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Environmental Education


Our Education Office provides pre-Kindergarten–12th grade students and teachers, college students, and non-formal educators with a wide range of free programs and resources about New York City’s drinking water supply, wastewater treatment system, harbor water quality, sound and noise quality, climate change, and stewardship opportunities. To contact the Education Office, please email educationoffice@dep.nyc.gov or call 718-595-3506.


Featured Programs

New York City’s Water Story

New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap
The New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap helps young people explore the New York City Water Supply System. A complementary Resource Guide for Teachers helps uncover the special places and resource treasures of New York City's water story.
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Art and Poetry Contest

2018 Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest
The 32nd annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest gives students from New York City and the watersheds the chance to use art and poetry to creatively express how they understand and appreciate our shared water resources.
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Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom
Engage your students in the study of the New York City water supply system. Help raise trout from eggs in your own classroom and release them into watershed streams in the springtime.
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Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
Located at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the Visitor Center serves as a destination for young people and adults to learn about New York City’s water resources.
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Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Newtown Creek Nature Walk
This quarter-mile, self-guided, waterfront nature walk is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, along Newtown Creek and Whale Creek, adjacent to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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City that Drinks the Mountain Sky, Part II
Poetry, puppetry and live music will trace the path of life’s quintessential liquid from Catskill mountain top to New York City tap!
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Projectile point

Native American History Finds a New Home
Over 400 artifacts were uncovered by archaeologists prior to the construction of the Catskill/Delaware Ultraviolet Facility in Mount Pleasant and Greenburg in Westchester County.
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Education Resources



Green Infrastructure Education Module
Introduce your students to the many green infrastructure techniques designed and constructed to manage stormwater runoff and what we can do to help as environmental stewards.
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Cease the Grease Education Module
Introduce your students the system that carries our waste and what we can do to help protect it.
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Sound and Noise Education Module
What defines sound versus noise? Introduce your students to the human relationship with sound and and learn how noise can impact our health and learning abilities. These STEM lessons and activities can be used in the classroom, as well as for community engagement and citizen science projects.
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Field Trips



Dynamic H2O
Explore NYC’s water supply system at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. This outdoor water exhibit offers children and their families a fun place to cool off while they discover the source of their water and how it is delivered to our homes and schools.
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Connected Worlds Exhibition at the New York Hall of Science
Connected Worlds immerses visitors in a fantastical universe where they can affect the health of six distinct biomes through the gestures, movements, and decisions they make about the balance of the overall environment. All of the biomes share a common resource: water.
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Relief Map

New York City Watershed at the Queens Museum of Art
After more than 70 years out of the public eye, this sculptured scale-model of New York City's Water Supply System comes back to the Queens Museum of Art. The 540 square-foot model represents the living, working landscape of the watersheds that supply New York with one billion gallons of drinking water each day.
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Time & the Valleys Museum
The Time & the Valleys Museum is home to the history of the Rondout and Neversink Watersheds and the geographical area encompassing the Tri-Valley Central School District.
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Funding Opportunities



Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program
Funding is now available for schools and other education organizations to take students and teachers to the New York City Watersheds to learn about the New York City water supply system. The application deadline is January 5, 2018.
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Watershed Education Grants
Proposals are due February 1, 2018. Funding is available for education projects and programs to help students and teachers increase awareness of the human and natural history of the New York City Watersheds located west of the Hudson River, understand the history and present-day New York City water supply system, and recognize the importance of stewardship activities.
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Past Programs
Catskill Aqueduct Trek 2011 Ashokan Reservoir to NYC
Water Matters - 25 Years of Students Celebrating NYC’s Water Resources
Don't Miss 'City that Drinks the Mountain Sky'
Eight Great Infrastructure Projects Under New York
The 2008 Educators' Workshop
Watershed Trek Exhibition and Event
2009 NYC Tap Project Water Walk
Growing and Greening New York Exhibition
The Groundswell Mural Project
Publications
Water: An Underground History of New York
Watershed Environmental Education Resource Directory
Jamaica Bay Education Resource Directory
New York Water Saver’s Workbook
Great Books and Websites for Adults and Children
Hands-On Activities for Students

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