April Events and Workshops


 If you have an upcoming event you'd like us to include, please let us know at growtolearn@grownyc.org

Grow to Learn Event: Indoor Garden Tour

Wednesday, April 15th, 5 - 6pm

Location: The tour will begin at PS 208 Alain M. Locke 21 West 111th, St. Manhattan.

Cost: Free


Interested in gardening, but don’t have any outdoor space? Join Grow to Learn staff and schools on an indoor gardening tour of Harlem! Unfortunately we will not be able to stop at PS 50 Vito Marcantonio anymore, but we'll still visit PS 208m Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship to see their great hydroponics classroom, constructed in conjunction with NY Sun Works. At this site, you’ll get inspired by a wonderful program, and learn a bit more about how indoor gardens and hydroponic science labs get started, what special considerations you should keep in mind for indoor gardening and farming, and where to receive funding for indoor projects!


Due to space limitations, the tour will be capped at 30 participants. Tour participants will receive a free, 1-ride metrocard for use during this tour. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Indoor Garden Meet Up from 6:00-7:30 at the nearby Urban Garden Center. See the Indoor Garden Meet Up description for more details.


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Grow to Learn Event: Indoor Garden Meet Up

Wednesday, April 15th, 6 - 7:30pm

Location: Urban Garden Center, 1640 Park Avenue

Cost: Free


Head on over to the Urban Garden Center for an Indoor Garden “Meet Up.” This meet up will be participant-centered, so come ready to discuss your indoor gardening ideas, challenges, and successes with Grow to Learn, NY Sun Works hydroponic classroms, indoor gardening partner organizations, and other schools. This meet up is intended both for schools with an existing, successful indoor gardening program, and schools that are looking to get started. In addition to being an opportunity to mingle with other schools and experts, this meet up will also include mini-presentations by partner organizations and fellow schools on indoor gardening options, tips, and techniques.


Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Indoor Garden Tour from 4:30-6:00 in Harlem. See the Indoor Garden Tour description for more details, but please note that due to space limitations, the tour will be capped at 30 participants.

RSVP here!

Grow to Learn Workshop: Small Victories

Thursday, April 16th, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: 49 Chambers St, 12th Floor, Room 212, Manhattan

Cost: Free


Join Grow to Learn as we walk through how to accomplish some easy garden victories this spring before school is out. We'll cover quick and easy crops, curricular tie ins, cooking connections, and check out the Grow to Learn Demo Garden and its early Spring crop. GTL registered participants will get to bring home 10 packs of seeds!

Registered Schools will bring home seed packets.

Please RSVP

Grow to Learn Giveaway: Painted Lady Larvae

Thursday, April 16th, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: 49 Chambers St, 12th Floor, Room 212, Manhattan

Cost: Free


Thanks to the Earth's Birthday Project, Grow to Learn is hosting a Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae Giveaway! Release some pollinators into your pollinator garden this spring. You do not need to be registered to attensd this giveaway, all schools are welcome and take a second to check out Earth's Birthday's note to NYC School Gardeners!

Amount of larvae per school will be deter mined by RSVP's so please let us know if you will be attending.

Please RSVP

Grow to Learn Office Hours

Friday, April 17th, 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 trouble-shooting, sharing successes, and spending some time outside together!

Greenthumb and NYRP Giveaway: Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 18th, 10am - 12pm RSVP Here

Sunday, April 19th, 10am-12pm

Location: Red Shed Garden, Brooklyn

Cost: Free


GreenThumb and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are teaming up to bring you free trees as part of the Million TreesNYC initiative!

Please check back later to register to reserve a tree to plant in your front or back yards, gardens or commercial property. Registration is typically available approximately two weeks prior to the giveaway.  If registration is full, a limited number of trees is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. It is the largest municipal giveaway in the country, and is generously supported by sponsors TD Bank and Toyota.

NYRP’s city-wide tree giveaway program is a part of MillionTreesNYC, the initiative to plant and care for one million new trees in New York City by 2015.

