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…

Schools that Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind

In this talk, Claire Latan√© covers her research on how we can design outdoor spaces to foster positive mental health outcomes at schools. I love that her first principal is all about fostering a sense of belonging through inclusive, participatory design processes, the cornerstone of the New York City Playgrounds Program. Her second principal encourages…