Course Details

P236-7423.1F18 - Experiential Learning: Using Parks as Outdoor Classrooms

Course Details
Course Description: Experiential Learning: Using Parks as Outdoor Classrooms will provide teachers with academic and administrative tools to conduct science lessons using a New York City park as their outdoor classroom. Focusing on forest ecology in the fall course, the training will equip teachers to plan and implement safe and effective outdoor lessons that provide students with hands-on experiences relative to their in-class curriculum. The course curriculum pays special attention to the recommendations by the NYC DOE for excellence in environmental education particularly regarding place-based education and real world experiences involving investigation, analysis and problem solving. Activities are carefully aligned with the New York City Department of Education's latest Science Scope and Sequence as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Course content is drawn from the City Parks Foundation Seeds to Trees (link) program for elementary and middle school students. This program has served thousands of NYC public school students and assisted public schools to expand opportunities for students to learn science and for teachers to meet standards for nearly 20 years.

For the final project, teachers will be assigned to create a trip plan that will include all aspects of related logistics as well as a lesson plan that will include pre-trip preparation and details for each activity to be implemented outdoors with students.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 10/09/2018 Start Date: 10/10/2018 End Date: 11/03/2018
Location: Central Park , New York, NY, 10016 Prof. Dev. Hours: 12 No. of P-Credits: 1 Categories: Science
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Danielson Components 1d : Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
1e : Designing Coherent Instruction
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: City Parks Foundation Contact:
Instructor # 1: Luis Gonzalez Instructor # 2: Manna Hara
ASPDP Fee: $45.00 Education Partner Fee: $0.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $45.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Teachers may register for the course at