Since 1992, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) has been working to ensure that local children go outside and play at Randall’s Island Park. Our Urban Farm Education Program and Waterfront Stewardship Education Program are two wonderful and free field trip options that Randall’s Island offers for hands on scientific learning. Both align with New York State Scope and Sequence and Common Core Standards and can be tailored to most age groups.
Education Programs FAQs
Both programs are absolutely free! The only associated cost is the $8 toll, which is a one-way fee on the RFK Triborough Bridge.
Urban Farm: Spring trips run from the second week in April through the last day to reserve buses from pupil transportation in June.
Waterfront Stewardship Program: Spring field trips run from April 1st through the last day to reserve buses from pupil transportation in June.
Both Programs: Summer trips run from the last day of school in June to the first day of school in September.
Both Programs: Fall field trips begin on the first available date to reserve buses from pupil transportation (usually in October) through the first week in November.
Our in class visits begin on March 1st in the spring, and the first day of school in September for the fall. We do not have in-class visits in the summer. In-class visits are one hour long, typically from 9 AM-10 AM.
Both programs host students of all ages from Kindergarten through 12th grade. If you are interested in bringing out pre-k students or college students, please reach out to us, as we may be able to accommodate you!
Urban Farm: The Urban Farm can accommodate 40 students during a field trip. If you would like to bring more than 40 students, you must request additional dates.
Waterfront Stewardship Program: Due to space and staff limitations, we can only accommodate 50 students per field trip. If you would like to bring out more, you can request an additional date, but keep in mind that space is limited and we may not be able to accommodate multiple groups.
Both the Urban Farm and the Waterfront Stewardship education program align with New York State Scope and Sequence and Common Core Standards, and can be tailored to most age groups.
In the case of inclement weather, we are available rain or shine, but we find that teachers know best what their students are able to tolerate. Please keep in mind that if you do decide to cancel, we may not be able to reschedule your trip.