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When your team volunteers at a Green Exercise Day, all proceeds help the organization operate our free, year-round, after school program called City Surfers right here in East Harlem. City Surfers serves 45 children 5-days/week from October - June.

Green Exercise Days developing a garden-based, third-grade specific curriculum for local schools. 

These successes have been achieved by hiring high-energy individuals with college degrees in the fields in which they educate our students, improved training programs, deeper connections with participating families and partners, grants won for specific programming aspects like food justice and physical activity, and the serious commitment made by our students to improve their health and environment. GV2

Green Exercise Day Stats

In 2015, Concrete Safaris:
  • Reached 1,759 children
  • Hosted 580 volunteers at 33 garden, bike, and fitness events
  • Partnered with 8 schools 

Choose Your Own Adventure

GREEN EXERCISE DAYS IN THE GARDENS are opportunities for you and your colleagues to mentor 7-12-year olds for full days of gardening and play in East Harlem. We are aiming to reach all third graders in New York City School District 4, East Harlem, with four field trips per school year. Groups of 15 - 120 volunteers support children in 1:1 ratios or groups as you travel with them to various activity stations in our gardens, by bicycle, or on a PlayStreet. 

You will plant fruit, vegetable, and herb transplants, bulbs, and/or butterfly plants, depending on the season. Create paths from wood chips, wheelbarrow-ing, digging, and raking. Exercise with hula hoops, jump ropes, lunges, jumping jacks, and more. Design garden art like painting signs or making bird feeders. 

GREEN EXERCISE DAY BIRTHDAY PARTIES Sponsor joint birthday parties for up to 4 children to invite 50 of their closest friends and families for a healthy, fun event in and around our gardens.

GREEN EXERCISE DAYS ON WHEELS Join Concrete Safaris on an urban adventure. Cycle from East Harlem along the East River Esplanade to Randall’s Island for fishing, to Central Park for a loop, or beyond. All Green Exercise Days on Wheels include team building games. Groups of up to 30 volunteers are paired with 7 -11 -year olds in our regular programs. Volunteers must bring their own bicycles and helmets. School-year trips run from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

GREEN EXERCISE DAYS ON THE STREET Shut down a New York City street with Concrete Safaris for a whole day and throw an outdoor, active festival called a Block Party. Lead games, art, sports, and more. Our 2015 events will operate from 9 am - 5 pm on select days throughout the summer. Volunteers can donate full- or half-days of time.

GV3Book your Green Exercise Day between Earth Week and Thanksgiving.

Tell us what kind of Green Exercise Days most interest you and your group HERE, and we'll get back to you soon. Tax-deductible donations may be made to Concrete Safaris at 1775 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10029. Concrete Safaris is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. 

Concrete Safaris thanks you for your business, welcoming dedicated and new partners for our 8th season.