Teach about Freshkills Park in your classroom! The landfill-to-park project is an interdisciplinary, engaging case study for all ages. Teachers have effectively used Freshkills Park to teach about community structures, politics, ecology, environmental studies, architecture, and more.
General Information About Freshkills Park
- Freshkills Poster Pamphlet: This pamphlet provides background information on Freshkills’ history and ecology. Appropriate for middle school students and up. There are also accompanying example discussion questions.
- The Landfill to Park Timeline: This multimedia timeline uses photographs, maps, and videos to tell the story of Freshkills’ evolution from a wetland, to a landfill, to a public park.
- Landfill Engineering: Learn how to cover a landfill and monitor the surrounding soil and water for public health and safety.
- Virtual Tour: See Freshkills Park through these 360 degree panoramas.
- Interactive Map: Our interactive map includes information, photos, and video related to the history of the site, its landfill-to-park transformation, park design, recreation opportunities, scientific research, artistic projects, and the site’s ecology.
- Freshkills Park Videos: Featuring compilations of behind-the-scenes footage of wildlife, landfill capping, and community events occurring at Freshkills Park, these videos provide a snapshot of what Freshkills Park is and what it will be as it continues to develop. There are also example discussion questions for middle and high school students as well as for elementary students.
- Freshkills Park Draft Master Plan: This document is the conceptual guide to transform Freshkills into a world-class park, published in 2006. Appropriate for advanced high school students and higher education. There are also accompanying example discussion questions.
- The Freshkills Story: From World’s Largest Garbage Dump to a World-Class Park: This one-hour documentary tells the story of Freshkills’ history.
- “Make Freshkills Park Your Park” Video: This short video introduces viewers to the park project and has accompanying example discussion questions.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- DSNY Freshkills Oral History Archive: Hear the stories of sanitation workers who were involved with the Fresh Kills Landfill and Freshkills Park.
- Sustainability Lessons from TerraCycle and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability and Education: These units, available for K-12, support students in understanding systems thinking and sustainability.
- Waste Deep: This middle and high school curricula from GrowNYC guides students to understand the impacts of waste, then create their own solutions.
- Zero Waste Schools: This resource from GrowNYC supports NYC public schools in building recycling programs and reducing waste.
- Living City: Where Does Our Trash Go? This video from the New York Times covers the past and future of waste disposal in New York City.