One of City Green’s most important functions is to provide nature-based learning opportunities for urban school students from pre-k through 12th grade, many of whom have never had the opportunity to learn about the complex relationships between people, food, and the environment. To achieve this, City Green partners with local schools to build customized educational programming that brings nature to the classroom and brings the classroom back to nature.
Existing partnerships have involved building new school gardens, providing training for teachers who want to educate their students using hands-on outdoor education strategies, arranging field trips to the City Green Farm Eco-Center, and creating outdoor classrooms where students can get their hands dirty. Rather than bringing the same educational programming to every school, City Green partners directly with educators and administrators to build the perfect customized school garden program for their students.
While City Green’s priority is creating programming for urban students, these opportunities are open to any school interested in bridging the gap between the classroom and the natural world. Partnerships are long term; City Green will pledge to support garden additions or repairs and offers annual spring and fall seed kits, new curriculum support, and additional teaching trainings to ensure long-term success and contribute to the establishment of “farm to school” culture throughout New Jersey.