16 Years of Youth Transforming The World Starting In Their Own Backyards

Since 2008, Concrete Safaris has prepared youth in East Harlem and beyond to lead healthy lives and shape their environment through outdoor education, play, exploration, and community engagement. 

City Surfers

Our outdoor, year-round classrooms foster each child's potential by giving them a place to dream and do within a safe and natural environment, which they help create.

Green Exercise Days

Green Exercise Days are outdoor, educational field trips and/or community service experiences in our gardens. Learn more about CS' COVID-19 opportunities.

Outdoor Leadership Academy

An internship program for 14-24-year-olds divided into three cohorts -- gardening, outdoor play, and health promotion. Interns may start working with Concrete Safaris during the school year or summer time.

Youth Transforming The World Starting In Their Own Backyards

We have over



Youth Across 5 programs

Since 2008

We involve



Since 2008

We utilize


Days of Outdoor Play

Per Year

Outdoor Leadership Academy - SYEP 2022

We're accepting over two hundred 14-15-year-olds for this program, which will run from July 10 - August 18, 2023. Make sure to select "Concrete Safaris" in the drop-down menu.


Concrete Safaris’ PlacemakingCorps is a grantee of Public Health AmeriCorps and receives funds from its State and National program. Apply to serve for 6 - 10.5 months exploring a career in public and environmental health and placemaking, while supporting youth development and community building.

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Upcoming Events

Jefferson Gardens’ Garden Volunteer Session: Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Oct 14, 2023 10:00AM—1:00PM

Jefferson Gardens 300 East 115th Street, New York, NY, 10029

Transformation Celebration 2023

Oct 17, 2023 6:00PM—9:00PM

SPYSCAPE HQ, 928 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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