Keith Michael

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Garden Adventures

Grades 2-12

Application

Themes

Insects; Birds, Trees, Native Plants, Habitat, Migration, Compost, Ecosystem Services

Grades

Grades 2-12

Location

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Pier 66 Chelsea

Length

90 minutes

Come explore Hudson River Park's Habitat Garden, a green space with a rich diversity of native trees and plants. In Garden Adventures, students investigate the ecosystem services that the Park's land-based plants provide to its many inhabitants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES (Grades 2-5)

  • Students will be able to distinguish common bird species found in the Park
  • Students will be able to correlate beak shapes to food selection
  • Students will identify local trees by looking at leaf shapes and differentiate between native and non-native plants
  • Students will explore how habitat is crucial during migration

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES (Grades 6-12)

  • Students will be able to distinguish common bird species found in the Park
  • Students will identify local trees by looking at leaf shapes and differentiate between native and non-native plants
  • Students will remove non-native and invasive plants from the Habitat Garden
  • Students will understand the benefits of compost in HRPK
  • Students will learn about a three bin compost system and process compost

what teachers say about the program

  • “[Garden Adventures] was a great program I would highly recommend—we loved the 3D hands-on tools and bird skulls and the learning games” -2nd Grade Teacher, Brooklyn
  • “The educators were friendly, knowledgeable, and effective at providing answers to questions the children raised during the interactive activities. The program provided an age-appropriate balance of factual as well as hands-on information. The children were engaged at all times.” -4th Grade Teacher, Bronx