Resources for Educators

Trout in the Classroom Teacher Conference

We welcome educators to use these resources to plan lessons and activities about New York City’s environment. For more information, contact educationoffice@dep.nyc.gov.

Enviromental Education Topics

New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap

Stream Monitoring

New York City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap helps students explore the New York City Water Supply System and discover how the water cycle affects their everyday lives. Through this activity, students can locate natural and human-made landscapes within the upstate watershed and New York City that relate to their study of water. They can examine and compare different features by exploring their physical and cultural characteristics and discuss how they function in our interdependent world.

The map is designed to complement multi-disciplinary lessons. It fosters an understanding of the historical geography of the region and how it plays an important role in the life cycle of people, their ideas, and living environments today.

New York City’s Wastewater Treatment System

Discover New York City’s Wastewater Treatment System with your students and find out what happens to the used water and waste that goes down our drains at home and school. Explore the infrastructure beneath our feet that collects wastewater and stormwater runoff from streets and sidewalks and transports it to our 14 Wastewater Resource Recovery Facilities.

The wastewater treatment process brochure is designed to help students understand the essential process that takes places at our facilities everyday, removing pollutants from wastewater, releasing clean water to local waterways, and recovering valuable resources (like renewable energy!) from our waste.

Download the Wastewater Treatment Process Brochure

Green Infrastructure in New York City

Introduce your students to the many green infrastructure techniques designed and constructed to manage stormwater runoff and what we can do to help as environmental stewards.

Visit the Green Infrastructure Education Module

The New York City Sewer System

Introduce your students to the sewer system that carries our waste and what we can do to help protect it.

Visit the Sewer System Education Module

Sound and Noise in New York City

Introduce your students to the human relationship with sound and how noise can impact our health and learning abilities. These STEM lessons and activities can be used in the classroom, as well as for community engagement and citizen science projects.

Visit the Sound and Noise Education Module

Climate Change and New York City

Introduce your students to climate science in New York City and the many opportunities for taking action. These interactive, place-based lessons and activities cover a range of climate topics with a focus on scientific research, local climate policy, and environmental stewardship.

Visit the Climate Change Education Module