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.
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.
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, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING 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.
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.
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.
Generous private support for CityParks Learn programs is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Con Edison, ExpandEd Schools, the Guru Krupa Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Watershed Agricultural Council, the Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Additional public support is provided by the NYC Council, including Speaker Adrienne Adams and Council Member Joseph Borelli.
CityParks Learn programs are made possible in partnership with NYC Parks.
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.