The award-winning CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING program curriculum is now available to any interested formal and informal educators for use in both after-school and summer programs. Participants in this first year of the pilot effort will be required to take part in online training sessions with CityParks Learn educators and to report on their program outcomes to inform and help shape future curriculum updates. The curriculum and training includes:

  • Comprehensive lesson plans focusing on locally relevant environmental science and advocacy for middle school students
  • Fully integrated socio-emotional learning activities
  • Evaluative tools
  • Tips on establishing partnerships to enhance your program
  • Guidance and strategies to help instructors establish and run a successful program

All formal and informal educators looking to either begin or enhance an after-school or summer program focusing on climate change and environmental stewardship through experiential learning in parks and other open spaces are eligible to apply and participate.

Applications are closed.

The second training session began on May 7, 2021. The first session was held in February 2021.

Training will be a two-hour online learning session with City Parks Foundation educators beforehand, as well as a one-on-one consulting session.

If you have any questions about the curriculum training, please contact Chrissy Word at or Necia Clarke at

Read our full press announcement here.


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