High School Field Work and Ecosystem Studies (Multiple Options)


Geared toward high school level Regents and AP classes, this program aims to expose students to the concepts and methods of field analysis used by biologists and research ecologists. Labs include an in-class section that should be completed prior to your trip and the field study section in Van Cortlandt Park.

Once booked, VCPA staff will contact you to select the option below that best fits your class:

Freshwater Ecology: Includes water quality measurement, benthic macroinvertebrate identification, and pond health assessment. (Students do not enter the water.) Approx. 90 minutes.

Invasive Species Project: Includes causes and effects of invasive plants as well as how ecosystems respond, using a real site in the park as a field study. Features videos for in-school lab time and field work in Van Cortlandt Park. Approx. 120 minutes.

Pollution in our Waterways: Includes the concepts of point and nonpoint source pollution and microplastics. Students use real data on trash found in VCP to determine the prevalence and effects of different types of pollution on the wetlands of the park. Approx. 120 minutes

Offered At

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Spring 2024 availability now posted!
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (VCPA) preserves, supports, and promotes the recreational, ecological, and historical value of Van Cortlandt Park. VCPA provides educational, stewardship, and research opportunities as well as community programs to over 8,000 people per year.

A trip to VCPA adds over 1,146 acres to your classroom. Educators focus on hands-on exploration of nature using real world science skills to engage your students and bring your classroom learning to life. Field, forest, pond, and garden ecosystems are utilized to allow children from pre-K through high school a safe and fun experience in nature.

If you run an after-school or weekend program and want to work with us or have questions, please email sara@vancortlandt.org to discuss possibilities.

Please note:
Trip locations will be emailed to you upon program confirmation. (80 Van Cortlandt Park South is our mailing address!)
Programs take place rain or shine.
Payment is due at booking to reserve your trip slot and is non-refundable unless VCPA cancels the trip due to weather conditions or staff emergency.



Biology, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, The Water Cycle, The Scientific Method


30 students, Max 3 chap., Min 1 chap.


90 min.


Field Trip


9, 10, 11, 12

Price Options

$175.00 per Group for Private School

$150.00 per Group for Non School Group

$150.00 per Group for Public School

$125.00 per Group for Title I School