Education + Lesson Plans

Freshkills Park offers classroom resources and field trips that center around three major topic areas: biodiversity and the environment, history and social studies, and art and design. The landfill-to-park transformation is a poignant backdrop for education. Each day, we witness how ecology, engineering, design, history and social sciences interact to solve 21st century challenges. This inspires us to create innovative, place-based learning experiences that meet state standards and foster critical thinking.

Field Trips

Field trips offer 6th-12th grade students the unique opportunity to experience the otherwise closed Freshkills Park site at a time when the land is no longer landfill, but not yet a park - a turning point that is ripe for education. ...MORE

Freshkills Park Poster Pamphlet

Freshkills Park teamed up with the design studio Partner & Partners to create What is Freshkills?, a fold-out poster pamphlet that illustrates the history, engineering, and ecology of the unique 2,200-acre park in an accessible and easily distributed format.

As an educational resource, the What is Freshkills?


Mobile Education Lab

The Mobile Education Lab is a workshop on wheels. Inside this renovated trailer is all the equipment necessary to investigate Freshkills Park’s many ecosystems: field guides, microscopes, water monitoring kits, historical maps, videos, plant pressing materials and much more. The lab can easily be moved around the Park’s 2,200 acres, providing easy access to equipment and workspace without having to leave the field.


Classroom Resources

Freshkills Park is a useful example of how topics students learn in school translate into real-life. Educators are welcome to use these resources when teaching students about the park in the classroom....MORE
To inquire about scheduling a field trip, email Remember, Freshkills Park remains closed to the public during this exciting transformation. Visit the calendar to learn about scheduled opportunities to explore the park.

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