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Come explore Hudson River Park’s Habitat Garden, a green reserve 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 with 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 composting
  • 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 recommendwe 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