This collaboration engages teens with one of the most pressing issues of science and civic consequence of our time – urban ecology, a sub-field of ecology that examines the interaction between humans and ecosystems in urbanized environments. High school students are conducting research, guided by a WCS instructor, graduate student, and a professor from Fordham. The participants are disseminate their discoveries through a blog and a series of symposiums. The results of their research will provide scientific evidence that policy makers could potentially use in making decisions about local land use and other issues. Participating students will be better informed to make responsible environmental choices while learning important science skills.