Youth Education at The Battery

Field Trips at The Battery

Please note: Staff Led field trips for the Fall 2016 season are now full.

Each teacher or group leader wishing to bring their class must fill out a separate application and each group is capped at 32 students. Please click here to register for Field Trips.

Once you receive your username and temporary password, you will be able to access the reservation calendar. Registration processing can take up to four business days. Thank you for your patience.

If you are an educator and have already created a username and password on Shiftboard and would like to make a reservation for a new class for the fall, please update the number of students in your class for the 2016/2017 school year.

 

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Staff-Led Field Trips at The Battery offers a comprehensive introduction to The Battery for student and summer camp groups of all ages. Experience urban agriculture and forest farming at The Battery Urban Farm; then learn about our urban ecosystem and the City’s history with our oyster beds, bees, perennial gardens, and monuments.

Visits are 60 minutes and include age-appropriate park tours, hands-on farm experience, a mini-lesson, and tastings whenever available. Farm activities are seasonal and dictated by the needs of this working farm.

Lessons include: the Hudson River Estuary through our oyster beds; City History through the park’s monuments; Pollination and Honey Production through our bee hives and perennial gardens.

Field Trips at The Battery are open for all schools and summer camp groups ages K – 12.

Fall visits are  available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, September through October.

For information about available Staff-Led Field Trip topics, please click here.

Still have questions? Click here for the full FAQ list!

Self-Guided Field Trips at The Battery offer a comprehensive introduction to The Battery for students and summer campers preK-12th grade. Lead your class on an exploration of urban agriculture and forest farming at The Battery Urban Farm; then learn about our urban ecosystem and the City’s history with our local pollinators and wildlife, perennial gardens, and monuments.

Battery Urban Farm Lesson materials are provided to groups once they are scheduled through Shiftboard. Lessons materials include pre and post field trip activities to be done at school for further curriculum integration. For information about available Self-Guided Field Trip topics, please click here.

Donation Information

The Battery Conservancy is able to provide Battery Urban Farm Education Programs thanks to support from individuals, organizations, and school communities. In order to continue these programs, we request a donation of $50 for each Farm Field Trip. Your support is greatly appreciated, and helps to ensure The Battery Conservancy’s ability to continue offering these programs. This donation amount is requested but not required, and we will not turn away any schools unable to make a donation.
Donations can be made online, via credit card, check, or cash, and/or in person on the date of the visit. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and non-refundable. You will receive a formal thank-you letter and gift acknowledgment letter that you may use for tax purposes.

School Plots Program

Teachers at public and private elementary, middle, and high schools may adopt a plot at Battery Urban Farm to support their curricula. Teachers and students dedicate a minimum of 2 hours per week to plan, grow, and care for their garden during the school year.  Battery Urban Farm provides space, irrigation, and some tools for the program.
If you are interested in this program, which will start in April, please have the teacher who will be participating fill out this school plot request form. Requests must be filled out by the teacher who will be bringing their class(es) and are due by February 15, 2016.

Student Farmers Program

The Student Farmers Program invites students to get their hands in the dirt and experience urban agriculture with The Battery Urban Farm staff. All lessons are Common Core Standards-aligned and include inquiry-based, seasonal, and age-appropriate activities. These activities range from seeding to harvesting, and everything in between depending on the farm’s needs.

Lessons will take place throughout The Battery, especially at the vegetable farm, the forest farm, the oyster beds, and the bee hives. Classes meet bi-weekly.

This program is open to New York City public school students in grades K – 3.