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! 

Tree Care Basics

  Water Weekly For the first few years, watering is the most important thing you can do for your trees. Water 15-20 gallons a week May-Oct.  Fill the tree-gator bag, pour three or four large buckets or let the hose flow for 15 minutes. Water 2X a week in July and August. Cultivate and Fertilize…

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…

Planning a Successful Playground Event

Planning a successful playground event is all about strong preparation. See our step by step guide below. Eight steps for a successful event: 1) Organize your planning team Tap multiple stakeholders and delegate responsibilities. If your event needs funding, make sure you have some designated fundraisers or fundraising coordinators on your team and begin planning…

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: …

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…