Stewards VISTA: Gateway National Recreation Area
Service Description: Gateway National Recreation Area was established in 1972 with the dream of bringing a National Park Service experience to the New York and northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area. Healthy parks lead to healthier communities & nearly 40 years of research evidence shows access to nearby nature including parks, gardens, the urban forest and green spaces - directly contributes to economic growth and development, increased public health, lower crime rates, and improved social capital.
In 2018-2019, Gateway was approached by the National Park Foundation (NPF) with an opportunity to improve access for 4th grade students to urban parkland in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. The goal of the NPF Open Outdoors for Kids Focus City Grant Program is to provide pathways for kids to enjoy, understand and connect with nature in exciting ways by facilitating outdoor activity, experiential learning, and cultural heritage exercises. Gateway was awarded a generous three-year grant to support the development of a partner consortium, develop and enhance programming and provide transportation for 4th grade students & their teachers in visiting our national park and other public lands.
A world of learning begins as young people engage in meaningful park activities, discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage, enjoy recreational opportunities, and, most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with national parks. NPF continues to value these aspects of GATE and has renewed the grant for the 2022-2023 school year. VISTA will work to achieve its education mission by empowering partners deliver exceptional curriculum-based science programming and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program by forming strong partnerships with the NYC Department of Education, schools, principals, and teachers. The goal is to continue these efforts in an online and virtual platform as we meet the needs of educators, parents, and students in a COVID-19 new-normal.
Member Duties: Continue previous work on: Develop Partnership Collaborative. Act as liaison between park & partners in the collaborative. Work with new partners in development of curriculum and coordination of programming. Coordinate professional development opportunities for partners & park staff. Improve general education team programming through presentations, photography, etc. Establish partnership with New York City & New Jersey schools & teachers: Establish a Teacher Advisory Committee. Develop & improve professional development opportunity for teachers. Develop education marketing plan for Gateway Education Partnership Collaborative. Develop education team newsletter quarterly Build the Gateway Education Team (GET): Create processes to recruit, hire, and train education interns through NYC Department of Youth and Community. Development & Student Conservation Association: Create position description for Education Volunteer position, & recruit, hire & train volunteers in this position.
Skills: Environment, Public Speaking, Community Organization, Communications, Writing/Editing, Team Work, Recruitment, Education, Teaching/Tutoring, Leadership, Computers/Technology, Youth Development.
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