SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT GREEN-WOOD

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Green-Wood is proud to offer a new menu of standards-based educational programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students. Your students will experience the history, art, and natural beauty of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cemetery, and most unique historical landmark! And now you can also invite our educators to your classroom for pre- and post-visit lessons that will greatly enhance students’ time spent on our grounds.

Programs fill quickly. Click “book now” below to register!

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Get tickets for our Chancellor’s Day Teacher Trolley Tours on June 4th!

Please Note: Our teacher open house on April 23rd has been canceled.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Booth Ferris Foundation.

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What kinds of programs do we offer?

Field Trips

Our educators will lead your class through an inquiry-based program at Green-Wood on foot or using our historic trolley. Most walking programs are 90 minutes, with the exceptions of our Seasonal Nature Walk and March to Battle Hill programs, which are 75 minutes. All trolley programs are 2 hours. Every program takes students to several fascinating, thematically-related sites within the Cemetery where they will engage in hands-on learning that supports classroom curricula. Green-Wood programs include discussion, inquiry-based exploration, and a hands-on component. Depending on the subject, field trips include primary source analysis, writing, drawing, and/or gathering scientific data, depending on the program theme. All programs are tailored to specific grade levels, and support a variety of local, state, and national standards.

Trolley programs and our Seasonal Nature Walk take place year-round. All other walking programs are offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer.

For more on these programs, please jump to our list of on-site field trip options at the bottom of this page.

Download our 2019-2020 School Programs brochure!

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    Classroom Pre- and Post-Visit Lessons

    Bring one of Green-Wood’s educators to your classroom for a pre- or post-visit lesson to accompany your field trip to the Cemetery! Our educators will bring all the materials for each 50-minute lesson and will engage your students in essential learning to prepare for their visit or contextualize it afterward.

    Pre-lessons include a visual presentation of the Cemetery and its history, and hands-on exploration of primary source materials to support the field trip experience. Booking a pre-lesson will best prepare your class to maximize their time on site during their School Program.

    Post-lessons engage students in a hands-on project that allows them to “teach back” and creatively express their takeaways from visiting the Cemetery. Post-lessons ensure the learning continues beyond our gates.

    You will have the option to book a pre-visit and/or post-visit when you reserve a field trip.

    School Partnership

    Green-Wood is proud to offer a limited number of free programs to Title 1 schools that can commit to bringing at least one 4th, 7th, or 11th grade class to Green-Wood for multiple programs, and to bringing our educators to their classrooms for pre- and post-field trip lessons. If you are interested in learning more about being a partner school, please email Rachel Walman at rwalman@green-wood.com or call 718-210-3060.

    Program Topics (click to expand)

    Program Rates

    Title 1Public/ParochialPrivate/non-NYC
    Walking Program (90 minutes)175225300
    Pre/Post Classroom Visit (50 minutes)125150175
    Trolley Program (120 minutes)250325400
    Seasonal Nature Walk/March to Battle Hill (75 minutes)150200250

    Other Program Information

    Registration

    Our registration process has changed. To register for any program, click “book now.” Programs may be booked and paid for online by credit card two weeks or more in advance. If you wish to pay by check or purchase order please call 718-210-3060 to book your program. All payments are due two weeks prior to your program.

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    Group Size

    Programs can accommodate up to thirty-five people. For Pre-K and K groups, there must be one chaperone for every ten students. For grades 1-12, there must be one chaperone for every fifteen students. For in-school programs, you must book one program for each class.

    Special Needs

    Please tell us any relevant information that will help us make your program a success. Please note that though our trolley is wheelchair accessible, none of Green-Wood’s programs are completely ADA compliant.

    Lunch

    Please note that Green-Wood does not provide storage for belongings, including lunch, other than on the trolley. If you wish to have your class eat lunch at Green-Wood, please state this in the notes when you book your program, and our staff will contact you to confirm. School groups eating lunch at Green-Wood must respect our space and keep it clean. Green-Wood educators are not able to remain with groups while they eat. All food and drinks except water must be sealed and put away during programs.

    Before your class visits Green-Wood, please download this FAQ and Policies document (coming soon).

    Education Staff and Contacts

    Rachel Walman
    Director of Education
    718-210-3060
    rwalman@green-wood.com

    Minna Nizam
    School Programs Educator
    718-210-3058
    mnizam@green-wood.com

    For the fastest reply, please email education@green-wood.com

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    Reschedule and Cancellation Policy

    Green-Wood School Programs take place completely outdoors (except while students are on the trolley), rain or shine. Programs will be cancelled and rescheduled only due to severe weather. If Green-Wood cancels your program, we will either reschedule it or refund you in full.

    If for any reason you wish to reschedule your program for no additional fee, please email us two weeks before your program date. Green-Wood will make every effort to reschedule your program if requested, though reschedule dates are subject to availability.

    If you wish to cancel your program and receive a full refund, please email us at least three weeks before your program. Cancellations will be 50% refunded if made between 20 days and 48 hours prior to the program date/start time.

    In order to avoid errors, cancellations and reschedules requests MUST be made via email. Green-Wood does not accept cancellations or reschedules made by telephone, phone message, or word-of-mouth by Green-Wood educators.

    If Offices of Pupil Transportation cancel buses for field trips, your principal cancels field trips, or schools close on the date of your program: you have one week to email and reschedule the program at no additional fee. If no reschedule date works for you, we will refund you in full.

    Program fees will NOT be refunded if:

    • A cancellation is requested fewer than 48 hours prior to the program date/start time. OR
    • You fail to arrive on the date of your program. OR
    • You receive a shortened program due to late arrival or arrival at the wrong place in the Cemetery. OR
    • You arrive for your program during a different time slot than you reserved and we are unable to accommodate you. We will make every effort to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee it.

    Getting Here

    Please note that Green-Wood’s School Programs now have several different starting locations. Please see this page for public transportation and driving directions for each of our programs.