Through partnerships with schools in over a dozen cities in Northern New Jersey, City Green has facilitated new School Garden projects, with a specific focus on Paterson and Jersey City. The program supports teachers with the construction of garden classrooms, which include custom designed curriculum programs, teacher training and resources to assist them in connecting gardening education to school subjects such as science, social studies, health, nutrition and math. City Green also provides teachers with ongoing support during the fall and spring by allocating garden necessities such as seed kits and offering labor for clean-up tasks. These projects enhance the educational and academic process of participants, cultivating their talents and skills while enriching their capacities of observation and thinking. Youth gain an understanding of where their food comes from, the benefits of locally grown and organic food, the importance of healthy food choices and the impact of food choices on their health.Participants also develop a deeper understanding of the urban environment, its place in the context of ecosystems and ecology, and gain a sense of connection to the natural systems that support us.
The Environmental Club Program provides valuable resources for teachers interested in engaging middle school students to understand environmental strengths and weaknesses in their home communities. Students are empowered to take action and make change with the tools and resources provided at the Environmental Clubs. City Green organizes two annual events – The Go Green Environmental Conference at Ramapo College and the Harmony Project - where students and their teachers discuss environmental issues and participate in hands-on environmental lessons.
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