The Newtown Creek Alliance is committed to education for all ages, young and old. With all of the potential young stewards in our communities we wanted to create learning tools that could bring the Creek into the Classroom and the Classroom out to the Creek. We are all a part of the Urban Environment and what better way to help care for it than to teach our young people about it in our local schools.

For the 2018-2019 school year we were fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with the National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint EcoSchools to pilot our new STEM Urban Ecology curriculum in the four Greenpoint Public schools, PS 31, PS 34, PS 110, and MS 126.*

The curriculum you will find here has been designed to suit elementary or middle school aged students but can be easily adapted for any age. We explore topics such as Flora and Fauna relationships, invasive and native species, topography, water and soil quality, ecological health, legacy and ongoing pollution sources and more.


You can download all four of the Units plus the Introduction as a whole or each individually. We are developing many additional resources to aid in the teaching of these Units which will all eventually be available on this page for viewing and download.

Each Unit has a Field Lesson built into it and we here at NCA are available as Field Site experts to guide classes of all ages through the activities outlined and to be guest lecturers for your students. The Units each culminate in a design based applied learning project so that young learners have the ability to try their hand at applying their new knowledge to systems based solutions.

Download the individual modules below:

1. Intro + Field Trips

2. Flora & Fauna

3. Water Quality

4. Watershed & Sewershed

5. Soil Quality

6. Glossary

If you want to book a Field Trip with NCA or provide feedback on any of the materials we have developed here please email us at

*This curriculum was originally created by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Urban Memory Project then adapted to its current form by NCA for teachers to use the Newtown Creek and its watershed as a teaching tool and learning environment. The lessons were reviewed and tested with assistance from the National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools with funding provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.