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.

Virtual Presentations

The Freshkills Park Education team is pleased to offer virtual presentations for groups who are not able to visit the landfill-to-park transformation in person. Our virtual presentations, conducted through Zoom teleconferencing, include a powerpoint presentation followed by a Q&A with a Freshkills staff member, and an interactive activity for younger visitors.


Classroom Resources

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

Field Trips

Waste Education
Field trips offer students the unique opportunity to visit sections of Freshkills Park that are currently closed to the public. Because it’s no longer a landfill but not yet a park, the land in these closed sections of Freshkills is at a turning point ripe for education. ...MORE

Mobile Education Lab

Mobile Lab
The Mobile Education Lab is a nature center on wheels. Inside are materials necessary for people of all ages to investigate the history, ecology and engineering of Freshkills Park....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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