May Events and Workshops


All grow to learn workshops are free and open to the public to attend.  Due to funding, certain material giveaways may be limited to schools registered with Grow to Learn. If you have an upcoming event you'd like us to include, please let us know at

Grow to Learn Event: Spring School Gardens Tour


Saturday, June 6th, 11:00am-2:30pm

Location: The group will meet at Bronx Academy of Letters (339 Morris Ave, Bronx) and will then travel to PS 154x and PS 43x/Wanaqua Community Garden. 

Cost: Free

School gardens are blooming all across the city! Teachers and schools aren’t always able to get out and see what’s growing in gardens in their own neighborhoods, or ones farther afield so here’s your opportunity. Join us on a walking tour of school and community gardens in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Come see and taste the early Summer harvest, talk garden-curriculum connections, tour a community garden that hosts students from a neighboring school, and get connected to resources and support for gardens all over the city.

Please be aware that this tour will involve walking to a few sites within a 10 block radius, so please wear walking shoes.




POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: Grow to Learn Workshop: Maintain and Sustain

Thursday, May 28th, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Smiling Hogshead Ranch, 25-30 Skillman Ave, Long Island City, Queens

Cost: Free


You've built a few raised beds, had a successful harvest, and are looking towards the future. How do school gardens go about maintaining their space and sustaining enthusiasm and success? Join Grow to Learn as we go through some real life scenarios and share the easiest and best ways to create a long-term, sustainable school garden. Come prepared with the challenges you are currently facing in your garden!


NYC Eco-Schools Event: Brooklyn Sustainability Coordinators Gathering

Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 4:00-6:00pm

Location: PS 29, Brooklyn

Cost: Free

Please join NYC Eco-Schools on Thursday, May 28th from 4pm to 6pm at Green Flag Eco-School PS 29, 425 Henry Street, for our BROOKLYN SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR GATHERING. Science teacher and Sustainability Coordinator Tina Reres will explain how she integrates sustainability into the curriculum with programs like Trout in the Classroom and Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens. We'll tour the school's productive food and pollinator garden and learn how it's used as an outdoor classroom. PS 29's award-winning waste reduction, recycling and source separation system will be on display and you'll meet some active student Green Team members and butterfly heroes, donning their green aprons. Come and mingle with like-minded peers, get inspired, and enjoy some delicious snacks. Take F or G train to Bergen Street or check for mass transit options. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 26th.


Grow to Learn Office Hours

Friday, May 30th, 3-5pm

Location: The Grow to Learn Demo Garden, City Hall Park

Cost: Free


Every other week throughout the Spring, Grow to Learn staff will be hosting "Office Hours" in our demo garden near City Hall. We won't have scheduled programming, but we'll be hanging out, working in the gardening, and enjoying the sunshine from 3:00-5:00. Designed as an open time for school gardeners to connect with Grow to Learn staff, "Office Hours" are a time for you to drop in whenever you'd like, and bring your questions, problems, ideas, and stories. We're looking forward to troubleshooting, sharing successes, and spending some time outside together!

Project ECS @ ESC Professional Development: Intro to Hydroponics

  • Monday, July 6th, 9am-3pm

    Tuesday, July 7th, 9am-3pm

    Wednesday, July 8th, 9am-3pm

    Location: Environmental Study Center, 7151 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11234

    Cost: Free


    Project ECS@ESC: Encouraging Connections through STEM at the Environmental Study Center is an innovative approach to STEM education that combines professional learning, instructional technology, and experiential STEM learning for K-12 students and teachers across New York City. Project ECS@ESC is funded by a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. By attending the PD, you’ll:

    • Investigate a unit of study on hydroponics and its role in reducing the farming footprint

    • Receive a mini hydroponic system to use in your classroom

    • Receive a voucher for a free class trip to ESC to further investigate hydroponics

    • Gain access to e-books and digital resources to supplement the unit of study


    Must apply by May 15th.

    Apply Here