Governors Island closed July 4th
The island will be closed on July 4th and no National Park Service tours or programs will take place that day. NPS weekday ranger tours and programs will still be offered on Wednesday, July 3rd and Friday July 5th.
Phone number change
Hurricane Sandy destroyed the island's telephone connections to Manhattan. Our temporary information number for the park is now via cell phone at 646-241-2670. Other contact information can be found at www.nps.gov/gois/contacts. More »
Let our Traveling Trunks bring history to your classroom, for free!
Packed with lesson plans, primary source documents, recreation artifacts, movies, and more, our Traveling Trunks are a ready-made and easy way to make New York City and U.S. history tangible to students. Designed to align closely with New York City Public School curriculum, each trunk also includes a teacher's guide, with comprehensive instructions for each interactive lesson and activity. Created to facilitate a place-based learning experience, and show history through the lens of local events on Governors Island, lessons with the trunk are best concluded with a visit to Governors Island and the historic structures of the National Monument.
We offer two different Traveling Trunks: one geared to 4th grade students and the other to middle school students. Read below for specific information about each trunk.
The Traveling Trunks are available for periods of a maximum 2 weeks. There is no fee to borrow a trunk, besides return postage and any necessary repairs or replacements.
If you are interested in using the Traveling Trunk, or would like more information, please call our office at 212-825-3045, or email Park Ranger Kevin Credo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th Grade Traveling Trunk takes the class on a journey through history, as they unravel the mystery of why Governors Island and New York City are national treasures. This trunk includes contains materials for lessons on the following subjects:
The middle school Traveling Trunk contains materials for lessons on the following subjects:
Did You Know?
By the time General Davidson Garrison retired as commander of U.S. First Army on Governors Island in 1964, he had graduated from Stuyvesant High School, played football at West Point, was one of the winningest football coaches at the U.S. Military Academy, and served under the two most demanding generals in the U.S. Army, George S. Patton in World War II and Douglas MacArthur in Korea.