Since its establishment in the spring of 2015, Sprout Up NYC has taught in over 20 classrooms, providing hands on environmental science education for over 1000 schoolchildren and meaningful teaching and leadership experience for approximately 150 undergraduate instructors. Perhaps more importantly, the public schools that we teach in serve high proportions of under-served students. It is our hope that our free programs provide much needed support for schools with limited budgetary resources for science and environmental stewardship programs. If you are interested in learning more about the schools we work in please see The Schools We Serve.
Sprout Up NYC addresses the issues of limited science education funding, low math and science test scores, and a limited understanding of and appreciation for the natural world among NYC’s youth. By sending energetic college students into first and second grade classrooms throughout the city, we attempt to motivate and inspire young children to become passionate caretakers of the earth. In so doing we hope to inspire a love of learning and of the natural world in our students, all at no cost to schools.
We currently have chapters at Columbia University and New York University and as of March 2018 we are in 7 public elementary schools throughout The Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. We are always looking to expand and spread our mission and hope to be in more public schools across all 5 boroughs, served by more university chapters this time next year. To learn more about the content of our lessons, please see our brochure, or reach out to us through our contact page for more information.