Investigate with a Ranger

For the 2018-19 school year, in support of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will only be booking 4th grade classes on ranger-led education programs. For teacher-led programs, please find more information here.

Bring your class to Gateway NRA to investigate with a ranger! Please complete our Jamaica Bay Field Trip Request Form to book your field trip today. Questions? E-mail

Field Trips to Gateway NRA

Teachers and students can explore the park by participating in a variety of ranger-guided programs and self-guided field trips.

The 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: New Jersey Seagrant Consortium and the American Littoral Society.

Students recording information about birds
Students observe and study birds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Science on the Fly! is an inquiry-based trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that explores the dynamics of ecosystems. During their trip, students investigate how plants and animals interact with each other and discover how scientists use crowd-sourced data to better understand and develop solutions to environmental issues.

Clean Shore Corps explores real world causes and harmful effects of plastic marine debris and how it enters New York waterways. Using apps and modern data collection techniques, students collect and classify the kinds of plastics found on streets and shores of Jamaica Bay. Please note that this program requires transportation between two points within the park.

Birds, Brains, and Binoculars takes students on an exploration of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the vital east coast corridor for migratory birds. Students collect important data that will be used by scientists in monitoring and improving the ecosystem for migrating birds.

Last updated: March 15, 2019

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