Living Classroom: The Shoreline Environment


This class will focus on the ecosystems that surround coastal communities. Students will learn about the animals and plants that can be found in and around the oceans and bays in coastal areas like the Rockaways, including oysters, dune plants, fish, and sharks. After a brief discussion inside, students will get the opportunity to explore those wildlife communities. Activity dependent on tide, weather, and season.

Each class is 90 minutes in length.
Classes are conducted during the regular school day at the RISE Center, at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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

All programs will be free for 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.



Science, 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