Outreach Programs

Nature Kits

Club members prepare Nature Kits that are used by public school science teachers to give children hands-on exposure to the wonders of the natural world in the classroom.  Each kit has 30 specimens and a teaching manual.  200 kits are assembled annually and given to schools in the five boroughs of NYC.


The club’s scholarship program enables selected public school science teachers to attend summer workshops where they can engage in activity-oriented nature study and explore new ways to educate their students.


The City Gardens Club provides funds to community gardens, schools, botanical institutions and other non-profit groups throughout the city for projects that enhance New Yorkers’ knowledge and appreciation of nature and the environment.


The club presents forums on timely environmental issues and supports greening projects that offer significant benefits to underserved NYC neighborhoods.


The Melville Award is given each year to someone who has excelled in educating young people about the environment.  The Medal of Honor and The Frances Peters Award are presented on special occasions to individuals whose distinguished work has enhanced gardens, parks and open spaces in NYC.