Learning Gardens brings year-round, field- and school-based garden science learning to NYC schoolchildren and community members. Our gardens are outdoor classrooms that provide vibrant green space in some of New York City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Operating four community gardens across three boroughs, CPF presents engaging interdisciplinary lessons to expand student learning around urban ecology, horticulture, soil science, and sustainable urban food systems. Students in 2nd – 8th grade and their teachers receive resource materials, curricula, and tools to enhance their understanding of ecosystem services and address the unique challenges of growing food in an urban environment. High School interns are trained in garden instruction and horticultural techniques throughout the spring and then work alongside Learning Gardens staff throughout the summer.
Each week from April through November, children and their families participate in drop-in workshops at Abib Newborn Learning Gardens site located in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The prospective docents will participate in a docent training course designed to prepare individuals to lead sensory tours and assist with programs designed for children and family groups. Docents will learn about the variety of vegetables, native plants, herbs and flowers. In addition, they will become familiar with techniques for presenting educational programs to children.
This a great position for retired and future teachers, college-aged volunteers who enjoy working with children, and those who love to share their passions with others.
Time Commitment: 3-4 regularly scheduled four-hour (AFTERSCHOOL & SUMMER) shifts per month equating to approximately 75 - 95 service hours annually. Garden Docents conduct regularly scheduled Garden tours throughout the spring and fall seasons (April through June and September through November equating to approximately 22 weeks annually). They also conduct specially scheduled workshops and special events in the garden.
You do not have to be a gardening or farming expert in any way to participate. Training will be provided. Applicants should, however, possess the following qualifications:
ABOUT CITY PARKS FOUNDATION
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives -- located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City -- reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.
Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.
Learning Gardens brings year-round, field- and school-based garden science learning to NYC schoolchildren and community members. Our gardens are outdoor classrooms that provide vibrant green space in some of New York…
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