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. Our workshops challenge students to think about their waterfront backyard as a living, breathing eco-system that they can learn from.

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Living Classroom is a STEM educational program for grades Pre-K through 12th grade; providing 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

*  Classes are conducted during the regular school day along the shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula or at our headquarters at the RISE Institute.
* Program fees are specific to size of class and school district. Contact us for pricing. 

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Workshops address a variety of topics specifically designed for classes Pre-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 Coordinator Juli Schroeger at:

Special thanks to our Sponsors: NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs(DCLA) and NYC Dept of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Living Classroom is FREE to all Rockaway Public Schools in Community District 31 thanks to Councilman Donovan Richards through CASA and DYCD A Greener NYC Initiative. 

Click here for photos from our past classes