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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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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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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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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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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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From Behind the Mounds: Building the Freshkills Park Community

“I see green as far as I can see,” a third grader said as he stood on top of North Mound. One of the 495 students who visited Freshkills Park this fall, this child readily grasped the mission of the park: to turn what once was the world’s largest landfill into one of the largest green areas in New York City.

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From Behind the Mounds: Walking the Line

The Freshkills Park development team on a tour of the High Line

During a clear and comfortable late July morning, the staff of Freshkills Park was given a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations: The High Line. With Vice President of Park Operations Martin Nembhard and Director of Horticulture Tom Smarr as our guides, we were treated with a glimpse into their new office building as well as a detailed accounting of their landscape design and management strategies.

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From Behind the Mounds: A visit to the Harbor School

The Freshkills Park Team endeavors to keep up with innovative programming and research on NYC Waterways and recently took a ferry to Governor’s Island to visit the Harbor School, home of the Billion Oyster Project. The Harbor School provides a truly unique maritime program for high school students with a curriculum built around restoring one billion oysters to New York Harbor. 

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From Trash to Treasure: Freshkills Park as a Classroom Case Study

  • MAELS students hiking up the north mound of Freshkills Park during their April field trip
  • MAELS students on their April field trip of Freshkills Park
  • Reflection on Freshkills Park from a MAELS student
  • The MAELS “Trash to Treasure” Symposium
  • Landfill layers on a poster exhibited at the MAELS “Trash to Treasure” Symposium
  • A student poster exhibited at the MAELS “Trash to Treasure” Symposium
  • Reflection on Freshkills Park from a MAELS student
  • Reflection on Freshkills Park from a MAELS student
  • Reflection on Freshkills Park from a MAELS student

For the sixth grade students at Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School (MAELS), their visit to Freshkills Park was not an ordinary field trip.

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