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Resources for Educators > Field Trip Destinations
Below are field trip destinations around New York, most of which
offer educational programs for your students. If you have a field
trip destination to add to this list, please send an email to FieldTrips@nysmea.org.
Marine World (Riverhead, NY)
Atlantis Marine World blends science and nature with myth to create
an informative and entertaining environment for visitors of all
ages. They offer a rich variety of experiences, from fascinating
marine life exhibits to Aquatic Adventures and educational programs.
Atlantis Marine World is also home to the Riverhead Foundation for
Marine Research and Preservation, New York States only authorized
marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center.
Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Cold Spring Harbor,
We offer group programs year-round Monday through Friday during
regular operating hours (10am - 5pm). They are by reservation only.
We can tailor our programs to suit your needs. Some of our programs
are suitable for in-school presentation.
Point Museum and Preserve (Glen Cove, NY)
The Museum is a center for research on Long Island geology
and a valued resource in the study of the Island's Native American
archaeology. Reference collections of original archaeological artifacts
and geological phenomena are maintained. These are used in exhibits
and Museum educational programs and are available for special research
County Parks, Recreation and Museums
(Nassau County, NY)
Nassau County manages more than 70 parks, preserves, museums, historic
properties and athletic facilities comprising 6,000 acres throughout
the county. These range from the 930-acre Eisenhower Park in East
Meadow to the beautifully renovated 2-acre Centennial Park in Roosevelt
to the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove. Great for
Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences
Marine Sciences offers year-round group field trips onboard Stony Brook University’s floating classroom, R/V Peconic
, a 45 ft. pontoon vessel, reservation only please. A Marine Sciences educator will explain sampling for finfish and invertebrates, benthic organisms and sediments, planktonic organisms and the physical characteristics of sea water. Students participate in small groups in all tasks. Discussions cover biological processes in the water column and sediments, respiration, photosynthesis, decomposition, and marine food webs.
Nature Center (Smithtown, NY)
Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit corporation
which exists to provide natural science education services for Long
Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation
services. Through education and examples, Sweetbriar Nature Center
encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect
for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island.
Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (Oyster Bay, NY)
One of the largest providers of environmental education in the region,
the Center reaches approximately 100,000 children and adults each
year. The science-based educational programs are geared to promote
a better understanding of the natural world and how the quality
of life is affected by what happens in nature. An appreciation for
the importance of conservation and stewardship is instilled in each
program to ensure a healthy planet for all.
The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve
with trails, a pond, an old orchard succession site, and gardens.
The property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for
indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory
birds that use it as a resting place on their spring and fall travels.
The property includes 30 acres of woodland, two significant wetland
sites, and an old orchard succession site, which is used as a nesting
area for Eastern box turtles. The GNC offers numerous outreach and
on-site environmental education programs for children, adults, and
Nature Center (Rye, NY)
The Nature Center provides public environmental programs and service
and functions as a passive recreation area open to the public for
guests to enjoy. Programs are offered for the Rye City School District
and are designed to interpret the natural environment in a manner
that compliments class work. The City Naturalist works with teachers
to design programs to meet their specific needs.
New York City:
Pond Environmental Center
APEC is a private, non-profit corporation founded to encourage environmental
awareness, understanding, appreciation, and responsibility in the
urban person through education. Our Education Department offers
lessons at the Center in Alley Pond Park, our site, or your local
park/open space in ecology and life sciences for students from Pre-Kindergarten
through High school and beyond.
National Recreational Area (NYC and NJ)
Gateway provides abundant recreational and learning opportunities,
from swimming, boating and fishing to team sports, bicycling and nature
study. The living world can be explored in a wildlife refuge, holly
forest, ocean dunes and coastal uplands. The nations oldest
operating lighthouse, forts that defended America, and sites
that trace aviations early days tell significant stories.
- Jamaica Bay Education Resource Directory (New York City)
This directory offers resource to enhance classroom lessons, field explorations, independent research, professional development and community service activities.
New York Aquarium (Brooklyn, NY)
The New York Aquariums Education Department is dedicated to
teaching youngsters and adults about sea creatures and marine habitats
through engaging, interactive programs. Our offerings for adults,
families, children, and teens include guided tours, family workshops,
and opportunities to meet aquarium experts and get an insiders
look at our animals and exhibits. All programs require advance reservations.
Museum of Natural History (New York City)
The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners
of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home,
in school, and in the community. Teachers and students can take advantage
of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year.
Street Seaport Museum (New York City)
The South Street Seaport Museum's school programs use a variety of
learning methods to help students formulate a personal response to
history and science. Our programs are designed to meet New York City
and National Educational Standards.
- Albany Aqua Ducks and Trolleys (Albany, NY)
Albany Aqua Ducks offers affordable educational field trips that are developed by educators with an emphasis on curriculum appropriateness based on the group's age. Each field trip combines a marine component with science or social studies related themes. The land tour includes major educational and historical sights of New York's capital city --the governor's mansion, the New York state Capital, Albany City Hall, the New York State Museum and more. The Hudson River tour includes sights of the USS Slater, the former Delaware and Hudson Railroad headquarters (now home to SUNY Central). Can't leave the classroom? Not to worry. Henry Hudson re-enactors are available to come to your school. For more info, click above or call 518-462-DUCK (3825).
Hudson Valley, NY:
- Hudson River Maritime Museum (Kingston, NY)
Models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings tell the tales of a by-gone era when the Hudson teemed with commercial activity and vessels. One exhibit, Destination Catskill Mountains, is a multimedia profile of a family's journey from the docks of New York city to the resorts of the Catskills via boat and railroad. An outdoor exhibit area features the 1898 steam tug Mathilda, as well as a 100-year-old shad boat, a lifeboat from the steamboat Mary Powell, and other relics of river life. A school program for all grade levels includes a guided Museum Tour plus a trip to the Rondout Light house. Click above or call 845-338-0071.
Conservation Society (throughout NYC)
Whether you are seeking to enrich your class field trip to the Zoo
or Aquarium or a lesson in your own classroom, the Education Division
of the Wildlife Conservation Society offers a wide range of opportunities
to enhance science curricula for grades K12. Our time-tested,
teacher-endorsed programs include Distance Learning Expeditions, Wildlife
Theater shows, and workshops for teachers and students that are aligned
with the National Science Education Standards.
New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York's
178 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural
environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience
exciting new adventures. Beaches, boat launches, hiking trails, campsites,
and golf courses all await you!
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