CityParks Learn Teacher Training

Experiential Learning: Using Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms will provide teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using a New York City park as their outdoor classroom. This two day training will equip teachers to plan and implement safe and effective outdoor lessons that provide students with hands-on experiences relative to their in-class curriculum.  The course curriculum pays special attention to the recommendations by the NYC DOE for excellence in environmental education particularly regarding place-based education and real-world experiences involving investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Activities are carefully aligned with the New York City Department of Education’s latest Science Scope and Sequence as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Course content is drawn from the City Parks Foundation Learning Gardens (link) program for elementary and middle school students. This program has served thousands of NYC public school students and assisted public schools to expand opportunities for students to learn science and for teachers to meet standards for over 20 years. 

ASPDP credit is optional ($45 ASPDP fee applies, the deadline to register: 4/1/20).

For more information about this exciting, free opportunity, please email:
Chrissy Word, Director of Education at
Dates and Location

Saturday May 9th | 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday May 16th | 9:00am-5:00pm

Liberty Learning Garden, 173rd street and 106th avenue, Jamaica Queens

Please complete the application information below. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed -- applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program. 
Step 2: Participant Information and Application