Freshkills Park Virtual Discovery Week @ Home

Whether you are near or far, Discover Freshkills Park and experience the unique landscape and spectacular views the landfill-to-park project has to offer, from home!

This year Freshkills Park has taken Discovery Day virtual and is excited to host activities and experiences created by the Freshkills Park team and community partners. Learn more about the history, wildlife, recreation, education, and art at the park through virtual experiences.

All activities and performances are completely free!

About Freshkills Park

After serving as NYC’s landfill for over fifty years, the Freshkills Park site is now one of the most important environmental habitats in the city. With capping and protective systems, the closed landfill has become a new engineered landscape. Wildlife are already responding to the environmental changes. Birds, fish and mammals are thriving in the creeks and grasslands. As the park is built in phases, free tours and events have provided early access for learning and exploration.  In person tours and events will resume when it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, join us for a virtual experience of the transformation!

Landfill-to-Park Monday

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years.   Join us on a walk up North Mound and learn about the Freshkills Landfill-to-Park transformation.  Take a special tour of the construction at North Park Phase 1.  See the progress on building the arc path, the connection to Schmul Park, and the foundations of the bird tower and the wetland observation deck and learn more about what the construction entails.  We are also hosting a tour of the landfill leachate treatment plant. Learn what leachate is and how it is collected and treated at the former Fresh Kills Landfill.  Transport yourself to Freshkills Park anytime, from anywhere, with our downloadable zoom backgrounds.

Arts & Culture Tuesday

Enjoy virtual projects inspired by the natural and engineered landscape.  Join artist and teacher James Powers for landscape drawing exercises on North Mound.  Download Ash Ferlito’s cyanotype Moth Poster, which features images from works inspired by the activity of ‘mothing.’ This ‘mothing’ was conducted in Freshkills Park on July 15, 2019.  Make your own Kinetic sculpture with MakerSpace NYC.  Attend a screening of Nancy Nowacek’s ‘Fieldwork;’ a piece created for and performed in Freshkills Park. Filmed in 360 video, the work offers viewers the ability to explore the park, as dancers perform choreographies of work related to the production of objects and goods that ultimately became part of the waste buried at the former Fresh Kills Landfill.

Wildlife & Research Wednesday

Freshkills Park brings the wildlife home this #WildLifeWednesday.  Get a glimpse of the thriving range of birds and animals found at the park.  Check out a recording taken at one of Freshkills Park’s Osprey nests, with chicks!   In the Summer of 2019, Freshkills Park researchers set up wildlife cameras to record animal activity on site, watch the Red Fox camera footage for a snapshot of some of the larger mammals that call Freshkills Park home.  Join a Facebook live birdwatching walk around East Mound with environmentalist and educator, Cliff Hagen. For more birds and nature, download and listen to the sounds of North Mound and East Mound every morning at sunrise and evening at sunset.

STEAM Education Thursday

The landfill-to-park transformation is an exciting platform for education. Each day, we witness how ecology, engineering, design, history and social sciences interact to solve 21st century challenges.  Take a STEAM Challenge with Freshkills Park! These challenges use only recycled and basic materials you have at home and will teach you more about the environment at Freshkills Park.  Download environmental puzzles, activity, and coloring sheet printables for off screen enjoyment.  Revisit old favorites with fresh perspectives by checking out our FreshFlicks movie queue.  Interested in learning more about Freshkills Park, register your group or organization for a virtual tour!

Fitness & Recreation Friday

Freshkills Park is comprised of many landscapes, which provide for numerous recreational opportunities.  Experience the natural and engineered landscapes and recreational offerings of Freshkills Park with immersive videos.  Join us for a kayak tour on Freshkills Creek. See the shoreline grasses and mounds of Freshkills Park and experience the water while someone else paddles!  Take a serene 3-mile bike ride around East Mound which is now a vital nesting habitat for the endangered Grasshopper Sparrow.  End the week with a run through the hills of South Mound.  South Mound was the first mound capped and offers views of all the major habitats at the Park.  These videos are a great chance to explore normally closed areas of Freshkills Park.  Enjoy them for leisure or when exercising indoors on a treadmill, spin bike or stair master.

Presented by NYC Parks, NYC Department of Sanitation, and the Freshkills Park Alliance. Follow @freshkillspark on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram and join the mailing list for updates.

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