Interviews at the High Line park

Carol Kennedy, a teacher at the Satellite Academy High School in the Bronx, New York City, has started her summer environmental education and stewardship program called EcoLeaders. The first field trip with 20 students was to the High Line park in Manhattan. The High Line park is built on old train tracks elevated above street level. Students have interviewed park visitors by asking them about their opinion on green spaces in NYC, nature deficit disorder, and favorite places to enjoy nature.

Below I copy a short report on this trip published by Carol Kennedy on the Ning website:

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It was a warm and sunny day, with a little breeze, but our stalwart and fearless group of traveling interviewers was able to cover the many miles between 14th street and 20th street (and back again) in down town Manhattan on Friday July 2nd, 2010. My ‘partners in crime’ – the EcoLeadership class seemed almost timid at first when it came to interviewing strangers about how they felt about nature and greenspaces in NYC, but they all rose to the challenge and did some great interviews. Most were able to get their subjects to agree to have a video taken of the interview as well. We all need to practice a bit more on how to get the best shots and to get the sound just right, but all in all, the images look good.

Below is a list of the questions we asked of the folks we met on the High Line.

  • Where are you from?
  • Do you think there is enough “green space” or “nature” in NYC?
  • How do you feel when surrounded by “nature” or green space?
  • Where do you go to enjoy “nature” or what is your favorite place to enjoy “nature”? Why?
  • Do you think some boroughs (Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island) have more green space then others? Why?
  • Are there any aspects of “nature” that bother you? If so what?
  • Do you think being around “nature” affects your mental, physical or emotional health? Why?
  • What do you think nature deficit disorder means?
  • Do you think it is important that young folks get a chance to experience “nature”? Why?
  • Would you be willing to pay (a very small amount) for more green spaces to be easily available to all persons in the city? Why?
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