• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

Ecology Village Camping-Teacher Training Course

Ecology Village Camping Program

A public school group enjoying themselves around a campfire, roasting marshmallows.

NPS PHOTO

Fall 2014 Camping Course: September 26-28, 2014

Located at Gateway National Recreation Area's Floyd Bennett Field, Ecology Village offers students in grades 4-8 the only curriculum-based overnight camping program in the New York City area. During the camping trip, students explore nature, prepare meals outdoors, practice teamwork and participate in hands-on environmental stewardship. This inquiry-based program was recently revised to reflect NYC DOE learning standards and Scope and Sequence in science.

This 30 hour free training course is required before bringing classes to camp at Ecology Village. Taught by National Park Service rangers, the course provides the programmatic and logistical information needed to ensure that students have enriching, educational, and safe camping experiences that meet learning objectives.

Educators completing the course will have priority to schedule a date for a spring 2015 camping trip.

Topics include:
Pre-trip, site visit, and follow-up activities in ecology, environmental science, and resource stewardship, camping skills, logistics, safety, and team building techniques.

To register call 718-354-4530 ext.238 or e-mail
Pre-trip, site visit and follow-up activities in ecology, environmental science, and resource stewardship,

camping skills, logistics, safety, and team-building techniques.

Did You Know?

Cyclists on Floyd Bennett Field.

Before they built the first airplane, the Wright Brothers were bicycle manufacturers. Today, the historic runways of Gateway's Floyd Bennett Field are used by cyclists throughout the year. More...