COVID-19 Update:

  • Come play outside at a social distance Mondays - Fridays, 2 - 5:30 PM, on East 115th Street from Park to Third Avenues at Concrete Safaris' After School NYC #OpenStreets in partnership with NYC DOT and NYPD 23rd Precinct.
  • NYCHA resident gardeners and volunteers are now welcome to grow food at Mad Fun Farm at Washington Houses and Jefferson Gardens at Jefferson Houses in groups of 9 or less. Register here.
  • Youth and families are being served remotely for after school and referral services at this time. Contact us M - F from 10AM - 6PM at 646.869.1503.
  • For all program-related questions, please email
  • Concrete Safaris' physical office at 158 East 115th Street is closed until further notice. CS is receiving mail. You can make a donation by mail or on our website.
  • You must wear a mask for all CS programming and gloves for garden-based programs for the foreseeable future. Let's all do our part to keep ourselves, our community, and CS Staff safe!
  • Thank you for your patience during this challenging time, and we wish you and yours the best of health and safety!

We're Concrete Safaris

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 an outdoor field trip opportunity serving K-12. Register your classes for trips this school year.

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 4 programs

Since 2008

We involve



Since 2008

(1,100+ in 2019)

We utilize


Days of Outdoor Play

in 2019

JungleGym 2020 Plans Are In The Works

We'll let you know where and when soon. This year, we are inviting local schools and NYCHA developments to bring JungleGym to your students, families, and neighbors. If you are interested in partnering, please contact us. In the meantime, get outside and active with friends, family, or solo to prepare your mind and body for the challenges.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday & Thursday Garden Volunteer Sessions at Jefferson Gardens

May 20, 2020 10:00AM—Jun 25, 2020 1:00PM

Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office. If you arrive after the start time for this event and do not see anyone, meet us in the gardens around the basketball courts just south of this office between First and Second Avenues and 115th and 113th Streets. These gardens cannot be seen from the meeting point. Jefferson Gardens, 300 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029

Monday & Friday Garden Volunteer Sessions at Mad Fun Farm

May 18, 2020 10:00AM—Jun 30, 2020 1:00PM

Meet outside 1775 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10029 at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses. If you arrive after the start time for this event, meet us in the gardens just south of the flag pole between 98th and 97th Streets and Third and Second Avenues. These gardens can be seen from the meeting point.