Staten Island Unit Teacher Resources
The following NPS and outside resources are provided to assist educators in their classroom teaching and in more effectively using Gateway National Recreation Area and the National Park System as teaching tools.
Since 1974, the Environmental Education Advisory Council (EEAC) has promoted, supported and advocated for outstanding formal and informal environmental education in New York City and beyond. It serves as a networking and advisory group for all committed to EE to grow professionally and to share ideas and information. Through its membership, monthly meetings, website, newsletter, member programs and other resources, EEAC provides a wide range of services to the education community.
Established in 1968, the New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA) is the leading professional group supporting outdoor and environmental education in New York State. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary life-long learning in, for and about the outdoors. Its membership includes classroom teachers, informal educators, naturalists, academics and others.
The Science Council of New York City (SCONYC) is a coordinating group for ten science education organizations servicing teachers in K-12 public, parochial and private schools throughout the city. Their mission is to help teachers in their professional growth in science teaching. SCONYC holds an excellent day-long conference and exhibition for educators each year, scheduled in 2008 for April 12th at Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan.
The New York City Department of Education's Department of Science Educator Resources Page has a wealth of information, such as Core Curriculum, Science Scope and Sequence, NYC Performance Standards, and other valuable resources.
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. Educator resources include lesson plans, free materials and even an "EPA Kids Club" for K-4th grade students.
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is a diverse agency whose primary mission is to deliver water to and treat the effluent of more than 8 million city and upstate residents. It is also responsible for enforcing air, noise and hazardous materials laws and other environmental protection work. Teachers have access to valuable resources covering the city's water supply and wastewater treatment systems, water conservation and related topics. Additionally, fourth through sixth grade classes are invited to enter the 2009 Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary grade school-based science education program. GLOBE promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the earth's systems.
The new "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators" now available on the web, is an updated and expanded version of the popular, award-winning "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters" that came out in 2001. The kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums and science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school level. The National Park Service partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and six other federal agencies, to develop this kit. The kit will aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become "climate stewards".