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.
Because of COVID-19, City Parks Foundation is taking precautionary measures in all of our programs.
The Green Girls Summer Institute will resume on a limited basis starting on July 13 for a small group of students, adhering to city recommended safety regulations. Applications are open now.
6th – 8th Grades
July 13 – August 6
Monday – Thursday (Two sessions: 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm)
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11006
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Summer Institute is a Science program that engages up to 30 middle school girls, ages 10-13, in four weeks of fun-filled outdoor adventures. Based in Long Island City, 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, contact Sam Schwartz at email@example.com or call (212) 360-1461.
6th – 8th Grades
February – June, 3:00 – 5:30pm
IS 204 Oliver W. Holmes Middle School, Long Island City, Queens
MS 577 Conselyea Preparatory School , Brooklyn
K 366 The Science and Medicine Middle School, Brooklyn
Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School, Bronx
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING science based program continues throughout the school year with free weekly sessions. Green Girls after school combines science, technology, interactive games and field trips that focus understanding of natural ecosystems in our city. Our expanded programs can be found in Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx.
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.
Starting in the fall of 2020, City Parks Foundation will adapt the Green Girls Empowered by ING program and make it available to teachers around the country, free of charge. The digital curriculum will be offered free for download and will require teachers to participate in an online learning session with CityParks Learn educators beforehand and to report on their program outcomes to inform and help shape future curriculum updates. The curriculum will include suggested lesson plans, tips on establishing partnerships, and advocacy tools to help instructors run a successful program.
Check back soon for program updates.
If you’re an educator and interested in learning more about the expansion of CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING program, sign up here to receive updates or contact us at greengirls@
Green Girls is presented by ING Americas. Generous private support for CityParks Green Girls is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, ExpandEd Schools, The Barker Welfare Foundation, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Watershed Agricultural Council, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. In partnership with NYC Parks.
We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.