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Creating usable neighborhood gardens for city children and their families to play, learn, grow and
steward the local environment.

About Us


We exist to create outdoor learning gardens, rich with native species, where young city children can play and their families can grow food.  Our founder, a life-long resident of Elizabeth, was originally moved by the absence of nature play in the daily experience of today's city kids. This ongoing reality combined with a lack of growing space available to apartment dwellers are the compelling forces that drive our organization. Four residential lots have been purchased, preserved, and cleared to build a small Eco-center with gardens that can be used by city children and their families. 


We believe families are part of the local ecology with much to gain from beneficial land use and reconnection to the natural world as well as their neighbors. Combining nature play with food growing and environmental education is our winning triple play model.  Relevant educational resources

and the daily experience can make all the difference in a neighborhood, transforming lifestyles.  

We remember exploring nature in our own neighborhood, helping with the garden, and playing outdoors till the street lights came on. 


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                         EC FIG TREE
Kid's Playing Outdoor
Child Carrying Vegetables
happy little child, baby girl laughing and playing in the autumn on the nature walk outdoo
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