The Parks Coalition is working to connect Jersey City residents to the natural world through environmental education and outdoor recreation. Join many of your neighbors and help beautify our City’s parks and communities. Find a program or upcoming volunteer event where you can offer your service. From planting flowers to growing natural areas, browse our list of upcoming events to find opportunities in your community where you can help out. Have an idea? Contact us!
Liberty State Park Education Program
Liberty State Park Interpretive Center is committed to providing professional development opportunities for teachers, educators, and other youth leaders. The following environmental education workshops are offered on a regular basis at the Interpretive Center. We also offer these workshops by request to schools, teacher colleges and other organizations as pre- or in-service programs. If you would like more information about professional development workshops, please call at (201) 915-3400 x203, or email at LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Project Learning Tree (PLT)
Grades: K- 12
PLT is an award-winning environmental education activity guide with over 100 lesson plans for preschool through 12th-grade students. PLT uses the forest as a “window on the world” to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment; to stimulate critical and creative thinking; to develop the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues, and to instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. PLT is designed to work in the rural, suburban, and urban area, whether there is a forest or just a single tree.
Project WILD & Aquatic WILD
Grades: K – 12
The goals of Project WILD & Aquatic WILD are to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment that will result in informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. These programs are based on the premise that students and teachers have a vital interest in learning about the earth as a home for people and wildlife. Wildlife is emphasized because of it’s intrinsic, ecological and other values. Project WILD can help prepare young people for decisions affecting humans, wildlife, and the environment. WILD and Aquatic WILD are considered separate programs and each requires a 6-hour workshop.
WILD School Sites
Grades: K – 12
In 1994 -95, NJ Project WILD began to expand its programs to include an “action piece” entitled WILD School Sites. WILD School Sites promotes the development of outdoor learning centers, built by students and teachers, to be incorporated into a variety of curricular areas. This is an opportunity for teachers and students to work with their community to improve wildlife habitat on their school grounds.
Grades: K – 12
The Project WET activity guide is packed full of lessons and activities that engage students in learning about water and the importance of water resources. The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids.
Wonders of Wetlands! (WOW!)
Grades: K – 12
The ultimate wetlands teaching guide! The first part of this guide is filled with background information on wetlands, including definitions, values, wildlife habitats, etc. It’s an essential and invaluable resource for an educator preparing to teach about wetlands. The rest of the guide is brimming with fantastic, classroom-tested wetland activities, incorporating Science, Social Studies, Arts, Political Science, and more…
Bridges to the Natural World
Grades: Pre K – 6
The New Jersey Audubon Society developed Bridges to the Natural World to assist teachers in leading students to a better understanding of their local natural environment. Activities are designed to facilitate the transition from the classroom or indoor teaching to an outdoor learning experience. The concepts and skills from each activity are cross-referenced to the grade level concepts and skills recommended in the Elementary Science Curriculum Guide, published by the NJ Department of Education.
Jersey City Green Initiatives
Adopt- A- Lot Program
Allows residents to transform unused city-owned lots into gardens by leasing out the site for a dollar. The program is a City Program looking for individuals like yourself to make a difference in your community by adopting a lot. Interested in participating in this program? Learn more!
Berry Lane Park
The Friends of Berry Lane Park meet on Saturdays from 9 am-11 am to water and prune the plants. They meet at the water park on Garfield Avenue. Tools and water are provided.
Jersey City Gardening Coalition
Jersey City Gardening Coalition is a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting recreational gardening and urban farming among the residents of Jersey City. They also provide educational, instructional, and technical assistance to other gardeners.