Seeds to Trees

Since 1992, Seeds to Trees has introduced thousands of NYC children to urban ecology and nature through a distinctive combination of hands-on classroom activities, unparalleled field experiences and expert teacher training – all lead by our skilled environmental educators.

Throughout the school year, 2nd - 8th graders 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. Field exploration, technology and personal stewardship are just a few of the stimulating strategies employed to help kids grow as scientists and stewards of the natural world. We are committed to helping 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 a total of 14 sessions. Indoor classes are 40-45 minutes, while 3-4 outdoor field experiences run for 1.5-3 hours. Regular planning, ongoing assessment and professional development workshops align our lessons with each class’s learning level and style, and supports teachers in the areas of environmental science and outdoor environmental education.


CPF works with 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 after school, summer and intern programs for adolescents interested in continuing their learning.

For more information or to become a school partner, please contact Chrissy Word, Director of Education at 212-360-2787 or via email at Para mas informacion en espanol, llame al 212-360-3332.

Supported by: The Bay and Paul Foundations, Brook Astor Fund for NYC Education, Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive Company, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Melissa Mark-Viverito.