Class Trips

Want to bring your class to Snug Harbor? Interested in Snug Harbor Education bringing an exciting workshop to your classroom? Fill out this form to reserve a date.


Snug Harbor offers several 90-minute outdoor tour varieties: New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Historical Buildings, Wetlands, Pastoral Grounds and Gardens, Heritage Farm, and NYC Compost Project.

Each tour may be paired with a workshop (see below) accompanied by insightful preparation materials, an on-site activity, and post-visit assessment exercises. Most classes can be scaled from pre-Kindergarten to high school. All classes are taught in accordance with CCSS and NGSS.

We can also bring the Snug Harbor Education experience to you!  We can work with you to develop a learning series with on-site and in-class components, or a completely in-class package.  We also have life science classes available for after-school and Universal Pre-K in-class programming.

Please let us know how our resources can support your curriculum.

– Classes are encouraged to bring lunch, but please bring trash bags. Tours do not break for lunch.
– Every visit to Snug Harbor is an outdoor experience. Please dress accordingly!
– Classes arriving more than 15 minutes late may not participate in the full program.


The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden Tour: Workshop Options

Beautiful Writing – What is Chinese calligraphy? Fancy writing? Art? Or both? This ancient Chinese art form uses specific skills and techniques to create “beautiful writing” that conveys information and beauty. We invite you to tour our Chinese Scholar’s Garden, consider the importance of writing and the basic techniques of this beautiful art form. Classes offered year round. Grades 2 and up.

Art and Meditation – Tour the Chinese Scholar’s Garden and learn about ink wash painting. Engage in meditative practice through the art of shui-mo hua to learn the traditional importance of meditation in Asian history. Classes offered year round. Grades 3 and up.

Dragon Boat Festival – What is the legend behind the Dragon Boat Festival? Who is Qu Yuan? Falling on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival stems from the two thousand year-old legend of Qu Yuan. Join our celebration by touring our Chinese Scholar’s Garden and creating a traditional craft. Classes offered May through July. 

Autumn Moon – Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by touring the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Students will learn the legend of Chang’e and the traditional activities and customs associated with the Moon Cake Festival. Classes offered September through December. 

Chinese New Year – The Spring Festival is the biggest Chinese celebration. Tour the Chinese Scholar’s Garden, learn about and participate in some traditional activities and customs. Classes offered December through April.


Historical Buildings Tour: Workshop Options

The Historical Buildings tours and workshops begin in Autumn 2018.  Registration is open, but reservation dates are only available starting in September 2018.

Snug Harbor Architecture – What are the parts of the buildings we inhabit? Learn specialized architectural vocabulary for our landmarked buildings, go on a scavenger hunt, and engage in a group building exercise. Older students will consider how our cultural values are expressed through architecture. Classes offered year round. Grades K -2.

Snug Harbor Community – What does a community need? Learn about the self-sufficient community that was Sailors’ Snug Harbor and map the places that were essential for their everyday needs. Older students will consider how these needs changed over time. Classes offered year round. Grades K and up.


Wetland Tour: Workshop Options

Please wear appropriate gear for a riparian environment. Shoes may get wet and muddy. Raincoats with hoods or rain hats may be advised, depending upon the weather. Students should not carry umbrellas.

Wetlands Energy– What are wetlands? What is a food web? Why is energy transfer important? Join us on a hike through our state-mapped wetlands to see how plants and animals thrive through interdependence, from the smallest to the largest. Your young scientists will participate in a pond dip and see the building blocks of the energy pyramid firsthand. Classes offered year round. 

Weathering and Erosion – What is weathering? What signs of weathering and erosion can we find in our environment? Students go on a hike around the grounds looking for signs of weathering effects and recording observations. Classes offered year round.

Water, Water, Everywhere – What is the water cycle, and where do we see it at work? How do the different states of water effect our everyday lives? Our wetlands are a perfect place to see the different stages of the water cycle, providing a view of the overall system and how subsystems work together. Older students will create a closed-system biome. Classes offered year round. Grades 1 and up.

Wetlands Plant Discovery – How have plants been used historically? We’ll look at Native American practices with plants, including selective harvesting, whole plant use, and medicinal and dietary applications. Tour the wetlands to identify particular plants and learn their historical use. Students learn mapping skills and create a botanical drawing. Classes offered year round. Grades 2 and up.


Pastoral Grounds & Gardens Tour: Workshop Options

Natural Poetry – How do we share our experience in our environment? Students work individually and in groups to explore the poetics of nature and gardens. Students review some literary devices, different poetic forms, and parts of speech. Classes offered year round.

Habitat Hunt – Why does that live there? Explore life in a forest, a meadow, and a wetland. We will consider the role of adaptations in allowing flora and fauna to thrive in different ecosystems. Classes offered year round. 

Green Power – Why are plants so green? What is photosynthesis? Come see the diverse forms plants take, and learn about their role in transforming the power of the sun into edible energy. We focus on photosynthesis and the seasonal story of trees. Classes offered March to June.

Autumn Leaves – How do trees prepare for winter? Which trees lose their leaves and why? See how the power of the sun is turned into edible energy. We focus on photosynthesis and the seasonal story of trees. Classes offered September to December. 

Tree ID – Students work in teams and learn how to identify trees by their characteristic leaves, bark, buds, and tree form. Classes offered year round. Grades 3 and up.

Garden Engineering – How is a garden built? What are some challenges we encounter on our grounds? Students work in small groups on an engineering challenge. Classes offered year round. Grades 5 and up.

Garden Design – Why do we build gardens? What do you like to do in a garden? Students work in small groups to design a garden to serve themselves and their community. Classes offered year round. Grades 2 and up.

Snug Storms – How do humans handle extreme weather? Come to Snug Harbor and learn about the hazards posed by seasonal changes and extreme weather, and how humans have modified their behavior or adapted their environment. Classes offered year round. Grades 4 and up.

Botanical Study – How does scientific study depend upon direct observation? What can we learn from botanical drawings? Consider the history of botanical study and different methods of documenting new discoveries. Students create at least one botanical drawing. Classes offered year round. Grades 4 and up.


Snug Harbor Heritage Farm Tour: Workshop Options

Sprout to Mouth – Where does your food come from? How does it get to your table? Explore farming and its role in our community. Tour the farm, examine soil, and learn how different produce can be combined into a tasty treat. Classes offered year round. Grades K and up. 

Farm Sustainability – What sustainable farming techniques can we learn from our Native American predecessors? Students tour the farm to see sustainability practices in action and create a hands-on project. Classes offered year round. Grades 4 and up.

Seeds – What happens inside a seed? How does it become a plant? After touring our farm, learn the stages of seed development and methods of seed dispersal. Students will participate in a seed dissection. Classes offered year round.

Plant Parts – What are the parts of a plant and how do they support life? Learn to identify the plant parts and their different functions. Students may participate in dissecting a living plant. Classes offered year round. Grades K and up.

Flowers and Fruits – Why do plants flower? How do plants grow fruit? Students will learn how fruits grow and participate in dissecting a flower. Classes offered year round.  Grades 1 and up. 

Pollination – How does pollination happen? Why is it important? Learn the role of pollination in sustaining life as we know it. Classes offered year round.  Grades 3 and up. 


NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor

Learn about NYC composting programs, as well as some basic info on the science and mechanics of indoor and outdoor composting. Classes offered year round. Grades K+.