Field Trip to Freshkills Park

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Lead Guide: Cait Field

Date: Friday, June 29th

Timing and Logistics:

  • Take the 8:30am ferry departing from Whitehall Terminal
    • Conference organizers will be on the same ferry — look for bright blue Freshkills Park t-shirts
  • The ferry will arrive to St. George, Staten Island just before 9am
  • Guests will follow signs when exiting the ferry for Ramp E/Taxi Stand, which is to the right when entering the terminal space
  • Look for people in blue Freshkills Park t-shirts who will be boarding attendees onto buses to Freshkills Park
  • Attendees will need to sign waivers during the bus trip for access into Freshkills Park
  • We will return to the St. George ferry terminal for the 11:30am ferry back to Manhattan, and attendees should take the subway from there back to the main conference space at NYU-ITP


  • There is no shade at Freshkills Park, so dress for the heat and sun – hats & sunblock are recommended
  • Bring water and a snack
  • We will be walking to the top of one of the former landfill mounds — this involves walking up a 0.5 mile gravel path (1 mile total of walking)
  • Bug spray is recommended — please stay on the path and do not enter the grasslands as ticks are prevalent
  • We will not be stopping at a restroom during the field trip, so please use the restroom on the ferry before disembarking at St. George


  • We have selected some podcasts for your listening pleasure during the field trips transportation. Check them out and download ahead of time!

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