Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that Teatown Lake Reservation received a $150,000 grant from New York State as a part of an adaptive re-use project, transforming an old garage into a state-of the-art research facility for young scientists.
Funding secured by Assemblywoman Galef helped to turn the space into a headquarters for Teatown's science and stewardship program which monitors the health of Teatown's preserve, as well as for environmental science educational programming like the Teatown Environmental Science Academy. Operational year-round, the new center includes a fully equipped wet laboratory, classroom space and videoconferencing, smartboard technology and offices for staff, guest lecturers, and researchers.
The Teatown Environmental Science Academy is an award-winning environmental research program founded in 2012 for high school sophomores and juniors from around Westchester studying invasive plants and animals, watershed pollutants, pollinators, and other wildlife. Several TESA alumni have gone on to win awards in international, national and regional science research competitions including I-Sweep, the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.
Assemblywoman Galef said, Teatown is such an important resource in our community and has shown a strong and sustained commitment to increasing access to hands-on scientific learning for our students. I was so glad to help facilitate this grant and I am excited to see the Environmental Science Center enhance scientific education and innovation in our community.
Our 1,000 acres of diverse habitat make us an ideal living laboratory. All our programs have always emphasized hands-on, experiential learning so it followed that our science programs would as well," said Teatown Executive Director Kevin Carter. "We can't thank Sandy enough for her leadership in securing this grant for The Teatown Environmental Science Center. This is a unique resource in the region and we couldnt have done it without her.