Bring Your Class to Gateway!
Note: Due to high demand for our free ranger guided programs, we can accommodate no more than two classes per school.
Be a pollinator protector and a soil sleuth at the Jamaica Bay Unit, host of several exciting nature-based programs.Combine history and science as you defend New York Harbor with air powered cannons in the program "Sentinels of Our Shores" at Fort Wadsworth. Nature based programs are also available in the Staten Island Unit.
Habitats by Land and Sea: Restoring Resiliency
What does a resilient habitat look like? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we all were tested. Now it is your chance to test the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to to investigate what makes an ecosystem resilient to flooding and effects from climate change.
Bird Migration and Climate Change
Is climate change affecting the bird population? Kids can view many species of birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, while learning really cool science facts from which they can then postulate scientific hypotheses.
Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
Explore the rich diversity of organisms and the complex relationships found at Dead Horse Bay and determine whether or not Dead Horse Bay is dead or alive.
Note: This program is currently on hold so that we can offer our ranger guided Habitats by Land and Sea program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Kids explore living and breathing science using techniques actual scientists use to make discoveries about the Asian crab. Previous groups of students have yelled and cheered during this program. Marine Invaders is a tide dependent program and works best on days when the tide is falling during the hours of 10 AM to 12 PM.
Towering Trees and Bursting Buds: Plant Phenology
Be a botanist for a day. Gaze up at towering trees. Touch a tree bark. Learn how plants grow from a seed. Take a nature hike to learn all about trees and the impact climate has on their growth.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...