Sarita Covington – Founder of Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

Sarita Covington is a social entrepreneur, the founder of Upper Manhattan Forest Kids, a multi-disciplinary artist, and a racial justice organizer from Harlem. She holds an MFA from Yale and co-founded ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity), an organizing body of artists and cultural workers committed to undoing racism within arts and culture work. 

In 2016, she launched Upper Manhattan Forest Kids, a business that leads outdoor classes based on the Danish Forest School model for children up to ten years old. She uses New York City’s public parks as a classroom to learn about the world and build relationships with our natural ecosystems. The work intends to expand the culture of urban forest schooling through class curricula and related products that inspire urban families, and support the next generation to be thoughtful stewards of the Earth, living in the right relationship with nature. 

Her work has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Open Meadows Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. Sarita has taught and facilitated within various communities, including the inmates at the Fishkill Correctional Facility and Yale University.

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