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 ecosystem that they can learn from.

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Living Classroom is a STEM educational program for grades Pre-K through 12, 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 50 minutes in length

* Classes are conducted during the regular school day at our headquarters at the RISE Center, or along the shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula (weather permitting)
* 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 Pre-K-12 classes with lessons focused on marine science, local ecology, climate change, shoreline resiliency, urban farming, healthy cooking, recycling, water safety, and more!

Each workshop involves hands-on activities to actively engage learners. If there is a particular subject that you'd like to cover to 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. 

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Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.