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Grades 9–12

Engage in an interactive role-play activity centered on environmental justice and civic engagement.

This program occurs in the Pier 57 Discovery Tank, a climate controlled indoor space. This field trip is available to book Tuesdays through Fridays from November through June.

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Program Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define and identify the ecological significance of an estuary.
  • Students will be able to identify basic elements of NYC’s waste water treatment process.
  • Students will be able to identify at least one environmental impact of climate change.
  • Students will be able to discuss solutions to a local environmental concern that support and protect all stakeholders.

Program Information:

  • Program length: 90 minutes
  • 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:

  • NYC Sewer System Demonstration
  • Environmental Justice Discussion
  • Student-driven Mock Community Board Meeting

What Teachers Say About the Program:

  • “The educators did a great job explaining everything at an appropriate level and being patient with my students.” – 11th Grade Teacher, the Bronx
  • “My students loved visiting pier 57. They were engaged from the start! The instructors brought the best out of my students! They had smiles on their faces as they left the lab!” – 12th Grade Teacher, New Jersey

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

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