Because of COVID-19, City Parks Foundation is taking precautionary measures in all of our programs.

CityParks Learn programs will be adhering to city recommended safety regulations. We encourage everyone to visit the individual programs pages for more information and updated activities to stay active and engaged while at home.

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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.


CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING

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.



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, Con Edison, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association, Catskill Watershed Corporation, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, Patagonia, Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, MUFG Union Bank Foundation, Cigna HealthCare, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and the Alliance for Coney Island. This program is funded, in part, by ExpandED Schools through funds administered by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development in partnership with the City Council. Additional public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

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.