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Staten Island Unit Curriculum Materials

Pumping an air-powered cannon in the program "Sentinels of Our Shores"

Pumping an air-powered cannon in the education program "Sentinels of Our Shores."


Sentinels of Our Shores is a program for grades four and five, offered at the National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center. Students learn how forts and cannon protected New York Harbor from invasion by sea, testing air-powered cannon and using map skills.

Students explore a quadrat for Asian shore crabs.


Marine Invaders is a program for high school students to collect live data on the effect of Asian shore crabs on coastal habitats.

Did You Know?

World War I recruiting poster for the Coastal Artillery Corps.

All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...