The South Street Seaport Museum Visits Your Classroom
Bring the history and science of New York Harbor into your classroom with hands-on experiments and activities that match your curriculum. Our educators bring the programming to you, either as a complement to your trip to the Museum or for stand-alone lessons.
Classroom Outreach Programs are currently paused because of COVID restrictions. Please contact us below to be the first to receive updates on our schedule.
Learn about the rich biodiversity of wildlife that inhabits New York City, from the water to the air. These programs include many tactile components including skull and foot replicas, fur, and even live snails and crabs!
Meet Your Wild Neighbors | Grades preK–5
Learn about animals that live in NYC through creative movement, observations, and comparing and contrasting various fish, birds, and mammals.
What’s Eating You? | Grades 2–5
Learn of the complex food webs that exist in our city, and create one including the specimens from our hands-on collection.
Surviving in the City | Grades 2–5
What adaptations help animals survive and thrive in our booming metropolis? Figure it out, then create your own City Critter, ready to take on the big city.
Animals that Built NYC | Grades 2–5
What do beavers and oysters have in common? They both helped NYC become what it is today. Explore how oyster reefs help protect coastlines, and how beavers change their habitat, and discover the important role these creatures played in the history of NY.
What did sustainability mean in the past, and what does it mean for the future? Cooperative learning programs include maps and may include tactile components including deer pelts, antlers, shells and clay.
Then and Now | Grades 3–5
Go back in time, before Europeans arrived here. Through hands on exploration, learn about how the Lenape survived and maintained balance with their environment, and explore current day challenges of sustainability.
The Future | Grades 4–5
Students will be introduced to challenges facing NYC, including climate change and accessibility, and work together to create a model of the NYC of the future.
LET’S SET SAIL
STEM programs explore the properties of wind and water and how boats use them.
Build Your Boat | Grades 1–5
What kinds of boats fill our busy harbor? Find out, then create and test a model boat, using the engineering processes of design and revision.
Wind is Wonderful | Grades 1–5
With experiments and demonstrations, learn how and why air moves, and how tiny air molecules move boats and airplanes. Create and test sail designs that can move a boat through a cross-wind.
All programs are aligned with New York City and State Social Studies and Science Learning Standards. Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.
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Reservations and payment required in advance. To book a program or for more information on details, pricing, and reservation process, please contact us below or call us at (212) 748-8568.