We are excited to announce that after a three-year hiatus, we brought back Green Horizons in 2023 for its 25th anniversary and will be returning again in 2024!
This year ushered forward the return of Green Horizons, New York City’s Conference on Careers in Natural Resources and the Environment for Middle Schools for its 25th anniversary at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden – stay tuned for its return in 2024!
Green Horizons is an environmental career day for middle school students and their teachers and guidance counselors. In 2023, Trees New York collaborated with approximately 40 arboricultural, horticultural, technical, and environmental organizations to introduce students to career opportunities in a wide variety of natural resources and environmental fields.
The event focuses on hands-on learning led by environmental professionals and educators. Instead of sitting and listening to someone talk about jobs and careers, students participated in hands-on activities that will allow them to experience what it is like to be part of important environmental work. Activities included working in a greenhouse, learning about solar power, and collecting samples for research.
Attendance at Green Horizons gives students a special entry into the world of environmental sciences, land-use planning, and care of natural resources. Each student is able to attend two different stations led by experts and each school is entitled to send up to 15 students with one guidance counselor or science teacher as a chaperone. A career guidance booklet was also given to participants to take home.
Before students went off to their stations, we hosted a short twenty-minute panel featuring environmental professionals to speak about their experiences in the environmental field, how they got to where they are today, and answer any other questions the students had for them!
Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring Green Horizons 2023 and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for hosting the event this year!