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.
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. Adapted from its New York City focus, the curriculum has a broader, national emphasis on climate change and environmental stewardship through experiential learning in parks and other open spaces.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City
October – December
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.
6th – 8th Grades
July – August
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11006
Shoelace Park (playground), 219th Street & Bronx River Pkwy, The Bronx, NY 10467
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Summer Institute is a Science program that engages up to 40 middle school girls, ages 10-13, in five weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures. Based in the Bronx and Queens NY. 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.
Generous private support is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Con Edison, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, ExpandEd Schools, The Barker Welfare Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, and the Watershed Agricultural Council.
In partnership with NYC Parks. Title sponsor ING Financial Services.
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.
Read more in the official press release.
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.