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 NYS Learning Standards. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For general questions about educational content, contact Deputy Director of Programs & Education Emily Pinkowitz at email@example.com.
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.
- Please note that High Line field trips are non-refundable and take place RAIN or SHINE. In case of cancellations, one week advance notice is required. If you have any concerns on the day of your trip, please contact Dionne Lee at (212) 206-9922 ext. 144, 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.
Curriculum Guides Available for Download
Prior to the opening of the High Line, Friends of the High Line collaborated with educational consultant Jane Cowan to create a series of curriculum guides. These guides follow New York State's education learning standards and feature 28 lesson plans that use the structure of the High Line to explore social studies, science, English language arts, math, and art. Using the High Line curriculum guides, Cowan brought the High Line into the academic lives of many of our neighborhood schools' seventh- and eighth-grade classes from 2006-2007.
THE FIVE CURRICULUM GUIDES ARE:
- A social studies curriculum guide: What can the High Line teach us about community activism?
- An English language arts curriculum guide: What can the author of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" teach us about Chelsea?
- A science curriculum guide: What can the High Line teach us about forces?
- A math and arts curriculum guide: What can the High Line teach us about park design?
- An arts curriculum guide: What can the High Line teach us about the Machine Aesthetic?
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 2,600 students and chaperones a year through guided field trips, afterschool programs, teaching artist residencies, school partnerships, and teen programs, including Green Corps, Youth Corps and the Teen Film Committee.
For more information about High Line Education and upcoming opportunities for educators, schools, and teens, please contact Emily Pinkowitz, Manager of Education, Teen, and Family programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The High Line Schools Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support comes from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, HSBC USA, N.A., and Johnson Family Foundation.