NOTICE: Due to impending construction and conservation projects, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Trails are closed to school groups this Fall. All education programs held at the Jamaica Bay Unit are now based out of Floyd Bennett Field.
The Wildlife Refuge visitor center will remain open to the public.
Bring Your Class to Gateway!
Be a pollinator protector and a soil sleuth 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.
Note: Due to high demand for our free ranger guided programs, we can accommodate no more than two classes per school. Each program except for Sentinels of our Shores is also available as a self-guided teacher led program. Call or email for more information.
For more information about field trips in the Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens Units of Gateway, contact Geri Kobryn-Blatter at 718-338-3338 ext. 274 or email us.
Sandy Hook Unit has many educational opportunities in both natural and cultural history. Guided school programs are conducted for a fee by the following partner organizations, NJ Seagrant and the American Littoral Society. They can be reached at: NJseagrant.org 732-872-1300 and Littoralsociety.org 732-291-0055
Habitats by Land and Sea: Restoring Resiliency
What does a resilient habitat look like? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we all were tested. Now it is your chance to test the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to to investigate what makes an ecosystem resilient to flooding and effects from climate change.
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.