The Greenkill Outdoor Education Center provides safe and educational programs for students through a holistic approach that tailors each trip to a school’s specific needs. Our professional staff meet their students’ grade level, learning style and build interest and enthusiasm to effectively teach.
Through guided discovery, communal living, hands on exploration, and engaging their peers, students will build character development and learn the interrelationships that exist socially and in nature.
Our classes are supportive tools for teachers to use as an extension or as a complement to the traditional in-school curriculum. All classes adhere to New York State Department of Education standards and can be easily tailored to meet specific needs of teachers and students.
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We use our 8,000 square foot education building purely as a supplement to our real classroom: the 1,150 acres of diverse flora & fauna, and habitat. We focus on the following program areas:
Teamwork and communication are the backbone of all of our programs but, specifically in our challenge education programs. Teambuilding activities provide a catalyst for students to work together to achieve a series of common goals. The seven elements of our High Ropes Course serve to build group support. The Low Ropes Course offers high rope elements on the ground in order to incorporate even more teambuilding. We also have high elements designed specifically for teambuilding. All of these activities are meant to teach about communication, leadership, support for others, and in general group dynamics, all the while building character in the individuals as well as the group.
Hands on exploration of our outdoor classroom allows students to investigate the habitats and organisms within them. Classes offered include water ecology, forest ecology, wildlife studies, geology, ornithology, hikes, tracking, and winter ecology.
One of the first steps in cultivating awareness and appreciation for the natural environment is enjoying and feeling comfortable outdoors. Here is the opportunity for youth, so often removed from the outdoors, to participate in elements that include map & compass, orienteering, survival, mountain hikes, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Who We Serve
Located six miles north of the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania border, Greenkill serves schools and organizations throughout the northeast. Greenkill’s curriculum is adaptable for any age and learning style. We serve elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the year.