TRAINING FUTURE PARK STEWARDS

Our environmental education programs help kids 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 free and low-cost environmental education programs for elementary, middle and high school students throughout New York City. Through school day, after school and summer programming, we reach nearly 3,000 kids across New York City. We also offer credit-bearing training and paid internships for teenagers interested in environmental science.

OUR PROGRAMS

SEEDS TO TREES

Seeds to Trees provides outdoor field experiences and hands-on classroom activities in New York City parks 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.

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GREEN GIRLS

Our innovative program inspires early adolescent girls to excel as environmental scientists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources. Middle school students go on outdoor adventures in parks and along our waterways after school and during the summer.

Whether bird-watching, canoeing or conducting science projects, Green Girls develop a new understanding of natural ecosystems, discover how they can create positive change within their environment, and learn about future careers in the sciences.

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LEARNING GARDENS

Our gardens fosters a love of science and nature among kids through hands-on lessons during the school year and group programs during the summer as well workforce training for high school students. From gardening to growing fresh produce, elementary and middle school kids learn the fun of community gardening, healthy eating, understanding biodiversity of our urban environment and more in our four gardens across the city.

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COASTAL CLASSROOM

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

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TEACHER TRAINING

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.

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Support

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.