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Climate & Our Coast

Grades 6–12

In this program, students investigate the impacts of climate change on our atmosphere and shorelines. Sea level rise is one of the ongoing effects of climate change that has major implications for New York City’s 520 miles of shoreline. This program will introduce students to the delicate balance of the carbon cycle  and challenge them to engineer solutions to our rising tides. This program occurs in the Pier 57 Discovery Tank, a climate controlled indoor space.

This field trip is available to book Tuesdays through Thursdays in November and December.

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Program Objectives:

  • Students will define weather and climate
  • Students will explore global and local impacts of climate change
  • Students will understand the difference between climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Students will be able to discuss the carbon cycle, how it impacts our ecosystem and methods of reducing their own carbon footprints

Program Information:

  • Student capacity: 30 students per program
  • Cost: $200 (waivers available upon demonstration of need)
  • Teacher chaperones: One chaperone is required for every 10 students (1:10 ratio) at minimum

Program Activities:

  • Introduction to Climate Change and Discussion
  • Hands-on Shoreline Modeling Activity

For details on program availability and location in the Park, please consult the calendar at the booking link above or contact