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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. RSVP here.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am; 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. More information here.

 

July 11–July 27, 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

 

Applications are due by June 19th at 4pm. Apply here.

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

Members of GreenThumb, Grow to Learn, and NYCHA Community Gardens can participate in seasonal workshops and plant giveaways and learn from The Battery’s garden staff.

 

The October 28th Workshop will focus on Bulbs – Design and Planting – participants will learn about different types of bulbs, how to properly plant them, and how to design a beautiful spring display full of flowers.

 

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

Battery Garden Internships 

Interns learn basic botany, soil science, horticulture techniques in landscape gardening, plant propagation, weed ID, and turf and nursery management. The internship is led by The Battery’s professional horticulturalists and gardeners.

 

March-October; for post-graduate students of horticulture and landscape design.