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Education

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT WOODLAWN

Educational opportunities abound at Woodlawn. We are committed to fostering a connection between the past and the present by creating educational content and learning opportunities for people of all ages. The learning experience at Woodlawn is enriched by history, biography, architecture, art, and music. Our beautiful, peaceful and historical grounds offer the perfect setting for inspiring, instructor-led programs as well as individual study opportunities.
A visit to Woodlawn can teach about such diverse topics as Greek and Roman architecture, geometry, tree identification, the rainwater cycle, the women’s rights movement, the Harlem Renaissance, jazz history and much more. In addition, programs at Woodlawn offer more intangible lessons of the value of persistence and the humanizing influence of art and music. Woodlawn offers many educational opportunities including:

WOODLAWN STUDENT LEADERSHIP & LEGACY PROGRAM

The Woodlawn Student Leadership & Legacy Program aims to use the past to build future leaders through mentorship, community service and a curriculum inspired by its notable figures. By partnering students with current mentor and hockey great Stephane Matteau, the program will provide examples of legacies for students to be inspired by and aspire to emulate. The Woodlawn Student Leadership and Legacy Program will educate and create great leaders for the next generation.

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FIELD TRIPS

Woodlawn offers a variety of field trips for school-aged children of all ages. The Women of Greatness and Black & Latino Men of Greatness field trips introduce students to some of our notable women’s leaders and men of minority background who have changed our world. Students will experience an interactive journey through history and be inspired by these leaders. Activity books are available for both younger and older students.As students tour the Cemetery on the Woodlawn Conservancy Trolley, they will view short videos about each of these leaders and then visit their final resting place.

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TREE IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM

Woodlawn is an “Urban Forest,” a certified Level II Arboretum, where students and lifelong learners have the opportunity to discover over 140 species through our Tree Identification Program. From a self-guided tree tour available by download to school field trip opportunities and scavenger hunts, Woodlawn is designated to educating students of all ages on the more than 150 varieties of trees which beautify our grounds.

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PRESERVATION TRAINING PROGRAM

Woodlawn’s Preservation Training Program offers career and workforce development for students in our community. In partnership with the International Masonry Institute and World Monuments Fund, the programs trains young people to take care of historic structures and transitions them into the work force. Held each spring on the grounds of The Woodlawn Cemetery, the Preservation Training Program employs an enthusiastic group of high school graduates ages 18-24 to study the art of masonry restoration under the supervision of a Resident Craftsman and Architectural Conservator.

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Woodlawn partners with the New York City Department of Education to offer a 6-week Work-Based Learning Program. Throughout the year, high school, college and graduate level students work at Woodlawn to earn academic credit, perform community service hours and are offered paid internships through grant funded programs.The program introduces the students to careers in history and historic preservation. Students learn to use proper methods to expose gravestones and tablets, photograph the works, document and clean the works.

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SUMMER CAMP

Woodlawn offers summer educational camps for children. Learning at Woodlawn is fun and connects students with the past in an unforgettable way. At Camp Woodlawn, children make music and art, learn about the natural world, and explore the history of our great neighborhood and city — in a small-group setting and with experienced and caring instructors. And it all takes place on our beautiful 400-acre campus, just a short walk from most of Woodlawn Heights.

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