Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Ecology Village National Park Service

Offers a variety of day and overnight experiences for school, scout, and youth groups. Programs range from kayaking and sailing, to nature excursions and the only overnight camping program in the NYC area. Campsite Trail, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Kings County. Tel: 718-338-3338 ext. 274. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Alley Pond Environmental Center

22806 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, NY 11362. 718-229-4000. Over 635 acres of woodlands, meadows, and marshes encompass this Queens park. Groups can explore nature through outdoor environmental activities. Scout programs available.

Battery Urban Farm

State St. & Battery Place, New York, NY 10004. 212-344-3491. The Battery Urban Farm, a project of The Battery Conservancy, is an education farm aiming to inspire and educate about growing and eating healthy food. Free.

Central Park Conservancy

14 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022. 212-310-6600. Offers park-based classes that bring science, history, art, and social studies to life. Visit the visitor centers for different exhibits, discovery kits, and activities. Fee/Free.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside Central Park at 110th St. & Lenox Ave., New York, NY. 212-860-1370. A wide variety of programs and seasonal exhibits. This center is also the home of the Catch-and-Release Fishing Program at the Harlem Meer, which supports a wide variety of fish, waterfowl, turtles, plants, and microorganisms. Free.

Gateway National Recreation Area

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York 11234. Contacts: Ecology Village (718-338-4306); Breezy Point (718-318-4300); Jacob Riis Pk./Fort Tilden (718-318-4300); Jamaica Bay Wildlife Ref. (718-318-4340); Jamaica Bay (718-338-3799); Floyd Bennet Field (718-338-3799); Sandy Hook, New Jersey (908-872-0015); Staten Island/Great Kills Park/Miller Field (718-351-6970). Watch nature at work. 28,000 acres of beaches, bays, marshes, ponds in NY & NJ. Programs on bird watching, honeybees, wildflowers, nature walks, shell art, beach cleanup & more. Special school programs for all grades. Fee.

Greenbelt Conservancy

700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314. 718-351-3450. Greenbelt includes 2,800 acres of parks, trail systems, and facilities. Learn about history and geography at the Nature Center, participate in programs at the High Rock Park History Center, and go on a climb of Moses Mountain. Fee.

Inwood Hill Nature Center

600 W. 218th St., New York, NY 10040. 212-304-2365. Located in the park with the only salt marsh left in Manhattan, the Center features exhibits on park wildlife, rock formation and nature activities. Free.

Van Cortlandt Nature Center

246 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471. 718-548-0912. Come to NYC’s third-largest park for a fun and educational experience at the Nature Center. Exhibits highlight the diverse landscapes of the park, live animals, and maps. Groups can set off from the Center on guided Nature Tours conducted by experienced Park Rangers. Free.