Bring Your Class to Gateway!
Grab a crab and learn about invasive species with "Marine Invaders" 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.
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 dependant program and works best on days when the tide is falling during the hours of 10 AM to 12 PM. Learn more >>
Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
Note: Due to construction along Flatbush Avenue, this program will be postponed for spring 2014. Please consider our other programs offered at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
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.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island at the Narrows (next to the Verrazano Bridge), is one of the oldest military sites in the nation. This site has controlled the entrance to New York Harbor since the Washington administration.