Education

Join us at the urban farm, oyster restoration station, beehives, perennial gardens or monument walk.

 

The Battery Conservancy’s educational experiences take advantage of The Battery’s rich history and biodiverse landscapes. These include a vegetable farm, a food forest of native plants, New York Harbor waterfront, toxin-free lawns, and the largest perennial gardens in North America that are free and open to the public every day of the year.

Programs are available for all ages. Education programs for K-12 students align with Core Curriculum State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Youth

Field Trips

Self-guided Field Trips give teachers the opportunity to explore The Battery with lesson materials covering agriculture, urban ecosystems, nutrition and history.  Trips are available every month of the year.

Staff-led Field Trips are 75-minute visits led by Battery Conservancy educators featuring hands-on experiences and mini-lessons on urban agriculture and ecology. Trips are available April through October for schools and summer camps.

Please follow the link below to review our various trip options and sign up for staff-led and self-guided trips.  If you do not see a time that works for you, please check back at a later date or reach out to us by e-mail, as we often have new slots open up throughout the season.

Registration for field trips opens on the following dates:

  • February 1st: Registration for trips in April, May, and June
  • June 1st: Registration for trips in July and August
  • August 1st: Registration for trips in September and October
  • October 1st: Registration for trips in November, December, January, February, and March.

All field trips are provided free by The Battery Conservancy.

Field Trip Registration

Student Farmers

Select public school classes can experience The Battery Urban Farm with regular visits throughout the school year. Student Farmers follow plants from seed to harvest and study the seasonal changes on the farm, exploring the living organisms and earth cycles that make food production possible.  September-June for grades 1-3.

If you are interested in bringing your class for regular visits as part of the Student Farmers program, please fill out this form or e-mail us at: [email protected]

Stewardship Lab

School classes and afterschool clubs visit The Battery in the afternoons for hands-on experiences in environmental management and park conservation, working with The Battery staff to maintain our public green space and grow food for donation to local food relief organizations.  Activities include the planting, maintenance, and harvest of our vegetable and forest farms, with opportunities to monitor the ecological health of our terrestrial and marine ecosystems.  Time commitments are flexible depending on group needs.  Available April through October; ideal for Middle and High School groups.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the  Stewardship Lab interest form.

Activity Sheets

For families visiting The Battery with children, we invite you to print one of our scavenger hunt worksheets to guide your exploration of the plants and animals in the park.  Remember to print a map along with your worksheet, and please follow all social distancing guidelines while in the park.  We recommend bringing a clipboard and colorful drawing tools if you are able!  Find our family worksheets and more at our Visitor Guides page.

Adults

Tours for College and University Groups

The Battery Conservancy offers guided tours of the park and farm for academic classes and undergraduate organizations, on topics including urban agriculture, environmental education, and landscape design.  Please e-mail [email protected] to request a tour.

Community Gardener Workshops

Members of GreenThumb, Grow to Learn, and NYCHA Community Gardens participate in seasonal workshops, receive plants from The Battery, and train with The Battery’s experienced gardeners.

Teacher Training

The Battery Conservancy trains New York City public school teachers to create or expand a sustainable school garden and integrate garden activities into their school curriculum. This intensive and comprehensive program covers developing a garden support committee, creating a garden layout, identifying and managing weeds and pests, soil fertility and compost, and cooking in the classroom.

The program is 15+ hours, usually split into five sessions over four weeks. This schedule is subject to change.

Free to teachers at New York City public schools that are Grow to Learn mini-grant recipients.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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