Living Classroom: Birds of the Rockaways


This class will focus on native shorebirds and their importance to the well-being of the ecosystem. Emphasis placed on native avian fauna of the Rockaways. 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 work on a collaborative project. Each workshop involves hands-on activities outdoors.

This class will take place at the Arverne East Welcome Center at 190 Beach 44th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691.

Each class is 75 minutes in length. Workshops address a variety of topics specifically designed for Pre-K-6 grade classes. Lessons revolve around socio-environmental "hot topics":
- marine/coastal science,
- climate change,
- migratory bird species & avian migration,
- plastic pollution/occurrence of marine debris,
- environmental justice,
- and more!

All programs are FREE to public schools in The Rockaways.

  • 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: (Fall 2023 programs) or (general inquiries).

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.



Math, Science, Ecosystems, Climate, Social Studies, Arts


25 students


75 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