Schools Program

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Planning to bring your students on your own? Please register your self-guided visit here.

Bring your class to the High Line!

Request a guided field trip.

LEARN ABOUT NATURE, HISTORY, OR DESIGN:

Native New York—Native Ecology on the High Line
Discover the people, plants, and animals that made up Mannahatta, the Lenni Lenape name for the island we now call Manhattan. Students use their five senses to identify plants used by the Lenape, explore how animals depend on native habitats, and make their own Plant Guide.

Rivers and Railways—History on the High Line
Students use primary source documents, maps, and touchable artifacts to uncover how the Hudson River shaped the industrial West Side and how it has changed over time.

Park in the Sky—Designing the High Line
How did the High Line become a park? Students find remnants from the site’s abandoned past, explore design features inspired by the High Line’s roots, and design their own section of the park.


WHAT WE OFFER:
Field trips are 75-minutes and feature hands-on activities that support New York City and New York State Learning Standards, and the Common Core. Each visit is accompanied with pre- and post-visit activities to extend the learning opportunities in the classroom. Programs are available for grades 2 through 7 only.

The cost for public and charter schools is $70.00 for groups of 15 or more, $35.00 for groups of less than 15. Adults join the fun for free. Financial assistance is available.

Request a guided field trip.

For information about booking a trip, please contact dionne.lee@thehighline.org. For general questions about educational content, contact Deputy Director of Programs & Education Emily Pinkowitz at emily.pinkowitz@thehighline.org.


ALREADY BOOKED A TRIP? INFORMATION TO MAKE YOUR TRIP A SUCCESS

All programs begin at the STREET LEVEL at 16th Street and 10th Avenue, on the northeastern side of the intersection. A High Line educator will meet you at the foot of the stairs up to the High Line.

  • Dress your students for the weather. We all learn better when we’re comfortable. Help your students stay focused by reminding them to dress for sitting on the ground outside in the heat or cold.
  • Arrive on time. We offer two field trips a day, so unfortunately a late arrival means a shortened program.
  • Plan to divide your students into two groups. We will spend much of the trip divided into two groups, so please plan on this ahead of time.
  • Cancellation Policy: Please note that High Line field trips are non-refundable and take place RAIN or SHINE. Due to the limited number of field trips available each year, field trips cannot be refunded, credited, or rescheduled due to inclement weather. In case of cancellations for any reason, 5 business days advance notice is required. Cancellations made after this date require full payment of the field trip balance. If you have any concerns on the day of your trip, please contact Dionne Lee at (646) 774-2501, or contact your High Line Educator directly using the number listed on your follow-up email. For information on how to get to the High Line, visit the Park Information page.

About High Line Education

Educational programming has long been an important part of Friends of the High Line, beginning in 2001 with partnerships with the New York City Laboratory School for Collaborative Studies and the Hudson Guild, a Chelsea community center that serves lower-income residents.

Today, High Line Education programs serve more than 3,200 students and chaperones a year through guided field trips, afterschool programs, teaching artist residencies, school partnerships, and teen programs.

For more information about High Line Education and upcoming opportunities for educators, schools, and teens, please contact Emily Pinkowitz at emily.pinkowitz@thehighline.org.

Support

High Line Schools Program is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation.