Emerson Collective Garden Grants

Emerson Collective is launching a special initiative focused on community and school gardens. They are inviting proposals from schools and non-profits who are ready to build, improve, or expand community or school gardens. Here’s what we know: ·       Selected organizations will receive a two-year grant, providing funding of up to $10,000 in the first year and…

2022 TPL Playground Mini-grant

In case you missed our 12th Annual Stewardship Workshop, we’d love to share the resources and Mini-Grant opportunity offered to our Trust for Public Land playground sites. Our Mini-grant application is due on May 16th, 2022. If you are a TPL site, click here to download the mini-grant application. This grant can be used to…

2022 TPL Stewardship Workshop

Thank you to all who attended this year’s Stewardship Workshop. Your input and creativity inspired many joyful ideas for activating your Green Schoolyard spaces. My highlight was seeing the whole group get playful with some movement games led by The Movement Creative in the PS 184M playground…despite the rain! In case you missed it, here…

NYRP’s Garden Guide

New York Restoration Project offers an excellent, comprehensive and free garden guide to get any novice gardener started, or to help any experienced gardener troubleshoot issues that may arise. The guide is in both English and Spanish. Page 7 lays out a simple planting plan for raised beds Page 13 offers a breakdown of how…

Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest

One of our main partners in building Green Infrastructure playgrounds is the Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP). They have many educational resources, but one fun way they engage students around the topic of water is their Annual Water Resources and Poetry Contest. “Second through 12th grade students from New York City and watershed schools…

Free Schoolyard Activity Guides

Since we work with so many schoolyards across New York City, we’ve been invited to contribute to the Annual Schoolyards Activity Guides created in collaboration with 186 other organization who care about getting kids outside across the globe. You can download all of these activities here on the Green Schoolyards America website. Activities includes creating…

NYC’s Water Story – Lessons and Activities from DEP

These lessons and activities developed by New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (in partnership with teachers) “were designed to help your students explore their relationship with tap water and watersheds, with flushing toilets and wastewatertreatment, and rainfall and local water ecology.” Please find DEP’s six unit K-8 STEM lessons here: Understanding NYC’s Water Story:…

LES Ecology Center

Our Trust for Public Land NYC Community Schoolyards have benefitted all year from generous compost donations from the Lower East Side Ecology Center. The center is located in East River Park where you can spot huge piles of compost in various stages of their journey from food scraps to nutrient-rich compost. If you’re part of…

Grants to Support Your Garden and Playground

We are happy to support community programs, outdoor learning, and gardening in your playground with reimbursement based mini-grants from $200-$1500. Given the difficult circumstances of 2020 and 2021, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please contact Tiffany.Briery (at) tpl.org if you are interested. GrowNYC has also compiled a list of grants with upcoming…

The Best Garden Warm-up: Color Squares

Five years ago, at the Watershed and Forestry Institute, I was taught a bundle of games that allow for students to engage with their surroundings. I’ve used many of them but one stands out a very frequent Go-To today, and that’s Color Squares. It’s so simple, but I can’t believe how it takes kids from…