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. 

Please note that due to public school closures through the end of this school year (June 2020), 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 education@cityparksfoundation.org.


About Seeds To Trees

2nd – 6th Grade

Our Seeds to Trees program is integrated into science curriculum throughout the year, with a total of 14 sessions. Indoor classes are 40-45 minutes, while 3-4 outdoor field experiences run for 1.5-3 hours. Regular planning, ongoing assessment and professional development workshops align our lessons with each class’s learning level and style, and supports teachers in the areas of environmental science and outdoor environmental education.


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 2019/2020, contact Luis Gonzalez at lgonzalez@cityparksfoundation.org or call (212) 360-3332.


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.