Field Trips

AESS conference field trips offer attendees a chance to explore on and off-campus sights in and around New York City. From urban roof garden tours to kayaking, there’s something for everyone. Trips will require a minimum number to run. Costs will be paid on site. Interesting in being a trip guide? Make sure to RSVP during conference registration.

New York Botanical Garden Tour

  1. Good to know: guided tour = $45 per person
  2. Transportation = subway + Metro North RR ($19 round trip cost)

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Randalls Island 5-Boro Green Roof Tour

  1. Good to know: will require paid reservation for transportation and trip minimum to run
  2. Transportation = Pace Bus

Brooklyn Grange, Long Island City Rooftop Farm

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on three roofs in New York City, and grow over 80,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year.

Brooklyn Grange provides several key ecosystem services, and partners with numerous non-profit and community service organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

  1. Good to know: Standard Tour is $250/group up to 25 people and 60 minutes. Founder’s Tour is $400/group and 75 minutes. Groups of 4 or fewer may join a public tour.
  2. Transportation = Subway ($5.50 round trip)

Crop of Viele's Survey for Central Park showing map of Seneca Village
Crop of Viele's Survey for Central Park showing map of Seneca Village

Central Park Conservancy Tour of Seneca Village

Before New York City built Central Park, the area from West 83rd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American property owners in New York. Join us on this newly enhanced tour of the Seneca Village site and discover more about its history, the lives of its residents, and what recent archaeological discoveries reveal about this remarkable community and its place in 19th-century New York.

  1. Good to know: $15 per ticket
  2. Transportation = subway and walking ($5.50 round trip)

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.

  1. Good to know: Admission is free
  2. Transportation = subway ($5.50 round trip)

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The High Line

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.

  1. Good to know: Guided, scheduled tours available at $250 for 1-12 people and can accommodate groups up to 40 people (price increases with group size). Tours are 75 minutes long.
  2. Transportation = subway ($5.50 round trip)

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Manhattan Kayak: Skyline Kayak Trip

  1. Good to know: Includes a 10-minute land lesson and 45-minute guided trip with great views of Manhattan’s skyline using safe and easy sit-on-top kayaks. SUP paddleboards are available only for those with Intermediate experience. This is an easy trip on the River, even for people of different fitness levels. Those who do not want to get into the water are free to relax on the garden patio.
  2. Fee = $70 per person
  3. Transportation = subway ($5.50 round trip)

"Behind the Scenes" at the American Museum of Natural History

  1. Good to know: $33 per person includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show
  2. Transportation = subway ($5.50 round trip)

This is a sampling of possible trips. Trips may not run if there is not sufficient interest. In general, breakfast will on your own before trips leave from Pace. Participants will have the opportunity to eat lunch with their trip or on their own off-campus. Trips will be led by an AESS or Pace volunteer.