Math at Home

We’re were very lucky to work with Jan Cohen to develop a Math in the Playground curriculum. Until playgrounds are opened again, Jan at Urban Math Trails, is hosting a free online training on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:30pm on how to turn your space at home into a fun math learning lab. Many remote…

Colors of your Park

Have you been visiting your local park? What Spring colors have you seen? Enjoy this quick coloring park which features some Dos and Don’t of enjoying nature during this time.

Tinkergarten At Home

If you’re looking for ideas for facilitating nature play in your local park or in your yard, Tinkergarten just launched free activity plans and videos available online. Tinkergarten At Home is a free, weekly series of outdoor activity plans that enable families to keep young kids entertained, learning, and connected to nature. Let us know…

Earth Day & Beyond w GreenThumb

GreenThumb from NYC Parks has moved many of their Spring Workshops to online webinars that you can tune into from home. If you miss the workshops, they’re posting the videos after-the-fact – such as this tutorial from last Monday entitled Starting Seeds from Home.  (Password: Seeds2020) Tomorrow, they’re hosting a series of very special workshops…

Letter to Your Playground

Do you miss your playground and your playground friends? Write a letter! Once of the most persistent memories I have of elementary school is singing the “Friendly Letter Song” in 3rd grade. The tune has stuck in my head for a full 25 years so I won’t link it here, but I’m sure it’s easy…

Working with Native Plants

Planting or re-planting a garden space can feel like a daunting task. We’re here to help, and the good new is that going with nature, planting plants that have grown in the region for centuries, will make make the task easier and less maintenance heavy! Identify Conditions – native plants at the nursery are often…

Playground Visioning Tools

When a playground first opens, we like to gather the stakeholders in the school playground community and get a sense of how the space in already used. What’s already going on and who should we get involved? This Playground Vision Intake Sheet helps gather contacts and map out ways the playground’s already being used so…

Play in Difficult Times

A few notes on the importance of play in difficult times: Play is essential to child development. All you super-parents out there working from home, home-schooling, and/or parenting under stress and isolation can rest easy that simply letting children play at home or (socially-distanced) at a park is contributing to their physical, social, cognitive, and…

How to Plant Seeds

There’s a bit of magical faith in planting a seed. It’s a simple and fairly reliable way to grow a plant, but every time a little stem and those first cotyledons or “seed leaves” push through the soil, I think “Wow! I can’t believe that worked!” If you requested seeds through our Annual Garden Survey,…

The Nature Journal

Is there anything more beautiful than the first almost lime-colored spring green that appears on the willow trees of New York City at the end of March? Playgrounds may be temporarily closed, but we can still take walks outside (with caution, masks, and social distancing), pass street trees and community gardens, and visit our neighborhood…