Nature’s Role in Mitigating Stress and Racial Inequities

I loved this interview with Dr. Gail Christopher, a past keynote speaker for the Children & Nature Network. I’ve  always been most driven by what she sees as the #1 role of parks, nature, and play: mitigating stress in the lives of children so that they can be freed up for healthy development. There’s also…

Teach for Justice

As you plan for Fall 2020, we want to pass along some resources for support around social justice education. We’re hearing more and more discourse around investing in community-based solutions to community challenges, and we think playgrounds, school gardens, and community programming can be a big part of envisioning this new investment. Here are some…

Schools That Can – Fall 2020

Praise to all teachers! We’re amazed with how all NYC educators have navigated all that’s been asked of them over the last few months. When we shared the training on Trauma-informed Teaching, we had the impacts of Covid-19 in mind. Of course, students and school communities have been dealing with trauma-inducing systemic racism manifest in…

Math at Home

We’re were very lucky to work with Jan Cohen to develop a Math in the Playground curriculum. Until playgrounds are opened again, Jan at Urban Math Trails, is hosting a free online training on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:30pm on how to turn your space at home into a fun math learning lab. Many remote…

Colors of your Park

Have you been visiting your local park? What Spring colors have you seen? Enjoy this quick coloring park which features some Dos and Don’t of enjoying nature during this time.

Tinkergarten At Home

If you’re looking for ideas for facilitating nature play in your local park or in your yard, Tinkergarten just launched free activity plans and videos available online. Tinkergarten At Home is a free, weekly series of outdoor activity plans that enable families to keep young kids entertained, learning, and connected to nature. Let us know…

How to Thin Seeds

A few weeks ago, we covered how to plant seeds. No matter how precise you aim to be in planting, it’s likely that your seeds will sprout in little groups. We don’t want to sprouts to be too crowded as they get larger. You want each plant to have enough room to grow big without…

Earth Day & Beyond w GreenThumb

GreenThumb from NYC Parks has moved many of their Spring Workshops to online webinars that you can tune into from home. If you miss the workshops, they’re posting the videos after-the-fact – such as this tutorial from last Monday entitled Starting Seeds from Home.  (Password: Seeds2020) Tomorrow, they’re hosting a series of very special workshops…

Letter to Your Playground

Do you miss your playground and your playground friends? Write a letter! Once of the most persistent memories I have of elementary school is singing the “Friendly Letter Song” in 3rd grade. The tune has stuck in my head for a full 25 years so I won’t link it here, but I’m sure it’s easy…

Working with Native Plants

Planting or re-planting a garden space can feel like a daunting task. We’re here to help, and the good new is that going with nature, planting plants that have grown in the region for centuries, will make make the task easier and less maintenance heavy! Identify Conditions – native plants at the nursery are often…