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…

Tree Gators for Watering

Our new playgrounds often have around 15-25 new trees planted. The first few years after a tree is newly planted mark the most vulnerable years, so we support watering by equipping each tree with a “Tree Gator” bag. The bag is donut shaped (in my opinion, the bags should be called Tree Donuts!), with a…

What’s Good in My Hood?

The New York Restoration Project has a big activities and resource library on everything from tree planting, windowsill gardens, and plant part experiments which we encourage you to checkout. Since the Trust for Pubic Land loves to center students in their playground design process, we especially love NYRP’s activities for cultivating environmentally literate urban citizens….

Play Equipment Donations!

Could your school or organization benefit from a donation of play equipment? Good Sports provides sports and recreation equipment donations to community organizations and schools in need. Learn more and apply here.

2021 NYC Playgrounds Mini-Grant

Spring is coming! We want to help you celebrate with our Mini-Grant program. You can apply for$200-$1500 in funding to encourage positive use of your yard with a playground event or festival, supplies for outdoor learning or gardening, or a community partner to lead a program for students or the community in your yard.  Applications…

City Nature Challenge 2021

Have you ever heard of a bioblitz? It’s a way for scientists, naturalists, and community volunteers to come together for a brief period of time to survey all the bio-diversity in a given area. The interconnectedness allowed by technology allows communities, especially in cities, to collaborate in documenting the natural world like never before. Your…