GrowNYC Education Programs Distance Learning Resources

During the cornavirus shutdown, GrowNYC Environmental Education Programs are providing activities and lessons that can be accessed by students from home.

Click here to sign up for upates from our education programs, including new distance learning resources.

Spring Activity Book

Spring is an exciting time on a Greenmarket farm! See inside our Spring Activity Book for seasonal recipes and activities. 

Reuse Projects

Materials found around the house can become planters, bird feeders, decorations and more! Reusing everyday objects engages critical thinking and problem solving skills as students reimagine how items can be repurposed. While these simple reuse projects alone won't save the world (we can only reuse so many bottles, egg cartons and coat hangers...) they will create a habit of seeing discarded materials as valuable resources, changing waste managment and consumption habits across a lifetime. The projects cost next to nothing and provide 40 mins of creative distraction!

Spring Wreath

No Sew T-shirt Bag

No Sew T-shirt Bag Instructions

Sub-Irrigated Planter (SIP) Instrucions

Paper Making Instructions

Virtual Field Trips

Students can explore unique areas of NYC without leaving their classrooms (or homes)!

Rusty Goes to Dead Horse Bay 

This inquiry-based lesson aims to teach students about New York City’s rich social history by taking them on a “virtual” field trip to a fascinating corner of Brooklyn called Dead Horse Bay. The shores of Dead Horse Bay are filled with waste from the  past: thousands upon thousands of glass bottles, leather shoe soles, broken toys, rusty telephones, chunks of horse bone, and scores of unidentifiable pieces of metal and plastic. How did this stuff get here? To answer this question, students will view a slide show and examine photographs, maps, cartoons, old advertisements, and informational text. 

Visit Dead Horse Bay - Google Slide Presentation

Field Guide - Google Document Student Worksheet


Rusty Goes to Inwood Hill Park

This lesson aims to teach students about the history of the last remaining natural park in Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park, which has historical significance as the Native Americans lived and fished along the land. IBy "visiting" the park and viewing historical texts, students will explore the values, motivations, and beliefs of the Lenape and the Europeans. Students learn about the land use change and how humans have treated our environment over the centuries. Students make determinations based on current assumptions of trash or garbage and are prompted to consider their individual impact as consumers and contributors to the waste stream.

Visit Inwood Hill Park - Google Slide Presentation

Venn Diagram Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet

          NYC Then & Now Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet

          Archeology Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet

Visit the Teaching Garden

Visit our Virtual Teaching Garden to learn what seeds we're starting, fun and interesting facts about our plants, tips and how-to's for starting a garden indoors, and garden related lessons for educators and parents.

Check out Farmer Shawn getting garden beds ready for planting here.

Home Gardening Projects   

Saving Seeds

Preserving Herbs

Smart Tricks to Store Fresh Produce (English) (Spanish) (Chinese)

DIY Newspaper Planting Pots (English) (Spanish) (Chinese) (Korean)

From Our Partners 

Virtual Food Justice 101 by GreenThumb YLC

Thursday, April 9, 4pm-6pm

Led by the GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council, this virtual workshop is geared for a youth-focused discussion about the food justice movement, the industrial and local food systems, and how you can take action as a youth gardener! Register here.

Earth Day How-To Festival with Staten Island Museum

Saturday, April 25, 12pm-4pm

Virtual workshops, presentations, and lectures will be broadcast to feature local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals sharing their particular passions ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. Celebrate the community’s know-how, learn something new, and help protect the only world we have. Register here.

Food Access Survey

Community Food Advocates created a short survey for NYC students and families to better understand the immediate impact of school closures and access to school meals. You can take the 10 minute survey here.

NYBG At Home

During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the New York Botanic Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, the virtual gates are wide open. You can stay connected through the collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. Check it out here.

NYC Parks

You can follow the Signs of Spring in NYC Parks, where they are tracking plant blooms and other indications of the season in nature. Also check out When and Where to See Wildlife in NYC based on the month of the year.

Queens County Farm Museum Distance Learning

You can access learning resources focused on agriculture, STEM and local NYC history for grades K-12 here.

Common Bytes Recipes and Activities

Keep kids active in the kitchen by making kid-friendly recipes at home in as little as 15 minutes. There are also recipes in Spanish. More info here.

Mantengan a los niños activos y hagan recetas para niños en casa en tan solo 15 minutos. También hay recetas en español. Más información aquí.

Common Bytes Nutrition Ed Training

Access free nutrition education training, curriculum and resources.You can teach your kids about the health benefits associated with nutritious and delicious food through fun science experiments and more! More info here.

CookShop Worksheets

Food Bank for New York City is offering their CookShop worksheets to the public for free. The worksheets are divided for K-2, 3-5, and families. There are coloring sheets, math worksheets, activities to do at home, budgeting & meal planning info for families. Access the worksheets here.

Food Corps Resources to Support Remote Learning

These cooking and gardening lessons can be adapted for ages 5-11 years old (Kindergarten to 5th grade). View the lessons here.

Billion Oyster Project Curriculum

Online STEM curriculum for grades 4-10 on how oysters help sustain our environment. The Billion Oyster Project is on a mission to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Find the curriculum here.

Slow Food Sessions to Watch and Learn at Home

Slow Food Live is a series of free sessions led by experts in a skill or topic that you can join from anywhere via laptop or phone. Participation is free. Sessions are at 2pm EST; 30-45 minutes of learning and 15 minutes for questions from you. More info here.

If there are changes to GrowNYC programming or operations due to COVID-19 this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes.


  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.