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Join us at the urban farm, oyster restoration station, beehives, perennial gardens or monument walk.

 

The Battery Conservancy’s educational experiences take advantage of The Battery’s rich history and biodiverse landscapes. These include a vegetable farm, a food forest of native plants, New York Harbor waterfront, toxin-free lawns, and the largest perennial gardens in North America that are free and open to the public every day of the year.

Programs are available for all ages. Education programs for K-12 students align with Core Curriculum State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Field Trips

Self-guided Field Trips give teachers the opportunity to explore The Battery with lesson materials covering agriculture, urban ecosystems, nutrition and history.  Trips are available every month of the year.

Staff-led Field Trips are one-hour visits led by Battery Conservancy educators featuring hands-on experiences and mini-lessons on urban agriculture, water ecology, oysters, bees and perennial gardens. Trips are available April through October for schools and summer camps. Maximum of 12 students this season, in response to COVID-19 guidelines.

Due to social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited some of our field trip offerings.  Please follow the link below to sign up for self-guided field trips or to join our waitlist in order to receive a reminder e-mail when our full programs return.

All field trips are provided free by The Battery Conservancy.

School Plots

Teachers from New York City public or private schools may adopt a plot at Battery Urban Farm to enrich their curriculum. Teachers and students plan, grow, and care for their garden throughout the year. The Battery Conservancy provides the plot, irrigation, and technical support.

For more information, please fill out the  or email education@hongps.com.

Student Farmers

Select public school classes can experience The Battery Urban Farm with regular visits throughout the school year. Student Farmers follow plants from seed to harvest and study the seasonal changes on the farm, exploring the living organisms and earth cycles that make food production possible.  September-June for grades 1-3.

If you are interested in bringing your class for regular visits as part of the Student Farmers program, or e-mail us at: education@hongps.com

Stewardship Lab

School classes and afterschool clubs visit The Battery in the afternoons for hands-on experiences in environmental management and park conservation, working with The Battery staff to maintain our public green space and grow food for donation to local food relief organizations.  Activities include the planting, maintenance, and harvest of our vegetable and forest farms, with opportunities to monitor the ecological health of our terrestrial and marine ecosystems.  Time commitments are flexible depending on group needs.  Available April through October; ideal for Middle and High School groups.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the  .

Activity Sheets

For families visiting The Battery with children, we invite you to print one of our scavenger hunt worksheets to guide your exploration of the plants and animals in the park.  Remember to print a map along with your worksheet, and please follow all social distancing guidelines while in the park.  We recommend bringing a clipboard and colorful drawing tools if you are able!  Find our family worksheets and more at our Visitor Guides page.

Adults

Tours for College and University Groups

The Battery Conservancy offers guided tours of the park and farm for academic classes and undergraduate organizations, on topics including urban agriculture, environmental education, and landscape design.  Please e-mail education@hongps.com to request a tour.

Community Gardener Workshops

Members of GreenThumb, Grow to Learn, and NYCHA Community Gardens participate in seasonal workshops, receive plants from The Battery, and train with The Battery’s experienced gardeners.

Teacher Training

The Battery Conservancy trains New York City public school teachers to create or expand a sustainable school garden and integrate garden activities into their school curriculum. This intensive and comprehensive program covers developing a garden support committee, creating a garden layout, identifying and managing weeds and pests, soil fertility and compost, and cooking in the classroom.

The program is 15+ hours, usually split into five sessions over four weeks. This schedule is subject to change.

Free to teachers at New York City public schools that are Grow to Learn mini-grant recipients.

Please contact education@hongps.com with any questions.

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    Come visit us and see the largest public perennial garden in the country and the only one with Lady Liberty in the background. Can’t get better than that! #TheBatteryNYC #TheBatteryEarthDay #earthmonth #perrenialgardens

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    Be a part of The Battery! Head to the Bowling Green Greenmarket every Tuesday and bring your compost. We will transform it into nutrients for our beautiful gardens! It’s a win-win! #TheBatteryNYC #TheBatteryEarthDay

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  • amNewYork, 4/23/18

  • Read about the ceremony on our blog

  • Reserve your spot on Eventbrite!

  • Warrie Price discusses The Battery’s transformation over the past two decades

  • Join us in The Battery to experience the magic for yourself.

  • The Battery welcomed summer with food, drinks, and dancing with Isa from Florence + The Machine, sponsored by St~Germain.

  • NY Classical Theatre presents free performances of Romeo & Juliet through July 15th.

  • Join us September 20th.  100% of funds raised at the Luncheon support The Battery’s perennial gardens.

  • Learn about our amazing trees on The Battery Blog

  • Join us for March cutback.

  • Join our skilled gardeners to learn about plant care and division, and leave with some plants to take home!

  • Join our expert gardeners to learn about the many native plants and wildflowers included in our perennial gardens, and enjoy $1 off happy hour wine at Table Green.

  • Join The Battery Conservancy’s Chief Horticulturalist on a tour through our vibrant perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf.

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays between April 23rd and May 22nd, from 8am – 9am

  • Join us to celebrate innovation, support the revitalization of The Battery, and honor Dell Technologies, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, and George Tsypin Opera Factory

  • Our Family Volunteer Day and our Gardening with Kids workshop will engage and inspire family members of all ages!

  • Tuesday, September 17th. A celebration of the Monarch Butterfly in culture and science.

  • Bring your sleeping bags, Dads, Moms and Kids. We provide family tents, a lightning bug show, campfire songs, and s’mores!
    Registration opens 2 weeks before each event.

  • Shorter days, drier air and colder temperatures are a recipe for plant disaster.

    We are here to help!

  • Use our mobile and printable resources to explore this month’s blooms, or bring your family on a seasonal scavenger hunt through the park!

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