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 Empowered by ING 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 25 – Week of January 15, 2023
Spring: Week of February 6, 2023- Week of May 15th 2023
Monday – Thursday, 3pm-6pm
The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (Queens)
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (Brooklyn)
Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School (Harlem)
KIPP Academy Middle School (Bronx)
Through hands-on activities and field exploration, technology, advocacy and project based science, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING develops 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 Empowered by ING After School program, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, email@example.com and Necia Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Director of Youth Development.
February 22 – 24, 2023
Available for CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING After School students.
Frost Valley is a camp, retreat destination, and environmental education center offering people of all ages and abilities enriching, even life-altering, outdoor experiences. Located on over 5,500 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains – just 2 hours north of New York City – they provide year-round access to nature, adventure, growth, and fun. All trip and overnight safety protocols will be enforced.
All safety protocols will be enforced and any concerns will be addressed prior to the trip.
This event is made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
We’re thrilled to announce that our CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Curriculum 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.
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.
6th – 8th Grades
July – August
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING 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 the Bronx and Queens. 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.
For more information on CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, email@example.com and Necia Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Director of Youth Development.
City Parks Foundation’s CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING 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.
In celebration of Earth Day, City Parks Foundation and ING Americas announced a three-year partnership to support the CityParks Green Girls program in 2020.
Read more in the official press release here.
Generous private support for CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING 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, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Title sponsor is ING Financial Services. In partnership with NYC Parks.
Green Girls is presented by ING Financial Services and is the recipient of the 2020 National Summer Learning Association Climate Change Award.
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.