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Educators: Request a Spring Field Trip to Freshkills Park

Students conduct water monitoring during a wetland ecology field trip.

We are now scheduling field trips to Freshkills Park for April and May! These trips are designed to help middle and high school students connect to Freshkills Park through guided walks and interactive activities.

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2016 in Review

Photo: Dimitrios Papanikos.

This past year marked the fifteen-year anniversary of the Fresh Kills Landfill closure. In March of 2001, the final barge of household garbage arrived at the landfill. Later that year, the City of New York announced an international design competition for the development of a plan for Freshkills Park.

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New Poster Pamphlet Illustrates the Freshkills Park Project

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.

The Fresh Kills Landfill was the largest landfill in the world before it closed in 2001.

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This Holiday Season, Support the Park’s Momentum

Dear Friends:

This year’s $30 million funding for the Mayor’s Anchor Parks initiative is a wonderful recognition of the progress we’re making as Freshkills Park continues to take shape. The Anchor Parks project, now entering design, will focus on South Park.

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A Look Back at Fall 2016 Field Trips

Jessa Orluk helps students test their seed dispersal designs during a field trip at the park.

Written by Jessa Orluk, Freshkills Park Programming Associate. 

One Wednesday morning this past October, I led a group of ten students down a path next to Freshkills Park’s Main Creek.

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Finding Away: Waste Education at Freshkills Park

Written by Jessa Orluk, Freshkills Park Programming Associate.

One hot day this past October, a student told me, “Well, our waste has to go somewhere. It’s selfish, but we don’t want it here. It’s not our problem.”

He was one of 16 high school students on a field trip to Freshkills Park.

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New Freshkills Park Mobile Education Lab Makes its Debut

The Lab enjoys the panoramic views at Freshkills Park.

The exterior has been wrapped in vinyl. Microscopes and lab equipment have been safely stowed away. The disco ball has been installed.

This October, Freshkills Park’s Mobile Education Lab will host field trips for middle and high school students from across New York City for the first time ever.

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Learn with Freshkills Park’s Mobile Education Lab

This summer, NYC Parks staff have been working hard to re-imagine education programs at Freshkills Park. 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.

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Talking Trash with the Center for Urban Pedagogy

For the past year, students at the Frances Perkins Academy in Brooklyn took a deep dive into New York City’s trash. The partnership was part of the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Urban Investigations program. Students research pertinent issues in their community then, with the help of a Teaching Artist, learn how to share their information in a meaningful way.

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LA Ranger Troca Brings Nature to Urban Spaces

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, the organization has identified a major problem: a shocking lack of diversity.

Parks are finding it hard to attract young visitors and visitors of color. According to a recent National Park Service survey, Hispanic visitors make up 9% of total visitors, Black visitors 7%, Asian visitors 3% and Native American/American Indian visitors 1%.

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Zero Waste Schools in New York City

To reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030, New York City has identified  more than 100 pilot schools to serve as “Zero Waste Schools” in Brooklyn, Manhattan,  and Staten Island.

Zero Waste Schools Initiative (ZWSI) is a joint partnership of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE), alongside Grow NYC’s Recycling Champions Program (RCP).

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Students of Saint Adalbert School “Make Freshkills Park Their Park” For Final Project

  • “The park is beautiful now. I learned that people didn’t always like Freshkills because it was a dump for too long. Now, people are going to Freshkills Park to play sports and enjoy nature with family and friends.” - Saint Adalbert student
  • "Before, I wasn’t sure if Freshkills was safe to be in, but after reading about the different layers covering the garbage, it made me feel comfortable.
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A Visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park Environmental Education Center

  • The Center features interactive programming related to the park’s historic identity, sustainable construction and ecological implications .
  • The program Rove the Cove allowed students to learn about the East River by acting as scientists and determining the water’s salinity and dissolved oxygen.
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Waste Diversion in New York City

Arturo Romua leads an activity during a walking tour at Freshkills Park.

As Freshkills Park develops from the world’s largest landfill into a sustainable urban park, New York City is working towards sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030.

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Freshkills Park, Fifteen Years after Landfill Closure

 

Fifteen years ago this week, the final barge of household garbage arrived at Fresh Kills Landfill. To celebrate this milestone, the website’s new interactive landfill-to-park timeline illustrates almost 100 years of changes in the area.

The last barge to Fresh Kills marked the end of 53 years of landfill operations.

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Discovery Day Events in May + June Invite the Public to Explore Freshkills Park

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day events on May 15th and June 26th, 2016 from 11am to 4pm. During these free events, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for tours and recreation.

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Students Take a Stand against Plastic Bags after Visiting Freshkills Park

 

On February 9th, students at James Madison High School built a chain of plastic bags around the school building in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The project was meant to raise awareness about excessive use of the material and its harmful impact on the environment.

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Citizen Science: Water Monitoring Project for Students

 

This spring, 6th-12th grade students in Staten Island will have the chance to participate in a Citizen Science water monitoring project at Freshkills Park. The project will be overseen by Manager of Science and Research Development Cait Field and fellow NYC Department of Parks and Recreation staff.

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Freshkills Park Helps You Keep New Year’s Resolutions

It’s easy to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but many of us struggle with keeping them for more than a few months. Fortunately, Freshkills Park will be there to help you accomplish a wide variety of goals in 2016.

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Presentations and Walking Tours for Students

 

Freshkills Park staff provides free programs to schools across New York City that allow 3rd-12th grade students to expand their knowledge on the living evolution of Freshkills from a landfill to a park. These learning opportunities,  including ecological implications, community outreach, design and the arts, are not only available in a classroom setting, but in an outdoor environment as well.

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