ASLA-NY and the Trust for Public Land Debut a New Student Stewardship Program

The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) have announced a unique partnership where volunteers work directly with elementary and high school students to develop career discovery in landscape architecture and participate in garden stewardship projects at their schoolyard.

Since 1996, the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program has designed and/or built 189 school and community playgrounds across the five boroughs. Through an interactive, participatory design process, TPL works directly with students in the site analysis, planning, and design of their schoolyard with an end result that transforms mainly asphalt schoolyards into vibrant, green community playgrounds (see video).

Many of the schoolyards built have tree beds and gardens that benefit from ongoing stewardship. This program pairs landscape architects with school groups to provide guidance on programming, plant installation, and maintenance while engaging students in garden stewardship.

The first project in the program is the re-establishment of a rain garden at J.H.S. 218 in Brooklyn scheduled for June 27, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. ASLA volunteers will be working with TPL staff and a group of 35 student stewards to plant, weed, and mulch a rain garden and extended tree pit.

The J.H.S. 218 Community Playground was designed by students, staff, parents, and community members through the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program. This playground was the second to be opened in our partnership with the DEP, DOE, and School Construction Authority, and includes trees, a turf field, rain garden, pervious pavers, and other green infrastructure elements that will capture up to an inch of rainwater in storm events.
If interested in sponsoring or participating in this program, please contact Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA, at, or Tiffany Briery at

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