New York City and the surrounding metro area has an abundance of environmental-themed placed that offer trip packages and education for students. Check out the options below and schedule a trip for your class!
Sign-up for a Greenmarket school tour of your local market for K-12 classes.Sign-up to take a trip to our Governors Island teaching garden.Get recommendations for Farm Trips.Find out how the NYC Compost Project is rebuilding NYC soil and giving food and yard scraps a new life. NYC H2O is offering Water Ecology and Engineering Field Trips. On sites include: Central Park, Ridgewood Reservoir, Silver Lake, Baisley Pond and Jerome Park Reservoir.
Bronx River Alliance Open to all age groups, fees may apply, please inquire with the Alliance. Students will see what it takes to collect samples from the river for monitoring, learn how to identify various species, and explore the importance of trees in this type of river ecosystem.
Rocking the BoatAll age groups are welcome at this Bronx River On-Water Classroom. Students will gain hands-on experience with water-quality monitoring, species identification, water safety, and rowing basics.
The Bronx ZooAvailable for all ages with fees depending on the size of group and package chosen. Children will learn about the adaptations that animals and plants make to their environment, the reasons behind animal’s feeding and sleeping patterns, and much more at this iconic zoo.
Wave Hill Students of all ages can enjoy themselves in this Bronx-based garden and woodland area. Children will experience workshops and activities aimed to increase the connection between nature and ourselves. Fees vary based on programs.
Brooklyn Botanic GardenFree self-guided tours are available for all age groups with pre-registration. Guided tours are available for a $150 fee and includes hands-on activities such as a potting tutorial. Enjoy the beauty of the garden as students learn about different plant species.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Fun for all ages, costs range from $100-$300. Guided tour of the park and its environmental features, including the park’s water conservation initiatives, on-site solar energy generation, ecological initiatives, and material reuse. Students will also get a glimpse of the historical value of Brooklyn Bridge.
Brooklyn Children’s MuseumGeared towards K-5 students with varying fees depending on group. Limited free programs for Title 1 Schools. Students will enter a space of sensory stimulation that aims to develop a sense of learning and community.
Environmental Study CenterFun for all ages with fees ranging from $50 to $300. As part of DOE, this interactive study center prides itself on keeping in-step with the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.
Newtown Creek Visitor CenterGood for students of all ages. Enjoy this free experience to learn about the life cycle of NYC’s water and see how our unique needs as a city are served by NYC’s waste water treatment systems.
Prospect Park AllianceStudents of all ages can enjoy the many features of this Brooklyn favorite: ponds, forests, and even tucked-away waterfalls will keep children enthralled. For K-5 students there are a few weekday programs with varying fees that will help better structure your visit.
SIMS Municipal Recycling FacilityThis free trip will include educational tours of the recycling facility which shows students of all ages the process of collection and sorting. This site also includes a great interactive educational area.
Waterfront MuseumGreat for all grade levels, this interactive museum on the Brooklyn waterfront leads tours for a $175 minimum fee. Children get to experience the history of the area by climbing on-board the floating classroom which specializes in the historical, technological, and scientific aspects of NYC’s watery past.
RIPA's Waterfront Stewardship ProgramThis program teaches children about coastal and estuarine ecology and enables children to experience nature through hands-on learning. During the field trip, students have the chance to explore one of the wetlands on Randall's Island and make observations using scientific tools. Students gain a greater respect for the environment and a greater understanding of what it means to be an environmental steward.