School Garden – Planning the Nitty Gritty

So much about properly caring for a new school garden concerns the nitty, gritty nuts and bolts of who’s doing what and when and where are all the things kept?! Here are some questions and logistics to consider when you’re coordinating use of your school’s new garden. You might keep this info on a worksheet in…

Getting your Playground Committee Started

Who should be a part of your playground committee? Having a diverse set of networks and skill sets on your committee will set up your playground for success. A few of the skills you may want to consider are fundraising, event planning, gardening and maintenance, and scheduling. A Guide to Getting Your Playground Committee Started: …

CUSP Map

Last week, we talked about the green infrastructure often included in our school yards to combat the pollution caused by Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Of course, the Trust for Public Land is not the only organization or group working on this pollution problem. We like our playground stewards to understand how their schoolyards fit into climate…

Green Infrastructure Playgrounds

The NYC Playgrounds Program has a partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection “DEP”to include green infrastructure in our student designed playgrounds. The green infrastructure collects stormwater and lets it soak back into the ground or water plants rather than run off into a drain. Why do we want to capture stormwater? During the playground…

2015 Stewardship Workshop

This Fall, we were so pleased to have 25 teachers, custodians, and administrators come out to our 2015 Playgrounds Stewardship Workshop. We know that the true experts on engaging students in the NYC Playground Program’s schoolyards, planning community events, and troubleshooting maintenance issues are the amazing educators and staff on the ground everyday. One of…