Home Education Activities & Resources: Environmental Education Center
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy wants to bring at-home learning to you!
Below you will find a series of activities and lessons centered around the exciting science and nature topics typically explored during our Environmental Education Center programs.
Whether you are looking for family-friendly activities or are a teacher needing more materials for your school and students, there is something here for everyone.
Please check back regularly as we hope to add more content!
Access: Lesson Plans | Brooklyn Bridge Activity Packet | Cove Kit Activity Book | Social Media | Open Hours Arts & Crafts | Coloring Sheets | National Pollinator Week Resources | Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival Home Crafts
The PDF’s below are designed to accompany school field trips to the park, however all the activities require minimal materials and can easily be modified for use in the home and with various ages. There are also recommended books, websites, and videos listed at the end of each lesson’s directions.
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Great Brooklyn Bridge (Recommended for grades 2-5)
LESSON 1: Learn the basic design of a suspension bridge and run experiments to understand forces like tension and compression.
LESSON 2: Think about how the Brooklyn waterfront has changed overtime with the help of some great visuals and a writing activity.
Reading Rocks (Recommended for grades 2-4)
LESSON 1: Learn the difference between rocks and minerals and play a fun matching game to discover what minerals are in different rock types.
LESSON 2: Go on an adventure through the rock cycle to learn how rocks can change over time and what causes those changes.
Rove the Cove (Recommended for grades K-4)
LESSON 1: Discover the difference between living, nonliving, and manmade objects with a simple sorting activity.
LESSON 2: Sharpen your graphing skills with some simple data and word problems all about the East River.
Sustainable Landscapes (Recommended for grades 5-12)
LESSON 1: An introduction to sustainability and environmental footprints through a role playing activity highlighting the “tragedy of the commons” scientific phenomena. How environmentally friendly is your home? Figure out with a quick conservation quiz.
LESSON 2: Practice the concepts of recycle and reuse using household items creatively. Explore social activism by developing a proposal and design for a sustainability project in your home, school, or neighborhood.
The Awesome Oyster (Recommended for grades 4-8)
LESSON 1: What is an invertebrate? Identify the East River’s local invertebrates by using a scientific tool, a dichotomous key.
LESSON 2: Practice observing trends in scientific oyster restoration data and calculating mean, median, and mode.
Trees of Brooklyn Bridge Park (Recommended for grades K-1)
LESSON 1: Learn the parts of a plant and plant life cycle with a fun art project and a make-your-own storybook.
LESSON 2: Discover the different shapes and colors of NYC tree leaves and play a fun game of “guess who” with a nature twist.
Weather on the Water (Recommended for grades K-1)
LESSON 1: An introduction to solid, liquids, and gases and the role these play in weather & the water cycle. Practice writing weather words and identifying different weather images.
LESSON 2: Discover the reasons we have seasons! Grab your family members (or some stuffed animals) to help build a human model of earth’s rotation around the sun. Or cut and color a diagram illustrating earth’s orbit and seasons.
Access a fun activity packet for families to celebrate the 137th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge from home. This packed includes bridge building challenges, art & writing prompts, and lots of great visuals.
Click here to access a fun activity book, reminding you of some of our favorite park places. In stressful times like these, coloring is a great activity for kids AND adults.
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Access family-friendly arts and crafts that you can easily do from home. These crafts are based on Environmental Education Center Open Hours monthly themes.
- New! Pollination Theme – Build a Bee Craft
- Pollination Theme – Parts of a Flower Craft
- Brooklyn Bridge Model Craft
- Woodlands Theme – Origami Bookmark Craft
- Woodlands Theme – Squirrel Craft
- Woodlands Theme – Porcupine Craft
- Plant Theme – Vegetable Garden Craft
- Plant Theme – Flower Pot Craft
- Sustainability Theme – Recycled Magazine Mosaic
- Bird Theme – Bird’s Nest Craft
Access coloring sheets featuring the marine and land animals of Brooklyn Bridge Park. These coloring sheets will help you learn about and celebrate the ecology of the waterfront, based on illustrative posters designed for our Environmental Education Center. Original illustrations by Nim Lee.
Click here to access a set of engaging activities you can do from your home and neighborhood to learn about pollination.
Click here to access arts and crafts based on our annual Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival. Our crafts are designed to be easy and approachable for families to undertake with young kids at home.