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.
Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
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.
Note: This program is currently on hold so that we can offer our ranger guided Habitats by Land and Sea program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
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 dependent program and works best on days when the tide is falling during the hours of 10 AM to 12 PM.
Towering Trees and Bursting Buds: Plant Phenology
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.