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.

Educators can choose from one of two themed field trips:

Wetland Ecology

  • This trip provides an introduction to how creek-side ecosystems have transformed alongside the landfill to park project.
  • A guided nature walk introduces students to the plant and animal life that depend on healthy wetlands, and how researchers are remediating these ecosystems.
  • Students analyze samples of water from Main Creek to test for five different parameters: pH, phosphate, nitrate/nitrite, dissolved oxygen, and temperature.
  • Their results are recorded and entered into Freshkills Park’s water monitoring database.

Freshkills 101

  • This trip provides an interactive overview of Freshkills Park.
  • Students begin with a guided nature walk to the top of Freshkills’ North Park. From there, students  split into groups to complete an activity that will explore different aspects of Freshkills Park, with special focus on history, public health, and park planning.
  • This field trip involves the park’s mobile education lab.

Field trips are available for grades 6-12. Trips will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in April and May. To preserve the interactive nature of our activities, groups are limited to 30 students. Transportation must be provided, and that transportation must stay on-site for the duration of the trip. For more information and a link to the request form, please see our Field Trips page.

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