Here are some opportunities for teachers to supplement traditional classroom learning with other educational experiences.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum welcomes teachers and students to the only remaining grand country estate in Pelham Bay Park. Surrounded by woods and marshland, the mansion and carriage house depict family life in the 19th century. A Northeast Woodlands wigwam is the centerpiece of its popular Native American program, and the children’s garden allows students to learn about science, nature, nutrition and plants. Bartow-Pell educators use hands-on activities and inquiry-based discussions to bring the site to life.
The Bronx County Historical Society offers social studies programs that include walking tours, hands-on experience with primary source materials and more.
The Bronx River Alliance's Education Program helps schools and community organizations use the river as a classroom, engaging youth and adults in a variety of enjoyable and educational activities. The Alliance provides teachers with training, curriculum consulting, lesson plans, equipment and supplies to support students in becoming river doctors, scientists and more.
General admission to the zoo is free for NYC public school students. Tours on topics including predators/prey, reptiles and others are also available.
Rocking the Boat's On-Water Classroom exposes students to the joy of rowing and the ecological diversity of the Bronx River.
Immerse your class in nature as you explore Wave Hill’s glorious gardens and woodlands. An experienced educator leads your class in outdoor exploration and hands-on activities that help students at all levels make meaningful connections to the environment.
In the "Secret Library" of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company in Park Slope, students in all grades participate in storytelling, memoir and bookmaking workshops. Trips are free for Title I schools; other schools pay on a sliding scale. Due to the popularity of the program, schools should apply for the field trip lottery in August. Read about a 2nd-grade class trip to the Secret Library »
This 175,000-square-foot facility has two regulation NHL ice rinks, a 20,000-square-foot field house, a gymnastics center, a rock wall and two outdoor fields. Groups can participate in basketball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, ice skating, flag football, rock climbing, team-building activities, swimming and bubble soccer.
Registered school groups can visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for free. The Garden also offers 90-minute guided workshop programs for students in pre-K through 8th grade ($150 per class; a discount is available for Title I schools) to help students explore trees, plants and flowers.
The Conservancy offers a variety of programs for children in grades K-12, with topics including the ecology of Brooklyn Bridge Park, engineering, geological formations, sustainability and more.
The Brooklyn Children's Museum offers on-site school programs as well as "Museum on the Go" art, culture, math and science curriculum kits that can be used in your classrom. A limited number of free school programs for Title I schools are available.
BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard partners with the Brooklyn Historical Society to offer free education programs. Students visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard will learn to think like historians and engineers through hands-on investigation of Brooklyn’s material culture, art and written documents. Read about a 3rd-grade class trip to the Brooklyn Navy Yard »
Show your students the wonder of building robots with workshops on simple circuits, vibration, switches, LEDs and more.
This 7,000-square-foot learning center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, is home to over 200 living organisms, four learning labs, an outdoor learning space with a pond habitat and urban garden, and a greenhouse laboratory.
Classes, group tours and self-guided tours are available for all grades.
Led by a staff of skilled educators, school programs complement curricular exploration of the New York City history, the engineering sciences, the mathematics and art of subway and station design, and the urban landscape.
The Newtown Creek Alliance offers guided tours through the Newtown Creek watershed focusing on the history, industrial use and environment challenges in the area.
The Department of Environmental Protection offers free educational programs and materials for students that provide information about the city's water supply and wastewater treatment systems, water conservation, water and air quality and other environmental concerns. Tours of the wastewater treatment plant are offered. Read about a high school class trip to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant »
Guided tours on themes including animal adaptations, animal families, animal defenses, diets and habits are available. Self-guided tours and classes are also offered.
Docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this floating classroom helps students learn about geography, history, social studies and science aboard the last remaining covered wooden barge.
Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th-century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn — one of America’s first free black communities.
The Wyckoff House Museum preserves, interprets, and operates New York City’s oldest building and the surrounding one-and-a-half acres of park. Through innovative educational and farm-based programs it builds cultural and agricultural connections within our community, emphasizing immigration, family, food, and community through history.
The Museum of Natural History is a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 32 million objects in their permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers. Free general and special exhibit admission for NYC school groups; advanced tickets and reservations required. Read a New York Teacher story about an 8th-grade field trip to the Sackler Lab at the Museum of Natural History »
Building on the idea of the Museum as an extension of the classroom, Asia Society offers interactive guided tours for school groups in grades 3–12. In the galleries, teachers and students can learn about the works of art on view, discuss how art relates to their own experiences, and discover what’s new and compelling about art today.
