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Map of our Trail System made possible with funding from the Staten Island Foundation



Greenbelt Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Become a member; support and donate. We thank you.

Our website is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the

Staten Island Foundation

Learn on a Class Trip – The Greenbelt is an official NYC Department of Education Vendor

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. We are always excited to meet new teachers and students, and to welcome back old friends who are already familiar with the Greenbelt and would like to learn more about our forests, meadows, streams and ponds.

Our Environmental Education programs compliment current classroom curricula and meet New York State standards. Please refer to our chart that matches programs to standards.  Our department holds an official New York City Department of Education Vendor ID – gre481845 – which will make registration easier for many educators.

The Greenbelt’s Environmental Education Department is a federally land-marked educational resource. From the magic of the insect world to the wonders of weather and Native American lore, children engage in a multitude of different hands-on, outdoor learning experiences about local habitats, wildlife, and natural history.

From our “First Forest Experience” program designed for very young students (ages 5 to 7) to our “Climate Change Interactive” program designed for middle and high school students, educators can choose which programs are best suited for their students. Programs take place in High Rock Park, at the Greenbelt Nature Center, and in various sites throughout the Greenbelt. In the case of inclement weather, many of our programs can be moved indoors.

Take a moment to review our topics of study, then call us at (718) 667-7475 or send an email to arrange an outdoor experience that will stimulate your students’ minds and senses.

School Programs are learner-centered, inquiry based and provide students with experiences in a natural outdoor environment. School Programs include indoor and outdoor investigative activities for students (Pre-K to High School) that supplement New York State Learning Standards and New York City Scope and Sequence skills and concepts. Topics include animal habitats, Native American studies, plant ecology, recycling, and climate change. Students will be able to explore the natural world, learn environmental concepts, and examine the role humans play in the environment.

  • General Environmental Education Programs are a great way to introduce your students to science in a natural setting.  They are approximately 90 minutes in length and are offered at High Rock Park, Monday through Thursday, and at the Greenbelt Nature Center, Tuesday through Friday.  Click here to learn more.
  • Interactive Exploration Programs provide more in-depth content through environmental education experiences for students in grades 5-12. Interactive Explorations are only offered at High Rock Park and are approximately 120 minutes in length. The programs are inquiry-based with hands on activities that require student participation. The program also includes a one hour forest and wetland hike.  Click here to learn more.
  • Winter Outreach Programs are conducted in the classroom yet offer a glimpse into winter. Programs are approximately 30 – 40 minutes long (or the length of a class period) and may involve student participation. The Winter Outreach programs may be conducted at the Greenbelt Nature Center or at High Rock Park. Groups will often venture outside for a short time depending on weather and students’ preparedness (proper clothing and foot wear).  Click here to learn more.

Fee Information

Fees for these and all Conservancy programs, events and rentals are subject to change.

75 minute program 120 minute program Winter Outreach Programs
Program Fee $6.00 per student (max class size 28) $9 per student (max Class size 28) $4.00 per student (max class size 28)
Deposit $75 due 3 weeks after registration $125 due 3 weeks after registering $40 due 3 weeks after registering
Balance Due Balance due 3 weeks prior to program * Balance due 3 weeks prior to program* Balance due 3 weeks prior to program*

* Time permitting

Thank you for telling me about all the things I didn’t know. The purpose of the trip was to see and talk about a very big rock that was pushed by a glacier. That is when we were hiking, which was my favorite part.     - Fifth grade student on her visit to High Rock Park

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