CityParks Learn plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic outdoor programming for all New Yorkers. Our environmental education programs help students experience the fun of science, while learning about their relationship to the natural world and the ways in which they can protect our natural environment.

We provide environmental science programs for elementary, middle and high school students throughout New York City, serving nearly 3,000 kids through school day, after school and summer programming, as well as credit-bearing training and paid internships for teenagers.



Seeds to Trees provides outdoor field experiences and hands-on classroom activities for elementary and middle school students. Students will be introduced to science and nature in fun and engaging ways, whether through studying biodiversity, urban wildlife, forest ecology or healthy waterways.



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 or conducting science projects, 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.



Our gardens fosters a love of science and nature among kids who are living in some of New York City’s under resourced communities. Learning Gardens provides hands-on lessons for elementary and middle school kids during the school year, and group programs during the summer, teaching kids the fun of community gardening, growing food, understanding biodiversity of our urban environment and more.



Our program invites middle school kids to become actively involved in our marine ecosystem with hands-on learning in parks along the New York City waterfront. Participants will learn about everything from water ecology to quality, urban waterfront restoration to preservation, sparking excitement and passion for conserving our coasts and waterways.



Experiential Learning: Using Parks as Outdoor Classrooms will provide 2nd – 8th-grade teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using a New York City park as their outdoor classroom.


Generous private support is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Con Edison, Levitt Foundation, ExpandED Schools – the After School Corporation, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundations, Michael Tuch Foundation, and Watershed Agricultural Council. Public support is provided by the City of New York including NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Council. In partnership with NYC Parks.