Limited Outdoor Environmental Education & Sports Programs For NYC Youth

Published on July 27, 2020, 3:52 pm
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City Parks Foundation kicked off its 2020 free summer sports and environmental education programs last week for young people in NYC. The programs, running on a limited basis and adhering to city recommended safety regulations, have resumed outdoors in parks across the city. CityParks Learn Environmental Education programs include CityParks Learn: Green Girls Empowered by ING, Coastal Classroom and Learning Gardens. CityParks Play Sports programs include: Citywide Aces Tennis, Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy, Junior Tennis Tournament Series, and the Junior Golf Center. City Parks Foundation has also been chosen to host Fresh Air Fund summer outdoor programs for youth enrolled in the program.

CityParks Learn: Green Girls Empowered by ING Summer Institute will offer 6th – 8th graders a chance to study dynamic urban forests now – August 06, 2020, Monday – Thursday (two sessions: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, 01:00 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.) in-person at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. Green Girls are encouraged to realize their potential to create change within their natural environment and learn about future careers in the sciences. This season the curriculum will focus on bird-watching, canoeing, conducting science projects or doing service, Registration is still available at here

CityParks Learn: Coastal Classroom will offer 6th – 8th Graders lessons about our city’s waterways now – August 06, 2020, in-person at Kaiser Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn from Monday – Wednesday (10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.) and distance learning remotely Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. Science-based activities coupled with recreational opportunities such as fishing, seining and bird watching will be featured this summer, allowing students to experience our waterways as their own backyards. Registration is full and now closed.

CityParks Learn: Learning Gardens will offer a select small group of high school interns the opportunity to apply skills gained during their apprenticeship in a remote work opportunity in our own run gardens focused on environmental and food justice advocacy, NYC community nutrition and access, and career readiness. CityParks Learning Gardens are open and located in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

CityParks Play: Tennis & Golf will offer free sports instruction for young New Yorkers this summer. Our tennis programs include our Citywide Aces Program where advanced junior players receive free specialized training in a small groups, and the Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy tournament training program. Our golf programming will take place exclusively at the Junior Golf Center, a comprehensive training facility offering free instruction and practice for youth located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Registration is full and now closed.

Also new to 2020, City Parks Foundation is working with the Fresh Air Fund to offer “Fresh Air Open Spaces” a combination of free sports and recreation programs to kids, ages 12-15, including tennis and track, bird watching, plant lessons and more. The Fresh Air Fund program will be hosted in three sessions, each two weeks long at Marine Park in Brooklyn, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and Forest Park in Queens. 

Programs are open to the press interested in attending to cover; interviews with City Parks Foundation representatives are available. 

For more information about City Parks Foundation’s 2020 summer programs, please visit here.

Generous private support for CityParks Play is provided by The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation and The Venable Foundation. Generous public support for CityParks Play is provided by the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. CityParks Tennis is presented by BNP Paribas, with additional support from Lacoste, The Thompson Family Foundation, The New York Community Trust – George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, The Rosen Family, Victoria & Scott Cerullo, and the Irwin Weiner Charitable Foundation. CityParks Golf Supporting Sponsors are Lacoste and The First Tee. 

Generous private support for CityParks Learn is provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, ExpandEd Schools, The Barker Welfare Foundation, MUFG Union Bank Foundation, and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. Learning Gardens is supported by TD Bank. Generous private support for Learning Gardens is provided by Con Edison, Jane and Frances Stein Foundation, and the Michael Tuch Foundation. Generous private support for Coastal Classroom is provided by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Patagonia. Green Girls is presented by ING FInancial Series. Generous private support for Green Girls is provided by The Pinkerton Foundation, the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the Watershed Agricultural Council. City Parks Learn is presented in partnership with NYC Parks. 

About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 400 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 310,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

For more information, please visit here.

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