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.  

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

City Parks Learn has transitioned our Seeds to Trees school day program to online distance learning to serve our current school partners.

For more information or for assistance, please email


About Seeds To Trees

2nd – 6th Grade

Our Seeds to Trees introduces students to urban ecology and nature in NYC Parks through a combination of guided hands-on classroom activities, virtual field experiences and expert teacher training—all lead
by our skilled science educators.

In our fully remote program starting in the fall of 2020, students explore the dynamics of urban ecosystems through distance learning initiatives and content, including pre-recorded virtual field trips to NYC parks. In our fully in-person abbreviated program starting in the Spring of 2021, students will engage in hands-on activities designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and abilities in every lesson. Through the stimulating concepts of field exploration, technology, stewardship and project-based science, we are committed to helping teachers and students meet academic objectives, mandated science curricula and the New York State Science Learning Standards.


Seeds To Trees School Partners

CityParks Learn works with 16-20 schools per year in order to ensure high-quality, in-depth partnerships. We concentrate our programming in high-needs communities, often with real environmental challenges, whose youth face barriers to educational achievement. Our goal is to work with students for a minimum of 2 years during the school day, and to offer after school, summer and intern programs for adolescents interested in continuing their learning.

For more information on Seeds to Trees or to become a school partner in 2020/2021, contact Luis Gonzalez at


Generous private support is provided by The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Council Member Ruben Diaz, Sr., and Council Member Debi Rose. In partnership with NYC Parks.


We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.