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. Focusing on garden ecology in the spring course, the 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 Common Core and New York State Science Learning Standards and ASPDP credit is an option. Further, this training course is fully experiential and phenomenon-based and will deepen understanding in utilizing authentic hands-on strategies such as those emphasized in the Amplify Science curriculum.

Course content is drawn from the City Parks Foundation Learning Gardens 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.

For more information about this exciting, free opportunity, please email:
Shari Rose at
Dates and Location

July 15, 22, 29, and August 5 from 10am - 4pm

Abib Newborn Learning Garden, 495 Osborn Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn

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 

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