Living Classroom: School Workshops

Engaging youth through hands-on learning is one of the most successful means of fostering an appreciation of the natural environment. The workshops challenge students to think about their waterfront backyard as living, breathing eco-system that they can learn from.

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Living Classroom is an STEM educational program that uses NYS Science Core Curriculum Standards for K-12 classes to provide students with hands on experiential learning.  The program offers public school teachers the opportunity to work with RWA educators who have experience in a variety of science related fields, to foster an appreciation for the natural environment and enable students to explore challenging social and environmental issues.

Class Overview:
*  Each class is 45 minutes in length

*  Program cost is $200/class up to 30 students(fee waived for Rockaway public schools)*
*  Classes are conducted during the regular school day along the shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula or at the specific school requesting the workshop.  

Workshops address a variety of topics specifically designed for classes K-12 with lessons focused on climate change, renewable energy, urban farming, healthy cooking, marine science, recycling, water safety and careers in STEM related fields.

Each workshop involve hands on activities related to the lesson to actively engage learners. If there is a particular subject that would support your class curriculum please let us know. 

To learn more about this program or to schedule a Living Classroom Workshop, please contact: Program Director John Cruz:

* Fall 2015/ Spring 2016 programming for Rockaway public schools has been generously supported by Councilman Donovan Richard's Greener NYC Initiative to connect local youth to the public waterfront.