Course Details

P236-8438.1F19 - Experiential Education: 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 State Science Learning Standards. Course content is drawn from the City Parks Foundation Seeds to Trees program for elementary and middle school students. The fall course curriculum is fully inquiry-based and starts by helping teachers to make the assumption that students already know quite a bit about the environment around them. Example activities are structured so that students explore and learn through sensory and physical connections. 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 an outdoor activity to be implemented with students. The course is free. Teachers may register for the course at
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 10/03/2019 Start Date: 10/04/2019 End Date: 11/16/2019
Location: Central Park , New York, NY, 10016 CTLE Hours: 15 No. of Credits: 1 Categories: Science
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Pedagogy 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:
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