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Concrete Safaris is a model for social change in which children learn how to alter the physical world around them by navigating New York City's infrastructure, becoming confident, experienced, effective leaders at an early age, committed to their health and environment. 7-12-year-olds have met with NYC Housing Authority officials to secure land for gardens and then grown thousands of pounds of produce, testified in favor of bike lanes in their neighborhood and then created bike routes for neighbors to enjoy, designed an annual obstacle race and carnival for their community, and led workshops on health topics of their choosing.

City Surfers

Our outdoor, year-round classrooms foster each child's potential by giving them a place to dream and do within a safe and natural environment, which they help create.

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Green Exercise Days

Each child in this program has the opportunity to bring their traditional school class or camp group to our gardens for a full day of mentoring, environmental health education, and fun through our...

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Outdoor Play Toolkit

City Surfers have designed bike rides for you to enjoy around East Harlem.

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We get results.

NYC youth create places for their communities to play and learn outdoors.

Upper Manhattan children suffer from some of the highest rates of obesity and related diseases in NYC. At Concrete Safaris, children as young as age 7 learn to ask their community how they would like to address this serious epidemic by improving how the spaces around their homes and schools are used. They have transformed over a half-acre of NYC Housing Authority property into children's gardens, testified in support of neighborhood bike lanes, created bike maps for their neighbors to use and taught cycling lessons, and designed an annual obstacle course race and carnival for children and adults.

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Any plans for September 28, 2014?

We'll host JungleGym 2014, our 6th birthday party and 2nd annual obstacle race and festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Randall's Island. Proceeds will provide two hundred 7-17-year-olds from Upper Manhattan with 5-day/week, year-round, after school and summer programming in the next five years, beginning in East Harlem and adding a second major site near Inwood Hill Park. With your support, we can ensure that children living in Upper Manhattan have access to high-quality, outdoor play and education in their neighborhoods and parks. 

Go to our JungleGym site for more info.