Virtual Education Program of the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek: New York City's Water Story


Learn about New York City's water story through a virtual education program of the Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility. DEP educators will guide students in learning about the following questions, “Where does my water come from? What happens to my used water after it goes down the drain? How can I protect water?” A virtual education program includes a presentation, Q & A, brief activity, and video footage of the wastewater treatment process. Students will learn about the NYC water cycle, including NYC’s drinking water supply and wastewater treatment process, stormwater management, harbor water quality, green infrastructure, and climate change. Throughout the program students will also explore how they can play a role in NYC’s water story, both at home and at school, through careers, water conservation, and community stewardship. DEP educators will tailor your virtual education program to the grade/age of students and classroom curriculum standards.

Offered At

NYC DEP Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Education hosts school groups year-round at the Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Education programs at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek are scheduled by request for pre-K through 12th grade, undergraduate and graduate-level students, as well as teachers and non-formal educators.

Learn about New York City’s water resources through exhibitions and hands-on education programs featuring information on NYC's water supply and wastewater treatment systems, stormwater management, green infrastructure, and harbor water quality.



Science, Earth's Systems, The Water Cycle, Conservation, Sustainability, My Community


30 students


60 min.


Virtual Field Trip


3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult, K-2, Postsecondary, Preschool

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