Green Exercise Days

Engage your team with an outdoor volunteer experience maintaining or installing gardens in East Harlem. All Green Exercise Days take place at Mad Fun Farm (1775 3rd Ave at 98th St) and Jefferson Gardens (300 E 115th St at 2nd Ave).

                                                            Sample Activities

                Get an outdoor workout as you tackle construction and garden maintenance projects, including:

Planting & Caring For Trees: Help plant and nurture 260 trees to address flooding and climate change in East Harlem through 2026.

Planting & Caring for Organic Gardens: Grow organic vegetables, herbs, and fruits available for free to local residents living at or below poverty.

New Bed Construction: Construct raised garden beds.

Compost & Soil Crew: Fill new raised beds with topsoil, and prepare the ground for bed installation. Mix, turn and feed compost units.

Path Crew: Create clearly defined paths throughout the gardens. 

Seed Crew: Plant a massive butterfly garden by sowing native perennials. 

Maintenance Crew: Varied projects including patching raised beds and lining garden paths. 

Weekdays - Monday - Friday

Sample Garden Event Schedules With Children & Youth

         

               Single-Day Garden Education Event 

                   

Youth Garden Internship Training & Infrastructure Projects

  Time                        Activity                                   Notes

8:15 AM                    Orientation                       Volunteers Only      9:15 AM              Meet the Mentees     Play team building games

9:45 AM                 Start stations              Switch every 30 minutes

11:45 AM                      Lunch                               Volunteers Only  12:15 PM           Continue Stations           Switch every 30 minutes 1:15 PM                       Debrief

1:45 PM                     Cleanup                                                              2:00 PM                   Departure

 

   Time                        Activity                                      Notes

9:00 AM                 Orientation                         Volunteers+Interns 10:00 AM               Ice Breakers              Play team building games

10:15 AM               Start Projects           Commit to small and large                                                                                            projects

11:45 AM                     Lunch                               Volunteers+Interns  12:15 PM            Continue Projects                 Complete as needed  1:30 PM                      Debrief

1:45 PM                     Cleanup

2:00 PM                  Departure

 

Interested in making a weekly impact?

Garden education events serve East Harlem District 4 students weekly by grade and school, camp or community partner, varying in the school year and summer. Volunteers can join us for up to 30 events per year. Ask us which days are available this season.

Saturday Garden Volunteer Sessions

                                                                 Sample Garden Event Schedules

  Time                        Activity

10 AM                    Orientation

10:20 AM              Start Stations

12:30 PM                       Debrief

12:40 PM                     Cleanup

1PM                   Departure

     DONATION: $3,500 for first 35 volunteers, and $100/volunteer thereafter.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR DONATION:

Supplies, materials, event planning, staffing, and service will be provided for the event. Yes, that includes gloves.

Proceeds support direct service participants with free, year-round outdoor programs. 

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR DONATION:

Food is not included in your donation. Please support local restaurants and caterers, if you choose to order food. There are seating areas available outdoors around our gardens, which can accommodate groups upwards of 100 volunteers. It is required that food be purchased for CS' youth participants, national service members, and staff attending the event, if food will be served when they are present.