Our innovative program inspires early adolescent girls to excel as environmental scientists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources. We take middle school students on outdoor adventures in parks and along waterways after school and during the summer. Whether bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, CityParks Green Girls develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems for girls, discover how they can create positive change within their environment, and learn about future careers in the sciences.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City
Fall: Week of September 26th, 2023 – Week of December 21st, 2023
Monday – Thursday, 3pm-6pm
Through hands-on activities and field exploration, technology, advocacy and project based science, CityParks Green Girls develop an understanding of natural ecosystems in NYC’s parks, learn about future careers in the sciences and understand their own power to advocate for the environment and their parks. The After School program is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled adventures about New York City’s parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential and to create change within the natural environment.
For more information on CityParks Green Girls After School program, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org and Necia Clarke, email@example.com, Associate Director of Youth Development.
Calling high school and college students! Every year, we seek out enthusiastic students looking to gain hands-on experience working with youth and explore environmental science education.
We’re thrilled to announce that our CityParks Green Girls is now available, free of charge, for educators nationwide. The curriculum, launched in Spring 2021 to a pilot group and now for use by educators nationwide, features the award-winning Green Girls STEM curriculum.
6th – 8th Grades
July – August
The CityParks Green Girls Summer Institute is a Science program that engages up to 80 middle school girls, ages 10-13, in five weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures based in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Green Girls study the dynamic urban forests of New York’s parks, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within their natural environment and learn about future careers in the sciences. Whether bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, Green Girls develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems in our city.
City Parks Foundation’s CityParks Green Girls program was named as the winner of the Inaugural Climate Change Learning Award for National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) 2020 Summer Learning Awards season. City Parks Foundation is one of four exemplary summer programs recognized for improving outcomes for children and youth and honored as models for the nation.
Read more in our press announcement here.
Generous private support for CityParks Green Girls is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Con Edison, The Coca-Cola Company, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council.
At City Parks Foundation, our mission is to encourage New Yorkers to use their neighborhood parks by offering free environmental education, arts, sports, and community-building programs that bring people into their local green spaces. Please give now if you can—we know that city parks will continue to thrive when all New Yorkers get involved.