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


    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

Field Trips

Bring Your Class to Gateway!

Teachers and students can explore most park sites by participating in a variety of ranger-guided programs and self-guided field trips.

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.

Sandy Hook Unit has many educational opportunities in both natural and cultural history offered by partner organizations.

For more information, or to schedule a trip, contact Geri Kobryn-Blatter at 718-338-3338 ext. 274 or e-mail us.

NOTE: Each program except for Sentinels of our Shores is also available as a self-guided teacher-led program. Call or e-mail for more information!

Sentinels of our Shores!
Sentinels of our Shores
Location: Fort Wadsworth, S. I

How did a young United States defend its greatest port, New York City? Sentinels of Our Shores takes upper elementary students back to the year 1846, when war clouds gathered over the US, Canada and Mexico.

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Marine Invaders!

Marine Invaders
Location: Fort Wadsworth, S. I. and Jamaica Bay, NY

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?

Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

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
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens NY

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.

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Habitats by Land and Sea: Explore the Shore
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

The diverse habitats of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge support a variety of plants and animals that have developed adaptations for survival

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Bird Migration and Climate Change
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

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.

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Bird Behavior!

Investigating Bird Adaptations and Behavior

Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: Queens, NY

Why do birds do what they do? Students will be engaged in exciting activities about bird behavior in the outdoor laboratory at Jamaica Bay observing birds & collecting data using an ethogram.

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Did You Know?

Fort Wadsworth

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.