Green Exercise Days

Green Exercise Days are outdoor, educational field trips and/or community service experiences in our gardens. Students on field trips will learn about neighborhood health, urban agriculture, and environmental science, while gaining hands-on experience in the gardens. Corporate or community groups can join us for community service opportunities completing necessary projects at one or both gardens. All events involve teamwork, communication skills, and commitment to a common goal. All participants (all ages) must wear gloves, which will be provided. We will provide supplies, instruction, and leadership.

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Where & When?

Green Exercise Days are outdoors in Jefferson Gardens (115th Street and 2nd Avenue) and Mad Fun Farm (98th Street & Third Avenue).

Groups may schedule Green Exercise Days during the school day or on select Saturdays on a weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, or annual field basis.

Experiential Education May Involve:

Garden Design & Installation

Placemaking, Urbanism, Social Science Research, & Civic Engagement

Environmental Health

Outdoor Play

Garden Art

Children Will Build Their:

Understanding of food systems

Self-esteem by making core decisions

Health, learning fitness and healthy eating concepts

Independence as they learn to move around the gardens through an outdoor, educational course

Problem-solving, communication, and team building skills as they transform their environment into a healthier place

Community Service May Involve:

Garden Design & Installation

Construction & Painting Projects

Leaf & Trash Clean-Ups

Produce Harvesting & Distribution



    • K - 12th graders are invited to join us for educational field trips or community service events
    • Corporate and Community Groups are invited to join us for community service events
    • Teachers must participate with their students. Principals must approve field trips BEFORE permission slips are signed.
    • Participants' parent or guardian must bring signed permission slips (back and front) and follow CS' Code of Conduct.

Our Impact


children per school year
(7-12-year-olds/2nd-5th graders)


of produce grown per year


schools / community centers in NYC have participated




We learned that we should be nice to plants and we shouldnt harm them I like the activity when we painted rocks.



I learned that the white stuff in the soil (mycelium) makes mushrooms. I like that we get to participate in painting rocks and planting plants.



So far I learned how to use garden tools well. The most fun thing to do is to pick up the trash with the trash pickers. I like that I can help the environment..

Ms. Gamera


Something I like about the program is that the students are learning how to help the enviropmentĀ  and keep their community clean. The fact that the kids are actively participating helps develop the motor skills of the kids.