The City Gardens Club Nature Kit is a hands-on teaching tool for the classroom.
Throughout the year club members collect various natural specimens indigenous to New York City – among them spring and fall leaves, weeds, ferns, bark, seed pods, beach stones, Manhattan mica schist, sea shells, feathers and burdock burrs – preserve them as needed and deliver them to The City Gardens Club office for assembly and inclusion in the Nature Kits. Since its inception in 1952, the kit has grown to include some 30 specimens.
Every year 150 kits are given without charge to public school teachers in the five boroughs of New York. Each 12” x 10” x 6” kit contains specimens, reference materials and a teaching manual. The manual presents content and ideas designed to help teachers meet national, state and city science standards.
Kits are assembled in the fall and are available as long as the supply lasts. To request kits, please write to: Nature Kit Committee, City Gardens Club, 755 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
“This kit is amazing. Thank you so much!”
— Second grade teacher, PS 127Q, Queens
“All samples included were extremely
helpful. Thank you for labeling. All items
were perfect for two units of studies.”
— Teacher K through 2, PS 228, East Elmhurst
“I can’t thank you enough for giving so
generously of your time and talents to bring
nature into our classes. Thank you.”
— Science teacher, 3 to 5 grades, PS 164, Brooklyn