Learning Gardens

City Parks Foundation’s four Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that provide vibrant green space for learning about horticulture, science, and food justice in densely populated neighborhoods.


Grove Hill Community Garden
Corner of 158th Street and Eagle Avenue in Morrisania, Bronx

Abib Newborn Garden
495 Osborn Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Umoja Garden
Corner of Broadway and Putnam Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Liberty Garden at Detective Keith Williams Park
Corner of 173rd Street and 106th Avenue in South Jamaica, Queens


Elementary and middle school students participate in a series of 14 hands-on science lessons throughout the school year. Lessons are conducted in the garden during fall and spring, and in the classroom during the winter.Two professional development workshops and supplemental resources are provided for participating teachers.

The gardens are places for young people to connect directly with nature and realize the environmental interdependence between people/plants/animals – as they sow seeds, study pollinators, explore biodiversity and care for the natural world.  Learning outdoors provides all students with the ability to synthesize and apply information in real-time in a real-life setting.

For more information or to become a school partner, please contact Manna Hara, Associate Director of Environmental Education at 212-360-2744 or via email at mhara@cityparksfoundation.org. Para mas informacion en espanol, llame al 212-360-3332.


High school students participate in an intensive, five-month apprenticeship program that leads to paid summer internships in our Learning Gardens. Students receive high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction in plant and soil science, horticulture, job readiness, and peer mentorship.

For more information or to become a school partner, please contact Dylan Hammond, Garden Manager and Intern Coordinator at 212-360-2785 or via email at dhammond@cityparksfoundation.org.


Each week from July - August, eight summer camp groups from local community organizations can join CPF horticulturists and environmental scientists at one of four Learning Gardens. Youth experience 15 low-cost hours of fun-filled, garden-based science instruction in community gardening, growing healthy food and keeping fit.  

For more information or to become a CBO partner, please contact Dahmein McFadden, Director of Youth Development at 212-360-2746 or via email at dmcfadden@cityparksfoundation.org


Community gardeners tend their own beds, tilling the earth and building community. They grow fresh produce they might otherwise lack access to, organize for a common cause, and foster an appreciation for living things in an urban environment.

For more information or to become a community gardener, please contact Dylan Hammond, Garden Manager and Intern Coordinator at 212-360-2785 or via email at dhammond@cityparksfoundation.org

Supported by: Con Edison, ExpandED Options - The After School Corporation, Jane & Frances Stein Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Starbucks Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Melissa Mark-Viverito.