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Ithaca Children’s Garden to Provide Full Scholarships for School’s Out Play Days with Support from Human Services Coalition

Ithaca, NY – March 28, 2024 –Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) is thrilled to announce the availability of full scholarships for its upcoming School’s Out Play Days on April 10, specifically for K-5th-grade students from both low-income and BIPOC families. This initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, demonstrating a shared commitment to making educational and engaging outdoor experiences accessible to all children.

Scholarship Details:

  • Event: School’s Out Play Days
  • Date: April 10
  • Location: Ithaca Children’s Garden
  • Eligibility: K-5th Grade students from both low-income and BIPOC families
  • To register or for more information: or online.

The scholarships aim to remove financial barriers, ensuring that every child has the chance to enjoy a day filled with nature play, outdoor learning, and exploration. For families not fitting the scholarship criteria but still in need of financial support, ICG is also offering discounted tuition rates, reinforcing its mission to welcome every child.

Supporting Future Growth

The partnership with the Human Services Coalition is a cornerstone of this effort, but the ongoing support from the community is invaluable. ICG invites those who can to contribute to ICG’s Scholarship Fund by April 30th. To make this initiative even more impactful, a generous anonymous donor has pledged to match contributions up to $20K, doubling the gifts between now and the deadline. This match aims to unlock the potential to extend ICG’s world-class educational programs to over 100 Tompkins County families in 2024. With this limited-time offer, every donation, no matter the size, will have twice the impact, highlighting the importance of community support at this critical time.

To contribute and help meet this need, please visit

For more information about Ithaca Children’s Garden and the Scholarship Fund, please visit or contact Erin Marteal at or 607-227-2982.

Ithaca Children’s Garden is an award-winning public children’s garden free and open to all, every day of the year, dawn to dusk. ICG’s mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, and does so through authentic, hands-on, child-led engagement with the natural world.