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In 2003, the Prospect Park Alliance partnered with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York City Department of Education to establish the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE).

BASE is one of over 40 new schools opened city-wide through the New Century High Schools program, designed to provide students with smaller classes, personalized instruction, and rigorous concentrations. The school uses field study in Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to supplement classroom teaching about science, nature, and the environment.

BASE's Learning Expedition program sends students on field trips to study nature and habitats in different parts of the world with partners like The Nature Conservancy, Earthwatch, Sadie Nash Summer Institute, and Audubon New York.

For instance, the Rheinstrom Hill Learning Expedition Program strives to connect children to nature by involving them in a state-wide science project designed to catalog New York state's dragonfly population. In a four day, three night, program based at Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary, students put skills that they have learned in the classroom to practical use and obtain experience in the outdoors. Students participate in dragonfly and damselfly surveys, learn to use field equipment, learn to follow research protocol, learn species identification skills, develop presentation skills and spend time outdoors.

BASE is open to all New York City residents with priority given to Region 6 students. Call (718) 636-5800 x5400 or click here for more information.

Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment
Headquartered in Prospect Heights High School
883 Classon Avenue, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: (718) 230-6363
Fax: (718) 230-6370
Veronica Peterson, Principal

Read about how a TogetherGreen grant to Audubon, New York will help BASE students.

Graduate Spotlight: Ishmael Akahoho 
BASE student, Ishmael Akahoho , who moved to America from Ghana when he was 12 years-old, graduated in 2011 as a Gates Millennium Scholar which entitles him to a full college scholarship; undergraduate through doctoral studies.  Ishmael is not the first BASE student to win a much coveted scholarship. He joins a number of his BASE classmates whose academic excellence and impressive record of community service earned them scholarships to top colleges. Read a profile of Ishmael in the New York Daily News.

Read Ishmael's Education News & Updates feature.

Park Youth Representatives
Throughout the year, the Prospect Park Alliance employs Park Youth Representatives (PYR) to assist visitors, lead group tours, and provide administrative and maintenance support to the Park. Park Youth Representatives work at the Audubon Center and Pop-Up Audubon as docents and at Lefferts Historic House as junior museum curators.

Representatives receive specific training that focuses on their area of interest, public programs, and Park history, in addition to professional environment, visitor service, and social skills at work.

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