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Field Trips

Recycling & Waste Facilities

DSNY does not manage the recycling facilities where NYC’s materials are sorted or processed; DSNY contracts with outside vendors to handle the recyclables collected from NYC residents and institutions.

Pratt Industries USA/Visy Corporation holds educational tours of their paper recycling mill on Staten Island during the school year for groups of children over the age of 13. This mill was built to handle about half of the recyclable paper collected by DSNY. To arrange for a tour, contact Barbara Farley at (718) 355-6710 or email at least two weeks in advance.

Sims Metal Management Municipal Recycling built a new facility in Brooklyn to process recyclables under a long-term contract for metal, glass, and plastic. Their new facility includes a visitor’s center designed specifically for educational tours.

The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island closed in 2001. The NYC Parks Department offers tours of the Freshkills Park site, explaining their plans to turn the 2,200-acre area into a public park over the next 30 years.

Other Environmental Field Trips & Resources

Alley Pond Environmental Center
American Museum of Natural History
Are We There Yet?
Bronx Zoo
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Central Park Conservancy
City Parks Foundation
Gateway National Recreation Area
GrowNYC Greenmarkets and Farms
The High Line
Hudson River Park Trust
Jamaica Bay
Materials For the Arts
The New York Botanical Garden
NYC Compost Project
NY City Dept of Environmental Protection
NY City Soil and Water Conservation District
NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation
New York Hall of Science
New York Restoration Project
Prospect Park Alliance
Queens Botanical Garden
The River Project
Riverside Park Conservancy
Rocking the Boat (Bronx River)
Solar One
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy
Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Enviro Ed
Waterfront Museum
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wave Hill

Assembly Programs

These performers are available for school assembly or classroom presentations focusing on environmental education. Contact them directly through their websites for information on scheduling and any booking fees.

Alliance for Climate Education Assembly (ACE) (Middle and High School)—Free, live presentation explains the science and long-term effects of climate change, and shows how young people around the country are leading the way toward solving climate change.

G*CAMP (Genuinely Care About My Planet)—Offers several hands-on workshops for students about a variety of environmental themes, including waste reduction and recycling.

The Grand Falloons—20-year veterans of the Big Apple Circus use circus skills, vaudeville, song, and dance to engage students in the K–6 Earth Science Curriculum, teaching about waste reduction and recycling.

jenny Green jeans—Offers assemblies, seminars, presentations, outings, and in-class visits, making the connection between waste and consumption behaviors and the environment. Also assists schools with implementing recycling and organics collection systems.

Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater (Pre-K through 5th Grade, classrooms or auditorium)—Environmental awareness through exploring and understanding wildlife, live performances enhance science curricula and meet National and State Science Standards. See offerings in other boroughs from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Education Division