Randall’s Island Salt Marsh & Freshwater Wetlands

Guided tours focus on the birds, insects, wildlife species, and ecology that make up the island’s wetland and coastal areas. Using magnifying glasses, binoculars, fishnets, and traps, groups can investigate the many animals and plants that call Randall’s Island home; get up close with fish, crabs, snails, insects, oysters, and plants. Older groups can learn about water pollution by testing the concentrations of pollutants in water, measuring the health of an oyster garden to maintain water cleanliness, and more.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

School

Students can learn from one of eight lessons on wetlands ecology. They can have an intro to wetlands ecology, meet inhabitants such as fish, crabs, and birds, and make connections between the wetlands and the broader environment; or study New York waterways, and what makes them clean and healthy. They can also learn about the lives of insects including anatomy and life cycles, catch butterflies in a butterfly net, and observe insects in a terraria. Using binoculars and scopes, students can enjoy observing waterfowl and soaring hawks. Students can also learn about oyster biology, collect scientific data on oyster growth and development, and study them using microscopes, rulers, calipers, and written exercises. College students may ask about forming a research partnership with RIPA.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science

topics covered:
animals, birds, conservation, ecology, insects, marine life, wetlands

contact info
Name: Christopher Girgenti
Phone: 212-860-1899 ext. 309.
Email: christopher.girgenti@parks.nyc.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

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Randall’s Island Salt Marsh & Freshwater Wetlands

Guided tours focus on the birds, insects, wildlife species, and ecology that make up the island’s wetland and coastal areas. Using magnifying glasses, binoculars, fishnets, and traps, groups can investigate the many animals and plants that call Randall’s Island home; get up close with fish, crabs, snails, insects, oysters, and plants. Older groups can learn about water pollution by testing the concentrations of pollutants in water, measuring the health of an oyster garden to maintain water cleanliness, and more.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

Scouts

Scout groups can request a guided tour through Randall’s Island Park’s wetlands or shoreline, or take a tour focused on the park’s history, art, or foliage. Visit the Urban Farm to get your group’s hands dirty and develop a deeper understanding of how food is grown. Spend a day at the waterfront, where your group can explore the salt marshes, get an up-close look at insects, collect scientific data on an oyster colony, among other activities. Scout groups can also volunteer to help park staff with cleanup efforts, bulb planting, farming, or event hosting.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Science

topics covered:
animals, birds, conservation, ecology, insects, marine life, wetlands

contact info
Name: Christopher Girgenti
Phone: 212-860-1899 ext. 309
Email: christopher.girgenti@parks.nyc.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

Randall’s Island Salt Marsh & Freshwater Wetlands

Guided tours focus on the birds, insects, wildlife species, and ecology that make up the island’s wetland and coastal areas. Using magnifying glasses, binoculars, fishnets, and traps, groups can investigate the many animals and plants that call Randall’s Island home; get up close with fish, crabs, snails, insects, oysters, and plants. Older groups can learn about water pollution by testing the concentrations of pollutants in water, measuring the health of an oyster garden to maintain water cleanliness, and more.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

Camp

Camp groups can request a guided tour through Randall’s Island Park’s wetlands or shoreline, or take a tour focused on the park’s history, art, or foliage. Visit the Urban Farm to get your group’s hands dirty and develop a deeper understanding of how food is grown. Spend a day at the waterfront, where your group can explore the salt marshes, get an up-close look at insects, collect scientific data on an oyster colony, among other activities.

topics covered:
animals, birds, conservation, ecology, insects, marine life, wetlands

contact info
Name: Christopher Girgenti
Phone: 212-860-1899 ext. 309
Email: christopher.girgenti@parks.nyc.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

Randall’s Island Salt Marsh & Freshwater Wetlands

Guided tours focus on the birds, insects, wildlife species, and ecology that make up the island’s wetland and coastal areas. Using magnifying glasses, binoculars, fishnets, and traps, groups can investigate the many animals and plants that call Randall’s Island home; get up close with fish, crabs, snails, insects, oysters, and plants. Older groups can learn about water pollution by testing the concentrations of pollutants in water, measuring the health of an oyster garden to maintain water cleanliness, and more.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can request a guided tour through Randall’s Island Park’s wetlands or shoreline, or take a tour focused on the park’s history, art, or foliage. Visit the Urban Farm to get your group’s hands dirty and develop a deeper understanding of how food is grown. Spend a day at the waterfront, where your group can take part in one of several hands-on STEM programs offered. Groups can explore the salt marshes, get an up-close look at insects, collect scientific data on an oyster colony, among other activities.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science

topics covered:
animals, birds, conservation, ecology, insects, marine life, wetlands

contact info
Name: Christopher Girgenti
Phone: 212-860-1899 ext. 309
Email: christopher.girgenti@parks.nyc.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

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