Education

Join us at the urban farm, oyster restoration station, beehives, perennial gardens or monument walk.

 

The Battery Conservancy’s educational experiences take advantage of The Battery’s rich history and biodiverse landscapes. These include a vegetable farm, a food forest of native plants, New York Harbor waterfront, toxin-free lawns, and the largest perennial gardens in North America that are free and open to the public every day of the year.

Programs are available for all ages. Education programs for K-12 students align with Core Curriculum State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Youth

Field Trips

Self-guided Field Trips give teachers the opportunity to explore The Battery with lesson materials covering agriculture, urban ecosystems, nutrition and history.

Staff-led Field Trips are one-hour visits led by Battery Conservancy educators featuring hands-on experiences and mini-lessons on urban agriculture, water ecology, oysters, bees and perennial gardens. April through October for New York City schools and summer camps. Maximum 32 students.

Field Trip registration is open for fall!  Staff-led field trips fill up fast.  Please follow the link below to sign up through Explorable Places.  You can also join our waitlist to receive advance notice as to when we open future field trips, so you can book your preferred dates.

All field trips are provided free by The Battery Conservancy.

Field Trip / Wait List Registration

School Plots

Teachers from New York City public or private schools may adopt a plot at Battery Urban Farm to enrich their curriculum. Teachers and students plan, grow, and care for their garden throughout the year. The Battery Conservancy provides the plot, irrigation, and technical support.

For more information, please email education@thebattery.org.

School Plot Request Form

Student Farmers

Select public school classes can experience The Battery Urban Farm with regular visits throughout the school year. Student Farmers follow plants from seed to harvest and study the seasonal changes on the farm, exploring the living organisms and earth cycles that make food production possible.  September-June for grades 1-3.

If you are interested in bringing your class for regular visits as part of the Student Farmers program, please fill out this form or e-mail us at: education@thebattery.org

Adults

Community Gardener Workshops

Members of GreenThumb, Grow to Learn, and NYCHA Community Gardens participate in seasonal workshops, receive plants from The Battery, and train with The Battery’s experienced gardeners.

Teacher Training

The Battery Conservancy trains New York City public school teachers to create or expand a sustainable school garden and integrate garden activities into their school curriculum. This intensive and comprehensive program covers developing a garden support committee, creating a garden layout, identifying and managing weeds and pests, soil fertility and compost, and cooking in the classroom.

The program is 15+ hours, usually split into five sessions over four weeks. This schedule is subject to change.

Free to teachers at New York City public schools that are Grow to Learn mini-grant recipients.

Sign up on our interest list to receive information and an invitation to apply when registration opens.

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