“Go Green” at The New York Transit Museum

by NYC Firm Schools on April 21, 2010

In celebration of Earth Day 2010, the New York Transit Museum ushers in a new “school program” that demonstrates why using public transit is good for the earth.

A joint effort of the New York Transit Museum and Streets Education, “Go Green” combines an on-site tour at the Museum with on-line lessons about carbon footprints, city streets, and public transit, that are posted on
the Museum’s education website www.transitmuseumeducation.org. This fun and powerful learning sequence aims to teach New York’s 4th and 5th graders the importance of sustainable transportation.

Anchoring this new school program is a visit to the New York Transit Museum. The Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station in downtown Brooklyn. By guiding students through the development of the city’s transit systems and discussing the pro’s and con’s of historic modes of transportation including horse-drawn omnibuses, elevated trains and subways, this program aims to instill an awareness and appreciation of the impact transportation choices have on the environment.

Four additional lesson plans, downloadable from the Museum’s website, support the green message. NYC private and public school classroom teachers may introduce these lessons to their students independently, according to their own schedules. In this way, the New York Transit Museum’s “Go Green” school program offers NYC’s teachers an all-in-one way to connect mass transit to a healthier earth.

“Go Green” is a program of the New York Transit Museum for 4th and 5th grade classes. The lesson plans can be found at www.transitmuseumeducation.org. To reserve a “Go Green” on-site visit to the Museum, call (718) 694-1873. The cost of an on-site visit is $3/student and $5/adult chaperone. “Go Green” will be available to teachers starting on Earth Day 2010, and through the 2010-11 school year.

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