GrowNYC's Environmental Education Programs

GrowNYC’s education initiatives aim to foster environmental and community stewardship among young New Yorkers, school by school and classroom by classroom. Each year we provide programming to more than 30,000 youth through recycling and sustainability programs, school garden initiatives and support, nutrition education, Greenmarket school tours, in-school curricula, environmental education, and much more.  We focus on New York City neighborhoods that fit GrowNYC’s priority profile including high poverty, low consumption and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and limited access to green space.

How Can We Help You?

I want to take a field trip (all ages)

I want help building or maintaining a school garden (K-12)

  • Sign-up or Register your existing garden with Grow to Learn; our city-wide school garden initiative with a mission to facilitate and support sustainable teaching gardens in every NYC public school.

I want to improve recycling and sustainability initiatives at my school (K-12)

  • Become a Recycling Champion! - In order to provide direct programming to all NYC schools we’ve partnered with the DOE and the NYC Department of Sanitation to offer Common Core linked hands-on direct programming to youth as well as professional development workshops for faculty and staff.

I want to participate in a longer-term curriculum or educational program (mixed ages)

  • Seed to Plate is a standards-aligned 5th & 6th grade curriculum that tells the story of local food in a way that motivates greater behavioral change.
  • Environmental Education provides 5th -12th graders with expansive hands-on environmental programming including topics such as air and water quality, energy and green design, tree plantings and much more.
  • Learn it, Grow it, Eat it offers youth development, nutrition education, and school-sponsored internships for High School students in the South Bronx.

I want to support GrowNYC’s Youth Education Initiative:

  • Become a volunteer!
  • Corporate and nonprofit partners can purchase Greenmarket Bucks to distribute to participating Greenmarket school tour participants for the purchase of healthy, local food.
  • Donate! GrowNYC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


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  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.