Discover history that shapes our city and our world.

Field trips at Four Freedoms Park provide grades 2-12 with hands-on explorations of wants and needs, rights and responsibilities, and international relations. Observe stunning city views, examine historic documents, and debate contemporary issues at one of New York's most moving outdoor spaces.

All trips meet New York City and New York State Learning Standards and the Common Core through deep observation, primary source learning, and persuasive writing. Field Trips are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from mid-October - November and April - June. Please note that capacity is limited to a maximum of 35 students on all tours. All field trips are RAIN or SHINE. Please see our weather policy for details.


FREEDOM FROM WANT: Community Needs Then & Now
Grades 2-12

How has New York cared for its citizens over time? Decode city views, primary source documents, and accounts from real New Yorkers to discover how the city met the wants and needs of low-income families from the early 1900s to the present day.

Duration: 75 Minutes (approx.)
Capacity: 35 Students Maximum

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FREEDOM FROM FEAR: Building a World of Rights
Grades 4-12

What freedoms belong to all people, everywhere in the world? Listen to historic speeches and analyze political cartoons to understand international relations before, during, and after the United Nations. Then use the park as a world stage to debate international affairs, historically and today.

Duration: 75 Minutes (approx.)
Capacity: 35 Students Maximum


Grades 4-12

What does it mean to be free? Investigate the centrality of the First Amendment to FDR’s four freedoms. Then debate the importance of freedom of speech and worship, as well as their limits, through an exploration of primary sources, relevant Supreme Court cases, and current events.

Duration: 75 Minutes (approx.)
Capacity: 35 Students Maximum

Seeking additional financial assistance? A select number of FULL COST waivers are available to schools able to bring photo release forms for each student signed by their parent or guardian. Please contact for more information.  

Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring sunblock, and dress for the weather.