Nature Awareness


Using all of their senses to observe the park around them, students experience the forest, field, and wetlands of Van Cortlandt Park.

This program can be customized to fit any age or topic and can focus on the seasons, trees, animals, ecosystems, or simply getting your students outside and making observations.
Program length: 45-75 minutes, depending on age and ability.

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 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.



Science, Biology, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, Animals


30 students


75 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, K, Preschool

Price Options

$150.00 per Group for Private School

$125.00 per Group for Non School Group

$125.00 per Group for Public School

$100.00 per Group for Title I School