Out of the Weeds!

We had a fun & productive training workshop with the custodial staff at MS 267/LaCima/BSCCS in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on Friday. This rainy summer has been good for our gardens, but the weeds seem to be thriving as much as our school garden plants! I made these guys a site-specific weeding guide and they got…

Better Outside: Focus on Nature

Though it can be intimidating to take students outside, teachers are often surprised to find that the students who most struggle in the classroom better maintain their focus outside. Students often feel more engaged when they’re given the opportunity to feel successful by contributing to their garden and school community. Check out other findings from…

Playground Opening: East Village Community School/Children’s Workshop School/ P 94

On May 29th, the NYC Playgrounds Program team opened a new green infrastructure playground at East Village Community School/Children’s Workshop School/ P94, serving the school’s students and 42,000 neighbors within a 10-minute walk. Cetiliztli Nauhcampa – Aztec ceremony to unite the community in the new space. We love to invite local groups in the community to join…

Green Schoolyard Alert! Summer Opening at PS 19M!

  On June 18th, the New York City Playgrounds team opened the PS 19 Community Playground, providing 60,000 East Village residents with a new place to play. The green infrastructure at PS 19, a turn field, tree, garden, permeable pavement, and a green-roof gazebo, will capture 800,000 gallons of stormwater per year. The schoolyard is directly across…

Playground Working Here!

Each of our playgrounds incorporate some element of green infrastructure – from trees to a large turf fields designed to capture stormwater. These elements are excellent learning tools for understanding how GI works in NYC which is why we always include the above sign detailing how the various element work.  We also have a school-wide…

Stewardship Workshop 2018

On March 23rd, we celebrated our 10th Annual Stewardship Workshop with teachers, parents, parent coordinators, and after-school providers from 20 of our NYC school playground sites. The event brought school communities together to share resources, strategies, and success stories on keeping schoolyards vibrant, beautiful, and safe. This year’s program had a stellar line-up of speakers,…

Off to a Green Start

We strive to make the stewardship of each school garden a community responsibility,  both fun and educational.  We include students in on the first plantings of their schoolyards to connect them to the process early.  By investing students in their garden early in the process, we hope to develop their sense of responsibility and pride…

Playground Opening: PS 140/Edward K. Ellington School in Jamaica, Queens

On May 22, the New York City Playgrounds team celebrated the opening of PS 140/Edward K. Ellington School in Jamaica, Queens.  Located within a 10-minute walk of over 11,000 New Yorkers, the new community playground in Queens was transformed from an asphalt lot into a vibrant green community playground following The Trust for Public Land’s participatory design process….

(Food) Trash to (Black) Treasure

While many of us are still paralyzed by our Thanksgiving food-comas, now is the best time to talk trash. Food trash, to be specific. According to the NY Post, Americans throw out $165 Billion in uneaten food annually, with $227 Million happening on one day: Thanksgiving. While it’s important to prevent food waste, it is also valuable…