Living Classroom: Birds of the Rockaways


This class will focus on the basics of local birds and what makes shorebirds (and those native to the Rockaways!) so important to our ecosystem. Students will learn the basics of bird identification and behavior, as well as how to use binoculars, before they head outside to try their skills on the boardwalk, where they'll get the chance to see a variety of different birds and start their "life lists."

Classes take place at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Each class is 90 minutes in length.

Workshops address a variety of topics specifically designed for Pre-K-6 classes with lessons focused on marine science, climate change, migratory birds, plastic pollution, and more! Each workshop involves hands-on activities to actively engage learners!

All programs are free to Rockaway public schools. Pricing for public schools outside the Rockaways will be $10/student for a maximum of 25 students or flat rate of $250. Pricing for private school groups will be $15/student with a maximum of 25 students or a flat rate of $375. Home school groups can call for pricing!

To learn more about this program or to schedule a Living Classroom Workshop, please contact us at:

Offered At

RISE (Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity)

Established in 2005, RISE (Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity) leads initiatives created “by the community, for the community.” We see potential in people and places that are often overlooked or marginalized. From our first community-led planning effort, which led to the creation of a 28-acre waterfront park on a lot that had been an illegal dumping ground, to our recent work transforming a dilapidated firehouse in the heart of Far Rockaway into a hub for youth and community programming, RISE brings people of all ages together to learn to appreciate the natural and built environment of the Rockaway peninsula in southeast Queens.



Biology, Ecosystems, Sustainability


25 students


90 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, K

Price Options

$15.00 per Person for Private School

$10.00 per Person for Public School

$0.00 per Person for Local District School