Free education resources and grant for field trip

Dear Educators,

Thank you for participating in our 2016-2017 school year programs and professional development workshops. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Education Office is happy to continue to provide you with an array of education resources for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

Some highlights include:

Map of New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap

NYC DEP is pleased to offer you a beautiful new wall-sized map for your classrooms. This 36” x 40” map, New York Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap, highlights the flow of water from watersheds and reservoirs, through aqueducts to New York City.  Learn more and receive a teacher’s guide.


DEP’s Education Modules:

DEP’s education modules provide resource information to educators to help their students learn about the latest environmental issues. The modules below will give you background about the subject matter, lesson plans, activities and worksheets along with additional resources.

Green Infrastructure Education Module:

Introduce your students to the innovative world of science, technology, math and engineering that surrounds them in New York City. Learn about the many green infrastructure techniques designed and constructed to manage storm water runoff and what we can do to help as environmental stewards. For more information about DEP’s resources, please click here.

Cease the Grease:

Introduce your students to the world beneath their feet and the science, technology, math, and engineering of the New York City sewer system. Learn about the system that carries our waste and what we can do to help protect it. For more information about DEP’s resources, please click here.

The Watershed Agricultural Council’s Forestry Program, in partnership with (DEP) offers grants of up to $3,000 for watershed-and-forestry field trips to the New York City water supply watersheds, east and west of the Hudson River. Programs can be for single day or overnight trips.  Applications are now being accepted.  Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5pm. 

Learn more about Watershed Agricultural Council’s teacher resources.


Museum of the City of New York

What has made New York, New York?  Follow the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.  The New York at Its Core museum exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other.  Through almost 450 historic objects and images, from the Museum’s rich collections, as well as videos, photography and interactive digital experiences, MCNY welcomes you to dive deep into the city’s past and create your own visions for its future.

Learn more about education programs and field trips to the museum.

ReLeaf Conference

The 25th annual New York ReLeaf Conference, “Strengthening Connections: Diversity in our Urban Environment,” will be held July 13-15 at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens.  New York’s ReLeaf Conference offers a unique opportunity for attendees to share experiences, ideas and new information about the management and care of our urban forests.

Arborists, tree care workers, tree board members, community volunteers, educators, students, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all invited to attend to learn more about opportunities and partnerships within the tree community.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and to tour local community forestry projects, including green infrastructure sites.  For more information and to register for this conference, please visit


City of Water Day

City of Water Day has grown into the region’s biggest, yearly harbor festival.  This year it takes place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and the Waterfront Alliance will be expanding the Waterfront Activity Fair that day by including performances of the Rejuvenary River Circus by Arm of the Sea Theater.  A family-friendly performance will greatly educate the audience about the value of water and New York City’s water resources.  Learn more about City of Water Day and how you can attend.


Children’s Museum of Manhattan

This summer the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off!  With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.  An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore.  The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds.  Learn more about this fun, seasonal exhibition.

New York State Outdoor Education Association

Save the Date to join fellow teachers, educators, and outdoor professionals at the New York State Outdoor Education Association annual conference, October 26-29, 2017, at Green Chimney’s Clearpool Conference.  Attend workshops, enjoy speakers, live music, hikes in the woods, regional field trips and a portable saw mill demonstration in the Clearpool Model Forest.  Learn more about the Conference.


Educational Green Roofs Conference

On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm located at PS 41, 116 West 11thStreet, New York, NY  10011A free informational session on how to Create and Use Green Roofs on Schools as Outdoor Classrooms. For more information and to register click here.

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