Sandy Hook's False Tip Closed
The false tip area of Sandy Hook is closed due to safety concerns while the Army Corps of Engineers continues their dredging operations.
Plan A Field Trip
Both ranger-guided and self-guided field experiences for a variety of grades are available which explore Gateway's natural and historic resources, tied closely to classroom curriculum and learning standards. For further information, call 718-338-3338 ext. 274.
Marine Invaders: Grabbing Asian Shore Crabs the scientific way
Citizen scientists in grades 8 and high school sample shorelines at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island and various locations around Jamaica Bay for invasive crab species. Students use real scientific collecting methods to grab invasive Asian Shore crabs from under rocks. Important data gets collected and is shared with park managers and scientists researching the impact of invasive species on the natural environment. Linked to eighth and living environment curriculum. This program will be offered starting May 1st, contingent upon completion of Sandy recovery efforts.
Towering trees and bursting buds: a new program all about trees for Kindergarten through 2nd grade
Linked closely to the Kindergarten, first and second science scope and sequence, students learn about what native trees and bushes do in each season of the year. Students make predictions about what's up with their tree in each season and test out their predictions about seasonal change in the field. Later students can input their data at the National Phenology Network and contribute to important scientific knowledge about climate change. This program will be offered starting May 1st, contingent upon completion of Sandy recovery efforts.
Bird Migration and Climate Change in Jamaica Bay: a new bird discovery program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Teachers report that urban students in middle and high school begin to care about birds like they never have before after completing this program. Students create bird identification cards prior to their visit of birds commonly found during the season of their visit. At the Wildlife Refuge, students and chaperone's go on a bird safari for their birds, observing bird behavior and habitat. Back in the classroom students contribute to important scientific research by contributing to the Cornell University bird sighting web page. This program is closely linked to the scope and sequence in middle school and with the high school living environments course.
Habitats by Land and Sea: explore the shore and be part of a thirty year education tradition for grades 4-8
Discover what grows near the seashore, and how plants are especially adapted to thrive in the harsh conditions near the water's edge at Dead Horse Bay. This program was once part of the NYC BOE's Operation Explore program comparing habitat near the seashore and at forest and farms upstate. The program seashore portion of this longstanding program is now available to a wider New York audience, open to those participating in the traditional Operation Explore program and to groups wishing just to do the seashore portion of the program. This program will be offered starting May 1st, contingent upon completion of Sandy recovery efforts.Investigating Bird Adaptations and Behavior
Middle - High School
Students will be engaged in exciting activities about bird behavior. Onsite they will take their newly acquired skills into the outdoor laboratory to observe birds & collect data using an ethogram. The students will then analyze their data to make a hypothesis and support it with data they collected. Students will contribute to actual scientific inquiry by inputting the data into ebird.org upon their return to the class room.
Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
Exposure to the rich diversity of organisms and the complex relationships found at Dead Horse Bay will enable students to formulate questions, investigate environmental phenomena and take action to preserve and improve our environment by the use of scientific method.
Sentinels of Our Shores
In the early 19th Century New York harbor was once again on the verge of attack by sea. New technology improved both the building of forts and the use of cannons. This program uses imagination and scientific method to demonstrate how a young nation with limited resourced can "scare" away a military power. With the use of model cannons the students learn to make an educated decision rather than a wild guess; a lesson that transfers into life skills.
Did You Know?
The first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. Today, it is the site of Gateway NRA's Jacob Riis Park.