Experiential Learning: Using Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms will provide 2nd – 8th-grade teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using a New York City park as their outdoor classroom.
July 14 – August 6, 2021
Blended; (2) online sessions and (2) in-person sessions at Liberty Learning Gardens in Jamaica, Queens
Experiential Learning: Using Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms will provide teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using school gardens, community gardens, and local public green spaces as their outdoor classroom. Focusing on garden ecology, 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. Special emphasis will be on integration of remote learning methods and creation of virtual content. 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 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, please contact Shari Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. In partnership with NYC Parks.
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.