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 New York City’s students, residents, and visitors have learned about their role as environmental stewards of our urban ecology. In 2015 we opened our Forest Farm, an enchanted forest of primarily native plants with a focus on edible and medicinal plants.

Staff-led field trips at The Battery are 75 minutes long and cover a range of topics you can choose from below. For self-guided field trips, lesson plans and materials are provided for teachers to print. Staff-led field trips are available between April and October of each year, and self-guided field trips are available all year. In order to provide opportunities to our full range of interested schools and organizations, we limit each organization to two staff-led field trips per season. We also have opportunities for environmental clubs and after-school programs to work with our staff in the afternoons on a more regular basis through our Stewardship Lab program. If you would like to pursue this option, please fill out the Stewardship Lab interest form.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see all field trip options and select "Book Now" to choose an available time slot. If you're having trouble finding the trip options, refresh the page and try again.

Please note that registration for field trips opens on the following dates:

  • February 1st: Registration for trips in April, May, and June
  • June 1st: Registration for trips in July and August
  • August 1st: Registration for trips in September and October
  • October 1st: Registration for trips in November, December, January, February, and March.

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!


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

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Subjects
Science, Biology, Life Sciences, Agriculture, My Community, Ecosystems, Weather And Climate, Earth's Systems, Nutrition, Social Studies, Sustainability, Animals, Botany, Climate, Adaptation, History, Colonial Times, Immigration, Native Americans, Conservation, Design Thinking, City Planning, The Water Cycle, Water Testing, Art
Activities
Field Trip, Family Programs, Internship
Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, K, Preschool
Cost
Free
Accommodations
Bilingual Programs, Esl, Outdoor Lunch Space, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Urban Farm Adventure

Learn about urban farming firsthand! Students will work with our staff to tend to the crops on the farm, explore the creatures that make farming in the city possible, and taste the produce we're growing. This field trip is adaptable to all ages -- please let us know if there is a particular topic you are especially interested in studying during your visit.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, life sciences, agriculture, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k, preschool
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Introduction to Urban Agriculture

This trip includes a little bit of everything! Students will tend to the crops on the farm, explore the creatures that make farming in the city possible, and taste the produce we're growing. We'll connect our exploration of the park and farm to larger conversations about public space, food systems, and urban ecology.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, agriculture, my community

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, postsecondary
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Salad to Share

Celebrate the growing season with us while learning about plant biology, nutrition, and teamwork. Students will harvest and prepare produce from the garden to create a salad for the class to share. Students will learn about the major plant structures and how fresh fruits and vegetables support human health. This trip is adaptable to all ages -- please let us know if there is a particular element of the conversation that you would like us to focus on. If you are planning to come twice in a season, this trip pairs well as a follow-up to Urban Farm Adventure.

Subjects Covered

nutrition, life sciences, agriculture, sustainability, my community

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k, postsecondary
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Brilliant Birds

The Battery attracts a variety of birds to our gardens and waterways. Come take a closer look at these animals and learn about the adaptations that help them survive! Students will engage with a model to relate bird characteristics to feeding behaviors, and will test predictions about bird behavior based on beak observations.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, life sciences, animals, adaptation

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Whole and Processed Foods

Students will explore the changes that food undergoes when processed in different ways, and will discuss their hopes and challenges in regard to health and nutrition. Students will engage directly with fresh produce by harvesting and preparing a salad for the class to share.

Subjects Covered

science, nutrition, agriculture, sustainability

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Decomposition and Soil Science

Students will learn about decomposition and its critical role in the food cycle. Our staff will guide students in exploring compost and determining the structure of our farm soil, assisting with farm tasks, and harvesting produce for tasting.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, animals, agriculture, conservation

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 3 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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The Job of a Seed

Learn about the parts of a seed to better understand how plants grow. Students will explore the plant lifecycle through hands-on work in the garden and close observation while dissecting bean seeds.

Subjects Covered

science, nutrition, agriculture, botany

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Forest Farm Tour - Native Plants & Medicinal Herbs

Students will learn about the history of Manahatta and the Lenape people who first settled here, before the arrival of European colonists. We'll explore the various historical and present-day uses of perennial plants in this area, practice wild plant identification, and taste native and medicinal plants.

Subjects Covered

history, native americans, ecosystems, agriculture, botany

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Plant Doctors

Students will discuss how plants can be hurt by diseases and pests, explore how plants chemically defend themselves against threats, and practice diagnosing plants, all through hands-on activities on the farm.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, earth's systems, agriculture, adaptation, botany

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Food Systems and Climate Change

How does food get to your dinner plate? Students will investigate the inputs, outputs, and impacts of our global food system. We'll contrast the production and travel costs of cacao with those of produce from our own farm, and students will assist with growing produce for donation to hunger relief organizations.

Subjects Covered

nutrition, agriculture, climate, sustainability, my community

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Invertebrate Investigators

Get your hands dirty learning all about the tiny creatures that help us do our work on the farm. Students will survey the organisms we find in our compost and our garden beds, classify them with field guides, and learn how they help our plants grow.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, animals, agriculture, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Eating the Rainbow

You are what you eat! Eating colorful crops helps us each lead a colorful life. Students will learn about how different crops support their health and nutrition, and will work as a class to cook up a tasty snack using fresh farm produce.

Subjects Covered

science, nutrition, agriculture, art

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

field trip

Duration
75 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
33 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
33 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
33 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
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, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 2 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Self-Guided: Plant Parts We Eat

Explore Battery Urban Farm looking for everything from the roots that go on your salad to seeds you enjoy at snack time. Identify these different plant parts that you eat and use your observations to inspire your own menu creations. 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

science, nutrition, agriculture, botany

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
33 stu., 1 chap. per 5 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, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
33 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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