Student farmers get the opportunity to learn about growing and eating food and an introduction to urban farming and sustainable vegetable production. Visits are 60 minutes and include age-appropriate park tours, hands-on farm experience, a mini-lesson and tastings whenever available. Self-guided field trips are also available. Teachers and schools can also adopt a plot; space, irrigation and tools are provided for students and teachers to dedicate a minimum of two hours per week to plan, grow and care for their garden.
The Center for Architecture offers hands-on workshops at its SoHo location and school-based residency programs for K-12 students.
Self-guided tours, guided tours and classes are available.
This 80,000-square-foot center offers a variety of sports activities, including soccer, rock climbing, gymnastics, basketball and more.
CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who provide multi-sensory layers in learning supporting creative problem-solving skills. Teaching artists lead inquiry-based dialogue in the Gallery and Studio encouraging students to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art.
The museum’s theme-based, 90-minute guided group visits for grades K-8 are led by a museum educator and include a tour of a thematic exhibition and a hands-on arts workshop. In-school residency programs are also available.
Tour guides provide curriculum-oriented sightseeing tours for STEM, social studies and history.
Cooper Hewitt offers two free design programs for K-12 students.
Give students an opportunity to visit a news studio control room to view a live taping of Democracy Now!, followed by a discussion about independent news and investigative journalism. Trips are free.
This SoHo center offers two free programs for K-12 students, comprised of on-site and in-school activities. The experience includes a guided tour and hands-on projects.
El Museo del Barrio offers guided tours of the museum as well as walking tours of the surrounding neighborhood, both of which allow students to participate in sketching, movement and writing activities.
On ranger-led programs, students in grades 3-12 can play the role of newly arrived immigrants. Self-guided activities for grades 2-12 are also available.
The Empire State Building offers lesson plans connecting to social studies, science and technology, history and geography, as well as a virtual tour.
Tours introduce students in 7th grade and up to the Federal Reserve System and the New York Fed’s role in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability and serving communities to advance economic growth.
In April through October, students will rotate through hands-on stations that typically include a farm tour, planting or farm work activity, cooking or harvesting and tasting activity, and possible fourth mini-lesson. Priority is given to Title I schools from the South Bronx, central and East Harlem and north and central Brooklyn. For all other schools, there is a $50 fee.
The Guggenheim offers guided tours facilitated by Sackler Educators, hands-on workshops, self-guided tours and a special program for students on the autism spectrum.
With its design, history, horticulture, and public art, the High Line offers unique and diverse teaching tools for schools and educators all year long. School field trips for 2nd through 8th grade (with topics including native ecology, rivers and railways and design) and self-guided visits are available.
The Intrepid offers social, studies, history and science programs for students in pre-K through 12th grade.
The landmark Merchant's House, preserved intact, offers an authentic glimpse into life in the mid-19th century. Students explore four floors of period rooms.
Guided tours and self-guided group admission are available. Guided tour topics include exploring art across cultures, stories and legends, faces and masks and art explorations of particular locations and time periods. Read about a 5th-grade class trip to the Met »
Access Opera engages students with the unforgettable experience of watching a performance live on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House and provides teachers with resources for drawing connections across literature, social studies, foreign language, and the arts.Read a New York Teacher article about a 5th-grade class trip to the Morgan »
Tour "Manhattan's oldest house" and learn about the Revolutionary War, life in the 18th and 19th centuries, slavery, archaeology and more.
The Museum of American Finance is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Title I schools receive free admission. Classes for middle and high school students are also available.
Each school program lasts 75 minutes, is led by a museum educator and includes directed discussions, exploration of exhibits and hands-on activities. Walking tours of Chinatown are also available.
School tours are content-rich, hands-on experiences that support the New York State social studies standards and align with the Common Core Standards. Students explore primary sources through inquiry-based discussion and activities facilitated by museum educators.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is New York’s home for Holocaust education. Tours focus on various topics including issues of cultural identity and heritage, the Jewish immigrant experience, Israel and more.
Learn to look closely at art and think critically about it. Interactive tours, art studios, multi-part programs and self-guided visits are available.
The National Archives offers free trips that explore rich primary sources.
Educational tours and in-gallery workshops at this museum in Harlem allow participants to engage deeply with jazz history and discover timeless lessons of creativity, vision and collaboration.
The imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is available for free 30-minute programs for grades 4 through 12. Cultural interpreters at the museum also lead free programs for grades K through 12 on a variety of topics, including Native games, stories and innovations. Read about an 8th-grade class trip to the National Museum of the American Indian »Read a New York Teacher article about a class trip to the Museum of Math »
The New York City Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics increases students’ interest and excitement about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through space and aviation science. Through hands-on activities that simulate real world experiences, students in grades K–12 apply math and science concepts learned in the classroom while working together to solve authentic problems. Students can take a simulated mission into space in the Challenger Learning Center or learn how airplanes fly in the NASA Aerospace Education Laboratory.
