Seeds to Trees

Since 1992, Seeds to Trees has engaged NYC children in science and nature in the urban environment through an invaluable combination of hands-on classroom activities, unparalleled field experiences and teacher training – all lead by our skilled environmental educators.

Throughout the school year, students from grades 1 – 8 explore the dynamics of urban ecosystems and human interaction with nature.  Whether studying biodiversity, urban wildlife, forest ecology or healthy waterways, Seeds to Trees students are immersed in hands-on activities designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and abilities.  Experiments, technology and service learning are just a few of the stimulating strategies employed to help kids grow as scientists and stewards of the natural world.

Kids of all ages and needs are filled with wonder when we transform our city parks into outdoor classrooms.  Students excitedly discover our city’s natural world, first hand, then bring those novel experiences back to the classroom setting. In so doing, we assist teachers to meet academic objectives, mandated science curricula and the Next Generation Science Standards.

CPF’s Seeds to Trees program is integrated into elementary and middle school science curriculum throughout the year, with at least two 45-minute sessions per month for a total of 14 indoor and outdoor sessions.  Extensive planning and professional development opportunities for teachers align our lessons with each class’s needs, and support teacher’s own abilities with environmental science and outdoor education.

CPF works with only 16-20 schools per year in order to ensure high-quality, in-depth partnerships.  We concentrate our programming in high-needs communities, often with real environmental challenges, whose children and youth face barriers to educational achievement.  Our goal is to work with students for a minimum of two years during the school day, and to offer afterschool, summer and intern programs for adolescents interested in continuing their learning.

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