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PROGRAM REGISTRATION

 

 

The Battery Conservancy created the largest perennial gardens in North America free and open to the public everyday, demonstrating that public parkland can bring beauty through horticulture and agriculture to its seven million visitors. The Battery Conservancy presents unique educational experiences at The Battery’s 25 acres of parkland.

 

Agriculture: vegetable and forest farms; Horticulture/biodiversity: 135,000 sq ft of perennial gardens; Water ecology: NY Harbor shoreline.

 

Battery Urban Farm

The full sun vegetable farm opened in 2011. It was joined in 2015 with the shade-tolerant forest farms. Both make food production visible and accessible from “seed to eat”. Students learn about maintaining healthy soil, composting, and growing produce without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. They perform all work required to raise 100 crops including soil prep, seeding, transplanting, weeding, composting, and harvesting. Students experience how a healthy ecosystem provides food for people and a habitat for insects and other animals. Programs are aligned with the Core Curriculum State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

YOUTH EDUCATION

 

Field Trips at the Battery

 

Field Trips include Battery staff-led or Teacher self-guided.  Staff-led trips are one hour visits with hands-on experiences and mini-lessons on urban agriculture, water ecology, oysters, bees, and perennial gardens. For more information on staff-led field trips click here. Self-guided trips, are led by teachers, explore The Battery with lesson materials covering agriculture, urban ecosystems, or NYC history. For more information on self-guided field trips click here.

 

Spring Field Trips take place from April 1st through June 23rd. Once you request a slot, please allow 3 business days for the request to be processed.

 

Please note: if you do not see a time slot on the calendar, it is either already booked or unavailable.

 

Please sign up on our new registration software, Explorable Places.

 

April – October; K-12 (max. 32 students) NYC schools and summer camps.

Student Farmers

 

Lower Manhattan public school students participate weekly throughout the school year. They perform all work required to raise over 100 crops in the vegetable and forest farms, including planting, seeding, transplanting, weeding, composting, and harvesting. All activities are tied to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

September – June; grades 1-3.

School Plots

 

Teachers at public/private schools K-12 may adopt a plot at Battery Urban Farm for curriculum support. Teachers and students plan, grow, and care for their garden all year. Please fill out this school plot request form.

 

Year-round with special requirements for summer programming; NYC schools.

Summer Storytime

 

Young children and their caregiver spend an hour listening to a story followed by hands-on activities related to the story.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am; July August; children 3-8 years old.

ADULT EDUCATION

 

Teacher Training

 

Build a school garden and integrate farm education into your classroom curriculum!

 

The Teacher Training Program is a two-part intensive program to train NYC public school teachers to create or expand a sustainable school garden and integrate garden activities into their school curriculum. This comprehensive program covers everything from growing your garden committee and creating a garden layout, to identifying and managing weeds and pests, soil fertility and compost, and cooking in the classroom.

 

Interested in the 2017 Teacher Training Program?  Sign up for the interest list here to receive the most up-to-date information as we plan for the next class. 

Farm Education Apprenticeships

 

Apprentices lead classes and assist with planting, harvesting, composting, pest control, irrigation and farm maintenance. This educational program with a full curriculum is supported by a modest stipend. Alumni have found jobs at GrowNYC, Earth Matter, schools, and rural farms.

 

March-October; for adults with some farming and/or educational experience.

Community Gardener Plant Giveaway and Workshop Series

 

Plant Giveaway at The Battery: May 13th, 10:00am – 12:00pm

The Battery is home to 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. Hardy, bare-root perennials and grasses harvested directly from the gardens in The Battery will be available while supplies last for participants who sign up in advance. RSVP required; register here.

 

Workshop at The Battery: Perennial Plant Care: May 13th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Participants will learn how to care for perennials and grasses from The Battery Conservancy’s Chief Horticulturalist. The workshop will take place in the Piet Oudolf-designed Battery Bosque and Gardens of Remembrance. Topics will include plant division, cut back, soil replenishment, weed control, and other basic care. RSVP required; register here.

 

Open to: GreenThumb Gardens, Grow to Learn, and NYCHA Community Gardens