The Movement Creative

The Movement Creative is an amazing NYC-based parkour, movement, and games organization that we’ve been inviting to partner with our school communities. Although Parkour is often seen as an activity for the super fit and super bold YouTube sensations jumping from window ledges to building tops, I’ve loved seeing how their movement philosophy translates to…

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…

Basic Garden Tips: All About Weeds

Lets talk about weeds! What’s wrong with weeds? Bad for your other plants. It is especially important to manage weed growth in small spaces like schoolyard gardens and plots where soil and nutrients are limited.  Unfortunately, weeds left to grow wild will eventually kill some plants and stress others. Too messy. Weeds make your school…

Math in the Playground with Urban Math Trails

Take your students out of the classroom and into the playground for a math lesson. Not only has TPL transformed over 200 barren asphalt lots into dynamic green playgrounds for NYC students, we are now activating math learning at these playgrounds. A series of playground problem sets, tied to NYC math learning standards, is now…

Playground Impact

Take a look a this quick and pretty recap of our program’s impact to date! 

NBA Cares Basketball Clinic

We were so lucky to have the support of NBA and Barclays Center at the PS 354/KIPP AMP Community Playground. To celebrate this new partnership, NBA Cares led a free basketball clinic for 40 students directly after the opening celebration. Take a look here: NBA Playground Ribbon Cutting Brooklyn Nets and TPL

MS 354/ KIPP AMP Playground Celebration!

Yesterday, we celebrated the opening a new Trust for Public Land playground in Crown Heights! The Opening got a huge community turn out and included multiple student performance including a dance and stilts performance honoring the neighborhood’s diverse West Indian culture and a jazz band performance. Here a couple more articles covering the event! Crown…

Tinkergarten: Outdoor learning for 6 Months – 8 years

Tinkergarten is on a quest to elevate childhood and we’ve got the playgrounds fit for the task! Our renovated playgrounds are open to the community on evenings and weekends. Tinkergarten brings together children and their parents in local, green spaces to learn together through outdoor play-based activities that cultivate skills such as empathy, collaboration, problem…

Out of the Weeds! Custodial Training Day

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…