Schools

Each year, we partner with local schools to provide an outdoor classroom and innovative resources for students and teachers.

School Field Trips

Our field trips provide grades 2 through 8 with fun, hands-on explorations of design, native ecology, and the history of Manhattan's West Side, from the time of the Lenape Native American tribe to the present day. Students take guided observation walks, engage in inquiry-based artifact investigations, and examine primary source documents as they delve into the past and consider plans for the future.

All our field trips meet New York City and New York State Learning Standards and the Common Core

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! Students identify plants used by the Lenape Native American tribe, 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 even design their own section of the park.

Want to know what a field trip is like? Watch this short video before you book your trip!

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After School Programs

Friends of the High Line offers free, weekly after-school programs at local elementary schools P.S. 11 and P.S. 41. 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 curriculum focuses on public art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning through an active investigation of the built environment, horticulture, and life-cycle around the High Line.

Please contact Katie Henry, School and Family Programs Manager, for more information at Katie.henry@thehighline.org.

Local Partnerships

Local schools have a unique opportunity to engage in multi-visit programs that utilize the park as an extension of the classroom. Friends of the High Line tailors programs to meet the needs of local educators. From a three-part history curricula to a month-long arts education program or a year-long ecology study, partnerships offer a combination of in-school visits and guided excursions.

Please contact Katie Henry, School and Family Programs Manager, for more information at Katie.henry@thehighline.org.

Self-Guided Visits

To aid the 6,000+ students who visit the High Line on self-guided experiences each year, Friends of the High Line offers free educational resources for teachers.

Please register your visit here and you'll receive optional free resources for your use.


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Our Partners

Major Support for High Line Education comes from Deutsche Bank. Additional Funding comes from The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council—with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Levine, and the Manhattan Delegation of the City Council.