Greenthumb Workshop: Starting Seeds in a Greenhouse or Indoors

Saturday, April 18th, 11am - 1pm

Location: Maggie’s Magic Garden, 1574 Lexington Ave, New York

Cost: Free


Get gardening early by starting your seeds in a greenhouse or sunny window. We’ll walk you through the steps of sowing, go over what healthy seedlings need to grow into mature crops, and document the process by keeping good records.

Registered GreenThumb gardens and schools registered with Grow to Learn will receive seeds and seed starting kits.


Eco-Schools NYC Event: Sustainability Coordinator’s Gathering

Wednesday, April 22nd, 4-6pm

Location: Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, 145 W 84th St, New York

Cost: Free


Please join NYC Eco-Schools on Wednesday, April 22nd from 4pm to 6pm *for a SOLAR SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR GATHERING IN MANHATTAN* with Sustainability Coordinator, Michelle Andry and special guests, at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (145 West 84th Street, between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues, 1st floor). We'll tour the school's roof to see the 5,000 square foot solar panel installation, take a walk to the garden and rainwater harvesting station, and learn about plans for a living wall! Catered snacks will be provided. Take the 1, B, or C trains to West 86th Street or check www.hopstop.com for mass transit options.

RSVP to fanoe@nwf.org or 646-502-7096 by Monday, April 20, 2015. *Maximum of 50 attendees.*

Ecostation Event: Earth Week Celebration at the Bushwick Campus Farm!

Thursday, April 23rd, 1-5pm

Location: Bushwick Campus, 400 Irving Ave, Brooklyn

Cost: Free


EcoStation is hosting an Earth Week Celebration at Bushwick Campus Farm on Thursday April 23rd, from 1pm-5pm. Join us for: farm and greenhouse tours, composting and sustainable agriculture workshops, cooking demonstrations and tastings, and an art exhibit. We are also inviting folks  and groups to perform poetry, play music and/or dance, facilitate workshops/activities/info tables.

EcoStation is looking for people or organizations who would like to run activities at this event, please email gullauri.esny@gmail.com if interested! 

Grow to Learn Workshop: Raised Bed Building for Beginners

Saturday, April 25th, 10am-1pm

Location: PS 1, 309 47th St, Brooklyn

Cost: Free


Planning for a Spring build day, but new to building raised beds? Join Grow to Learn as we cover all the bed building basics: materials and sourcing, tool use and safety, and construction. We'll use the skills taught in the workshop to construct a raised bed on site!

Schools registered with Grow to Learn will be able to request soil, lumber, and compost. Requests for soil and compost will be filled based on neighborhood eligibility. Requests will be delivered in the Fall, on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP

Citizen’s Committee of New York City Workshop: Build a Rainwater Harvesting System

Saturday, April 25th, 11am-3pm

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Cost: Free


Join us for a free workshop to learn how to build a rain harvesting system - save money, reuse water, and help your garden grow!


Grow to Learn, BBG, and The Butterfly Project Workshop: Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators in School Gardens

Wednesday, April 29th, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cost: Free


Creating habitat for pollinators in your school garden is fun and has many benefits. In this workshop you will learn how to plan for pollinators, learn select and care for native plants, discuss educational applications of a pollinator garden, and spend time in Brooklyn Botanic Garden's native flora garden. We hope you can join us! This workshop is a partnership between Grow to Learn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Butterfly Project NYC.

Please RSVP

Grow to Learn, NYBG, and Bronx Green-Up: Weed Walk: A Plant ID Workshop

Thursday, April 30th, 4-5:30pm

Location: Drew Gardens, Tremont Avenue, 1/2 block east of West Farms/Boston Road

Cost: Free


A weed is just a plant out of place. If we know which weeds are in and around our garden, we may put some of them to productive use. Join us for a stroll around Drew Gardens to begin identifying those weeds. This workshop is a partnership between Grow to Learn NYC and Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden

Please RSVP