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. See below for more information about our programs for school groups, families, and individuals.

Inspired Curiosity

 

School Groups

Field Trips

We offer field trips to students from Pre-K through High School.

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:

  • March 15th: 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.

If you would like to receive a reminder when registration opens, please fill out this form to sign up for our Teacher Email List.

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

In our Stewardship Lab, Middle and High School classes and afterschool clubs visit The Battery on a recurring basis 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.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the  Stewardship Lab interest form.

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.

 

Families

Farm Tours for Kids

Take a guided tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.

April through October; check our Events Calendar to select a date and sign up.

Family Farm Volunteer Days

Join other families and community members to help with planting, harvesting, and seasonal tasks on The Battery Urban Farm, and enjoy guided explorations of the plants and animals that make their homes here.

Select Saturday mornings between April and November.  View upcoming events and sign up on our Eventbrite Page

Playscape Activity Stations

Enjoy weekly drop-in science and art activities at our staffed carts throughout the Playscape.

May through October; check our Events Calendar for upcoming dates.

Playscape Performs

Playscape Performs is a celebration of the arts for the whole family, featuring song, dance, music, and puppetry. Join us this summer at our Showbox theatre.  Learn More

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.

 

Individuals

Tours

Join us for a tour of The Battery or The Battery Urban Farm to learn more about our work.

April through October; check our Events Calendar to select a date and sign up.

Workshops

Join us throughout the season for a workshop on gardening or farming practices, led by our experienced park staff.

April through November.  Visit our Events Calendar to explore upcoming offerings.

Volunteering

One of the best ways to learn more about our work is to join us!  Visit our Volunteer page to explore opportunities.

Other Programs

Visit our Park Programs page and Events Calendar to explore all of our upcoming offerings.

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