A group of city girls recently got the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature as part of a special program to get them involved with science while also having fun. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
The "Green Girls" are not only on an outdoor adventure, but a mission to learn more about the environment through a number of activities.
It's part of a three week program put together by the City Parks Foundation and sponsored by NY1's parent company, Time Warner Cable.
"Today we're working with the Natural Resources Group of the New York City Parks Department and they are teaching us about the ecology of dragonflies and damselflies and we're going out to catch them and to identify them and we're going to keep a list of what we find for their research project and we're going to look for their larva as well," said "Green Girls" Director Danielle Rolli.
After a brief lesson in entomology, or the study of insects, the naturally inquisitive students were on their own to explore their new surroundings.
"I got to understand more about nature and why things are very important -- insects and stuff -- because I used to think they're nasty, but now I understand how they help, and how they need to survive," said one participant.
"They help the environment because they eat the little mosquitoes that try to suck our blood," said another.
"I learned that they fly really fast and have different types of colors," said a third.
And as much fun as the day was, the girls found out there could even be a future in it.
"I've worked with a lot of different species and a lot of different habitat types. That's one of the nice things about working in New York City is that we do have fresh water, we have salt water, we have forests, meadows, grasslands. We have all different kinds of habitats, so we do have a great deal of bio-diversity here and it's been a really interesting career," said Natural Resources Group Research Ecologist Susan Stanley.
To find out more about the "Green Girls" program and others that promote science, technology, engineering and math, visit ConnectAMillionMinds.com.