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.

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

Please note that the spring Learning Gardens High School Training Program and school day programs have been cancelled in all locations through April 20, 2020. We will continue to assess the situation and provide further program updates as they become available. Please email education@cityparksfoundation.org for any assistance.

Learning Gardens Locations

Grove Hill Learning Garden
158th Street and Eagle Avenue in Morrisania, Bronx

Abib Newborn Learning Garden
495 Osborn Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Umoja Learning Garden
1448 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Liberty Learning Garden
173rd Street and 106th Avenue in South Jamaica, Queens

Learning Gardens School Program

2nd-8th Grades
September – June (School partners can select from a full program of 14 lessons late-September – June or an abbreviated program of 7 lessons February – June)
Low Cost

Elementary and middle school students can participate in a series of 14 hands-on science lessons throughout the school year. Lessons are conducted outdoors in a garden during fall and spring, and in the classroom during the winter. Students study pollinators, explore biodiversity and learn how to care for the natural world. Two professional development workshops and supplemental resources are provided for participating teachers.

For more information on Learning Gardens school program or to become a partner, please contact cword@cityparksfoundation.org or call (212) 360-2787.

Become a School Partner

Learning Gardens Summer Groups Program

3rd – 8th Grades
July – August
Low Cost

The Learning Gardens Summer Groups Program is a Science-based experiential program that offers youth the opportunities to understand the importance of urban gardens through hands-on lessons in garden maintenance, games, and fun science-based activities. Students practice horticultural techniques and learn concepts related to community gardening, growing food and healthy eating. Groups of up to 25 students are invited to register for this 6-week program.

For more information on Learning Gardens Summer Group program or to become a partner for summer 2020, please contact Shari Rose at srose@cityparksfoundation.org or call (212) 360-2771.


Learning Gardens High School Training Program

Freshman, Sophomores & Juniors
February – June

The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in five months of garden based learning, exploring topics including organic gardening, food justice, and urban sustainability. Students develop leadership skills and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction, with the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.

The application period for the 2020 Learning Gardens HS Training Program is now closed.

For more information on the Learning Gardens High School Program or to inquire about becoming a school partner, contact ghayes@cityparksfoundation.org or call 212-360-1486.

Generous private support is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Con Edison, The Levitt Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, ExpandEd Schools, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, MUFG Union Bank Foundation, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Public support is provided by NYS Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson including Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel. In partnership with NYC Parks.