The museum, in conjunction with the New York City Fire Department, operates a world-class fire safety education program designed to teach participants how to prevent fires within the home and how to protect themselves and escape should a fire occur. The program consists of two components— classroom training and a simulated fire event in a mock home environment.
Bring your students on a trip to the oldest museum in New York! Whether they are visiting a special exhibition or our beautifully redesigned permanent collection galleries, students will be actively engaged with the stuff of history — the artifacts, works of art, and documents that provide a window onto our collective past.
Interactive shows and workshops entertain audiences with creative comedy arts.
Using programs from the collection of television and radio recordings as a means of illustration and investigation, Paley Center educators lead sessions on a wide range of subjects such as advertising, the documentary form, and the civil rights movement. Inquiry- based classes seek to build analytical thinking, viewing, and listening skills and attempt to provide insight into the roles television and radio play in our culture.Read a New York Teacher article about a 1st-grade trip to the Rubin »
South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today. Dockside programs combine indoor and outdoor hands-on activities to show how the science of the harbor affects how we live today.
Through interactive tours of the tenement building and Lower East Side neighborhood, students investigate universal themes of cultural identity, discrimination, and human rights.
In free guided visits, students will learn to think critically, look closely and consider how art can be a voice for expressing different ideas. To book a free tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At its historic "Castle" building at Fort Totten, Bayside History Society offers a variety of hands-on programs for students in grades K through 12 that teach what life was like in Queens more than a century ago.
Programs focus on life and work at King Manor in Jamaica, Queens, in the 19th century and the history of the King family in early America and the anti-slavery movement.Read a New York Teacher article about a middle school class trip to the Louis Armstrong House »
The Education Center at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City, Queens, offers programming focused on creative reuse: making art with readily available materials and the ever-changing MFTA warehouse inventory. The Center hosts field trips programs for students and P-Credit courses for teachers in two classroom studios, organizes exhibitions of artwork at MFTA Gallery, and sends teaching artists into schools to share reuse techniques.
Self-guided tours and workshop programs (limited to groups of 20 students or less) are available. Read a New York Teacher article about a high school class trip to MoMA PS 1 »
Exhibition tours, film and television screenings, and hands-on workshops help you teach the core curriculum with the support of a dynamic and interactive environment.
The Hall of Science offers school workshops and programs for all ages, as well as an on-the-go option. Students can learn about design, ecosystems, STEM and more. Read about a 3rd-grade class trip to the Hall of Science »
Museum educators introduce the life and vision of artist Isamu Noguchi, encouraging visitors to share their observations and interpretations.
This 47-acre farm, the oldest continuously farmed site in New York State, includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden. Read a New York Teacher article about a kindergarten field trip to the farm »
The Queens Historical Society offers walking tours of historic sites in Flushing, archaeology workshops, workshops about the Underground Railroad and more.
The Queens Museum provides pre-K–12 students with fun learning experiences that integrate in-depth observation and interpretation of art and historical exhibits, and hands-on art-making activities.
The Queens Zoo offers guided tours on themes including adaptations, habitats and diets, birds, mammals and domestic animals. Classes and self-guided tours are also available.
At the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City, students can tour the house and grounds, see a slide presentation on early New York history and participate in a colonial craft activity.
The Voelker Orth Museum occupies an 1890s immigrant family's house in Flushing, Queens and offers a variety of history, science and art programs. Read a New York Teacher article about a 1st-grade class trip to the Voelker Orth Museum »
Using history and culture as a foundation, the museum explores the roles and lives of men, women, and children throughout the centuries. School tours and workshops are available.
Snug Harbor on Staten Island offers four 90-minute outdoor tour varieties: New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Wetlands, Snug Harbor Pastoral Grounds and Gardens, and Snug Harbor Heritage Farm. Each tour may be paired with a class; topics include Chinese calligraphy, wetlands, the water cycle and more.
Guided by a museum educator, students will learn through hands-on experience. All Title I schools on Staten Island receive eight free class trips.
School and educator programs use the Staten Island Museum’s collection and exhibitions to create a forum for ideas, debate, and exchange. Programs at the Museum and in the classroom offer students and teachers an interdisciplinary and hands-on learning experience.
The Staten Island Zoo offers animal presentations with topics including animals and folklore, ecosystems, rainforest, safaris and more. Traveling zoo programs are also available.