The Battery Urban Farm 40.7037° N -74.015° W

Description

The Battery Urban Farm, a project of The Battery Conservancy, is an educational farm where, since 2011, New York City’s students, residents, and visitors have learned about their role as environmental stewards, along with sustainable farming techniques and the joys of tasting new foods. In 2015 we opened our Forest Farm, an enchanted forest of primarily native plants with a focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Our programming has shifted this season in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. This winter, we are offering materials and support for groups interested in taking self-guided tours of the park. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see available Field Trips. If you're having trouble finding them, refresh the page and try again.

Please note that registration will not open for spring field trips until late February. If you do not see a time slot that works for you, please reach out through e-mail, or join our waitlist to be alerted when registration opens each season. We will do our best to accommodate you!

Please note that all participants in programs at The Battery will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing during their visit to the park.


Lunch Notes

The Battery lawns may be closed during the winter to help the grass rejuvenate. There are covered bench areas inside Castle Clinton that can be used for eating lunch.

Bathroom Notes

There are public restrooms in three locations throughout The Battery, which can be viewed on this map in relationship to farm entrance.

Info

State Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10004

212-344-3491 x118

education@thebattery.org

Sun
Closed
Mon
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat
Closed
Subjects
Science, Biology, Earth's Systems, Agriculture, Sustainability, Design Thinking, City Planning, My Community, History, Native Americans, Ecosystems, Botany, Nutrition, Life Sciences, The Water Cycle, Adaptation, Animals, Conservation, Social Studies, Climate, Weather And Climate, Water Testing, Art, Colonial Times, Immigration
Activities
Field Trip, Family Programs, Internship
Grades
3 5, 6 8, 9 12, K 2, Preschool, Postsecondary
Cost
Free
Accommodations
Bilingual Programs, Esl, Outdoor Lunch Space, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Guided Farm Tour for Elementary, Middle, and High School Groups

Come for a guided tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn more about how we grow fresh produce in the heart of downtown New York City. Students will explore the plants, creatures, and cycles that make up our local ecology, and will have a chance to taste fresh produce! Please note that group size is limited due to COVID-19 guidelines, and we ask that all visitors wear masks while on site.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, earth's systems, agriculture, sustainability

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12, k-2
Capacity
12 stu., 1 chap. per 3 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Green Space Study

What role does green space play in the urban environment? Explore The Battery and observe how people and other living things are using this green space. Learn about the benefits of green spaces to people, the environment, and our ability to protect ourselves against natural disaster. Design a new green space for your own community, and learn how to get involved in local green space. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a Self-Guided trip, you will be exploring the farm and park without the support of our staff. All lesson plan materials and worksheets will be sent to you in advance to bring with you.

Subjects Covered

conservation, social studies, sustainability, city planning, my community

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 2 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Food Miles

Food isn’t grown in a grocery store, so how does it get there? Use provided materials to track the trip your breakfast made to your dining table. How does this compare to the local foods you see growing at Battery Urban Farm? Use this trip as a jumping off point to better understand the food systems at work in NYC. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a Self-Guided trip, you will be exploring the farm and park without the support of our staff. All lesson plan materials and worksheets will be sent to you in advance to bring with you.

Subjects Covered

agriculture, climate, sustainability, my community

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
40 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Spring at The Battery

Explore Battery Urban Farm and The Battery Perennial Gardens looking for signs of the season. Your exploration will be guided by a scavenger hunt with detailed images of different signs of the season throughout The Battery. Find spring bulbs emerging from the soil, observe animals coming out of hibernation, watch bees pollinate flowers, and identify baby plants by their leaf shape. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a Self-Guided trip, you will be exploring the farm and park without the support of our staff. All lesson plan materials, maps, and worksheets will be sent to you in advance to bring with you.

Subjects Covered

science, weather and climate, animals, agriculture

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
40 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Winter at The Battery

Explore Battery Urban Farm and The Battery Perennial Gardens looking for signs of the season. Your exploration will be guided by a scavenger hunt with detailed images of different signs of the season throughout The Battery. Find evidence of winter animal activity, explore decomposition on the vegetable farm, identify trees by their bark, and consider the effect of cold weather on the plants and animals in the park.
PLEASE NOTE: As this is a Self-Guided trip, you will be exploring the farm and park without the support of our staff. All lesson plan materials, maps, and worksheets will be sent to you in advance to bring with you.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, weather and climate, my community

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
40 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Fall at The Battery

Explore Battery Urban Farm and The Battery Perennial Gardens looking for signs of the season. Your exploration will be guided by a scavenger hunt with detailed images of different signs of the season throughout The Battery. Watch the trees change color, explore the full bounty of the vegetable farm, identify forest farm perennials at the end of their season and observe animals preparing for winter.
PLEASE NOTE: As this is a Self-Guided trip, you will be exploring the farm and park without the support of our staff. All lesson plan materials, maps, and worksheets will be sent to you in advance to bring with you.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, animals, agriculture, botany

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 2 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Summer at The Battery

Explore Battery Urban Farm and The Battery Perennial Gardens looking for signs of the season. Your exploration will be guided by a scavenger hunt with detailed images of different signs of the season throughout The Battery. Watch bees pollinating summer fruits, explore the lush green forest farm, identify colorful flowers, and learn how to tell trees apart by their leaf shapes. Map and scavenger hunt provided specific to the season.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, animals, agriculture, climate

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: A Walk Through History

Tour your students through the chronological history of this area of Manhattan (and even into the future!) by visiting some of the park’s landmarks and completing worksheet activities at each location. This trip engages with all areas of the park and addresses topics including the Lenape, European Exploration and Colonization, Dutch Settlement, Immigration, Climate Change, and Park Advocacy.

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, immigration, native americans, social studies

Grades
3-5, 6-8
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 2 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Guided Farm Tour for College and University Groups

Conservancy staff will lead the group on a tour of the vegetable farm, forest farm, and park as a whole. We will work directly with you to determine the focus and agenda for the tour. To schedule this tour, please email education@thebattery.org

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, agriculture, sustainability, city planning

Grades
postsecondary
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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