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.

We operate four gardens:

  • Grove Hill Community Garden in Morrisania, Bronx

  • Abib Newborn Garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn

  • Umoja Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn

  • Detective Keith Williams Community Garden at Liberty Park 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. Professional development 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 about school day programs, please contact Joel Rodriguez, Director of Environmental Education, at jrodriguez@cityparksfoundation.org.

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.

Each week from July 6 to August 13, 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.  

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 please contact Dylan Hammond at (212) 360-2785 or via email at dhammond@cityparksfoundation.org. Para más información en español, llame al (212) 360-2765.

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.