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.


The Learning Gardens Apprenticeship engages high school sophomores and juniors in garden based learning while exploring topics including food justice, urban gardening, and biodiversity.

Through this five-month intensive, students develop leadership skills and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction, with the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.

For more information or to become a school partner, please contact Jennifer Classon, Intern Coordinator at 212-360-3339 or via email at jclasson@cityparksfoundation.org.


Each week from July - August, eight summer 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 Joel Lock, Associate Director of Youth Development at 212-360-2745 or via email at jlock@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 Volunteer Coordinator at 212-360-2785 or via email at dhammond@cityparksfoundation.org

Supported by: Generous private support is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Con Edison, Levitt Foundation, Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, and The Barker Welfare Foundation. Public support is provided by New York City Council.

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