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A note on topic selection

Any topic described above can be modified to suit your staff needs.

If there is a topic that you prefer, the Education Department can customize a program for you.

Fees vary. Please contact the Education Department to discuss your needs!
(718) 229-4000.

Teachers Workshop

All of the courses below are adaptable for teachers in grades K - 12

Mammals And Their Young

This course focuses on mammalian reproduction. Participants will examine this vertebrate animal group to explore developmental differences and similarities among the bearing and rearing of mammals and sub groups of mammals; marsupials and monotremes. Each group will be classified by their unique characteristics and basic life functions through inquiry-based methods. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Natural Adaptations With Seasonal Changes: Autumn To Winter

This course focuses on seasonal changes and the resulting adaptations of plants and animals. An introduction to the seasonal variations of the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem will be addressed through scientific inquiry. Participants will explore a forest ecosystem and how its associated organisms respond to the changes in the environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Discover Butterflies – Their Life Histories

In this workshop about butterflies, participants will discover ways to integrate the fascinating life history of the butterfly into their science curriculum. Learn how to set up a home for and care for Painted Lady Butterflies in the classroom. A complete package provides teachers with the necessary components for a “butterfly experience” for their students, which meets the NY State Life Science Standards and Assessments.


Discovering Pond Life
This course provides a hands-on close-up look at the natural community of a pond. Participants will be introduced to limnology (study of inland water) and the four habitats of a pond ecosystem. Participants will learn how to enhance pond study through the use of discovery scopes and hand lenses to observe, collect and identify pond specimens. We will discuss the interdependence and interactions of specimens that are collected.


Exploring Estuaries: Endangered Wetlands

Participants will explore the habitats of Alley Creek, Little Neck Bay and Long Island Sound to learn about the various plants and animals that inhabit these estuaries and discuss the concepts of salinity, temperature, nutrients and water flow.

Participants will also learn about the geologic history of local estuaries, their various habitats, and resident organisms. Teachers will practice hands on techniques, concepts and activities to convey the importance of these vital ecosystems. These science concepts meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Birds In New York City

This hands-on workshop focuses on beginning ornithology: the fascinating world of birds! Through scientific inquiry, find out about birds’ natural history, behavior, courtship, nest building, physical features, food finding and eating.

Participants will begin to learn to identify some common urban birds and the various natural communities (meadow, forest, marsh, and pond) that they inhabit. A demonstration of live birds will be given during the workshop. Participants will focus on how to introduce interesting bird concepts to their students and how to incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Reptiles And Amphibians. The Cold Blooded Ones. Which Is Which?

This course focuses on the life history of reptiles and amphibians. Participants will learn about the characteristics, behaviors and adaptations of reptiles and amphibians within the natural environment.

Participants will be introduced to native reptiles and amphibians, will learn how to use inquiry-based methods to identify and distinguish between them, and will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts into the classroom to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Biodiversity In Alley Pond Park With Focus On Insects

This course is a make-it-take-it live crickets workshop which introduces participants to the concept of biodiversity.

Participants will be introduced to the ecosystems in Alley Pond Park - forest, pond and meadow – which contain a diversity of flora and fauna. Each participant will make a terrarium containing a cricket, to demonstrate the components of an ecosystem. Teachers will be able to use the terrariums to help their students study the natural interactions and interdependencies of crickets and their environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Urban Forest Ecology: Trees

This course focuses on urban forest ecology in Alley Pond Park. Participants will learn about the biotic and abiotic relationships and interdependencies within the forest ecosystem, the animals that inhabit trees, how to identify local trees and the stratification of an eastern deciduous forest.

Participants will learn about the parts of trees, how to tell the age of trees, and the roles of trees in the forest environment. Each participant will receive and learn to use a dichotomous key to aid in identifying tulip, oak, sassafras, maple and dogwood trees.


Endangered Species

This course explores the reasons that plant and animal species become endangered, the consequences of population decline, and what can be done to halt the decline. An introduction to biodiversity and invasive species will be given through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Rain Drops To Drink – Nyc’s Water Supply System

This course focuses on NYC’s water supply system, its watershed and how it works. We will explore the system from raindrops, to mountains, to aqueducts, to pipes, to your faucet, through inquiry-based methods. We will also discuss the benefits of our water supply system and ways to conserve this precious resource – safe, fresh drinking water.

Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Global Warming And Sustainable Energy

This course focuses on global warming—its causes and how it relates to sustainable energy resources. The consequences of global warming will be explored through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will be introduced to renewable energy resources that are available now. They will share ways to incorporate the climate change concepts in the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


Trash In New York City - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse

This course focuses on solid waste—its sources and where it ends up. Participants will learn to identify household products that are recyclable and what resources are used to make them. They will also learn why the 4 R’s are necessary to help our environment through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will be introduced to NYC solid waste issues and remedies to solid waste problems. Participants will share ways to incorporate these issues into the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.