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Environmental Education


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Education provides K-12 students and teachers with a wide range of free programs and resources about the City’s vital water supply, wastewater treatment systems, sound and noise quality, and other environmental concerns. To schedule a visit for your school or class to the Visitor Center, please download and fill out this education outreach request form and email it to

Featured Programs

New York City’s Water Story

New York City’s Water Story:
From Mountain Top to Tap
Our new map New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap has been created to help young people explore the New York City Water Supply System and discover how the water cycle affects their everyday lives. A complementary Resource Guide for Teachers has also been created to help uncover New York Water’s special places and resource treasures.
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City that Drinks the Mountain Sky
Poetry, puppetry and live music will trace the path of life’s quintessential liquid from Catskill mountain top to New York City tap!
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Art and Poetry Contest

2017 Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is proud to announce the 31st annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. This special program gives students from New York City and the watersheds a chance to creatively express their understanding of, and care of, our shared water resources.
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Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom
Learn about this great way to engage your students in the study of the New York City water supply system. Help raise trout from eggs in your own classroom and release them into watershed streams in the springtime.
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Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
The visitor center, located at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, serves as a destination for school trips, and features installations describing how the city’s sewer system works.
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Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Explore the first public waterfront access to Newtown Creek to learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City. Located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, this quarter-mile nature walk offers stunning views of New York City and the local industrial landscape.
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Projectile point

Native American History Finds a New Home
Over 400 artifacts were uncovered by archaeologists prior to the construction of the Catskill/Delaware Ultraviolet Facility in Mount Pleasant and Greenburg in Westchester County.
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Education Resources

Green Infrastructure Education Module
Introduce your students to the innovative world of science, technology, math, and engineering that surrounds them in New York City. Learn about the many green infrastructure techniques designed and constructed to manage stormwater runoff and what we can do to help as environmental stewards.
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Cease the Grease Education Module
Introduce your students to the world beneath their feet and the science, technology, math, and engineering of the New York City sewer system. Learn about the system that carries our waste and what we can do to help protect it.
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Field Trips

Dynamic H2O
Dive into Dynamic H2O and explore NYC’s water supply system at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. This new outdoor water exhibit offers children and their families a fun place to cool off while they discover the source of their water and how it is delivered to our homes and schools.
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Plan a Trip to the Connected Worlds exhibition at the New York Hall of Science
Connected Worlds, a groundbreaking exhibition at the New York Hall of Science, immerses visitors in a fantastical universe where they can affect the health of six distinct biomes through gestures, movements, and decisions they make about the balance of the overall environment. All of the biomes share a common resource: water.
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Relief Map

Plan a Trip to the New York City Watershed at the Queens Museum of Art
After more than 70 years out of the public eye, this sculptured scale-model of New York City's Water Supply System comes back to the Queens Museum of Art. The 540 square-foot model represents the living, working landscape of the watersheds that supply New York with one billion gallons of drinking water each day.
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Time & the Valleys Museum
The Time & the Valleys Museum is home to the history of the Rondout and Neversink Watersheds and the geographical area encompassing the Tri-Valley Central School District.
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Funding Opportunities

Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program
Funding is now available for schools and other education organizations to take students and teachers to the New York City Watersheds to learn about the New York City water supply system. Application deadline is January 6, 2017.
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Watershed Education Grants
Proposals due February 1, 2017. Funding is available for education projects and programs to help students and teachers increase awareness of the human and natural history of the New York City Watersheds located west of the Hudson River, understand the history and present-day New York City water supply system and the importance of stewardship activities.
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Past Programs
Catskill Aqueduct Trek 2011 Ashokan Reservoir to NYC
Water Matters - 25 Years of Students Celebrating NYC’s Water Resources
Don't Miss 'City that Drinks the Mountain Sky'
Eight Great Infrastructure Projects Under New York
The 2008 Educators' Workshop
Watershed Trek Exhibition and Event
2009 NYC Tap Project Water Walk
Growing and Greening New York Exhibition
The Groundswell Mural Project
Water: An Underground History of New York
Watershed Environmental Education Resource Directory
Jamaica Bay Education Resource Directory
New York Water Saver’s Workbook
Great Books and Websites for Adults and Children
Hands-On Activities for Students

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