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.
2nd – 6th Grade
Year Round: October to June
Spring: March to June
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 in-person program, students explore the dynamics of urban ecosystems through hands-on activities and standards-aligned science content, in both classroom sessions and field trips to NYC parks. Our curriculum is 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.
CityParks Learn works with several 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 2022/2023, Luis Gonzalez, Associate Director of Environmental Education; lgonzalez@cityparksfoundation.
Calling high school and college students! Every year, we seek out enthusiastic students looking to gain hands-on experience working with youth and explore environmental science education.
Generous private support for CityParks Seeds to Trees is provided by Con Edison, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, and The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council, including Council Members Jennifer Gutiérrez and Marjorie Velázquez. In partnership with NYC Parks.
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Have you ever seen a crested gecko? Could you identify a corn snake? Learn more about the creatures with the help of our educators and our animal friends found in our collection.
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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.