Visitor Center at Newtown Creek: New York City’s Water Story


Join DEP educators at the Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant as they narrate the New York City water story and help students answer the questions, “Where does my water come from? What happens to my used water after it goes down the drain? How can I protect water?”

An education program at the Visitor Center (in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) generally includes a presentation, hands-on activity, and walking tour of the facility, as well as time to explore and learn more from Visitor Center interpretive exhibitions. 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 their visit (it is free!), 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 field trip experience 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, Engineering, Technology, The Water Cycle, Conservation, Sustainability


40 students


90 min.


Field Trip


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

Price Options

$0.00 per Tour Group for Free