• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

For Teachers

A park ranger explains the symbolism of the National Park Service Arrowhead to young visitors.
A park ranger explains the symbolism of the National Park Service Arrowhead to young visitors.
NPS photo
 

Education is a priority for Governors Island National Monument. We offer a variety of programs for school groups, both on the island and in the classroom, and are dedicated to sharing our fascinating history with young audiences. Explore the links on the left to learn how to plan a field trip, borrow our Traveling Trunk, or use an online game to prepare your students for an island visit.

Did You Know?

U.S. Army Air Corps Colonel Hap Arnold in the 1930s.

Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.