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. Education programs serve 3,000 students and chaperones each year through guided field trips, after-school programs, teaching artist residencies, school partnerships, and teen programs.
Friends of the High Line has offered weekly after-school programs at local elementary school P.S. 11 since Fall, 2010. Through arts-based workshops and regular trips to the High Line, children explore High Line ecology, park design, and the history of Manhattan’s West Side. The 2013 curriculum focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning through an active investigation of the structure, horticulture, and life-cycle of the High Line.
High Line Field Trips provide grades 2 through 7 with fun, hands-on explorations of park design, native ecology, and the history of Manhattan’s West Side, from the Lenape to the present day. Through primary source documents, inquiry-based artifact investigations, and guided observation walks, field trips meet New York City and New York State Learning Standards, and the Common Core.
Local schools have a unique opportunity to engage in multi-visit programs that utilize the park as an extension of the classroom. Through a combination of in-school visits and guided excursions, High Line Educators tailor programs to meet the needs of local educators, from a three-part history program at P.S. 33, to a month-long arts program at P.S. 11, to a year-long ecology study at P.S. 3.
More than 6,000 students and chaperones visited the High Line for a self-guided experience in 2012. In response, Friends of the High Line is creating a new set of self-guided tours. Sign up for the High Line E-News to stay updated on the release!
Friends of the High Line is a resource for local public schools. For specific questions about High Line Education, or if you are a local school interested in collaborating, please contact Emily Pinkowitz, the Manager of Education, Teen, & Family Programs at Friends of the High Line, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (212) 206-9922.