generous financial support from Con Edison, Bartlett Tree Experts and Davey Tree Expert.
Inquiries may be directed to (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.