Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks ConservancyJamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visito... Read more
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. With its partners at the National Park Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, JBRPC works to expand public access; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands.
The JBRPC supports parkland in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula through various means including public programming, park restoration projects, volunteer stewardship programs, curriculum-based education programs, and capital planning and construction. In 2020, the JBRPC expects significant growth in our educational portfolio and outreach. An important piece of our educational portfolio is our Coastal Habitat Heroes program, supported by the National Park Foundation’s Every Kid Outdoors Initiative (EKO). This initiative ensures that 4 th graders are eligible for a free pass to every national park for themselves and their families for a year through curriculum based learning and field trips. Our program for 4th graders, Coastal Habitat Heroes, is a hands-on introduction to the flora and fauna of Jamaica Bay, and the threat this ecosystem faces from marine debris. Students participate in citizen science and coastal stewardship through hands-on activities including beach seining and participation in a shoreline cleanup during their field trip. Their field trip is complemented by a NYS-standard aligned pre-and post-lesson package we provide to teachers. We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified volunteers to support our field trips!