From naval history to sustainable architecture to innovations in manufacturing, there are a wide range of private group tour programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, Turnstile Tours offers tours that can be adapted to complement the goals of your group visit, whether for a family outing, corporate retreat, K-12 customized school group, or specialized tours for undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional development programs. Discounted rates are available for non-profit organizations and educational institutions for all group tours and programs offered by BLDG 92 and Turnstile Tours.

Click the links below to view information about different group tour options at the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

Private Groups & IndividualsAcademic & Professional GroupsK-12 Students


BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TOURS FOR PRIVATE GROUPS

Aerial perspective of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with industrial buildings and dry docks along Wallabout Bay. Manhattan is in the background.Turnstile Tours offers group tour packages and customized itineraries on behalf of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 that range in theme from World War II and maritime history to sustainable architecture and 21st-century manufacturing practices. The 1-hour, 1.5-hour, and 2-hour tours highlighted below explore the 300-acre (126-hectare) historic Yard that is today a city-owned industrial park home to more than 330 businesses. Any of these tour programs can be adapted based on your interests and goals for one visit or multiple visits. Packages are also available and can include guided or self-guided explorations of the exhibits at BLDG 92, pre-ordered lunches, and customized half-day or full-day itineraries of Brooklyn (contact us for a proposal and pricing information).

Tour Programs:

A man holds up an image as he sits in front of an industrial crane and people smile as they look on⚓ Past, Present & Future Tour

For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting Naval ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks and is home to over 330 industrial and creative businesses. This guided tour explores the vast 300-acre (126-hectare) property along Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront and offers opportunities to take a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites, including a dry dock that’s been used for ship repair since 1851, historic buildings that are being adaptively reused for industrial purposes, and the Green Manufacturing Center, a future hub for the development of new products and technologies. Oral history clips and historical photographs from the site’s Naval past, as well as stories of industrial innovators at the Yard today, will also be included on this tour. While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at several locations throughout the Yard to take a closer look.

Wind turbines on top of an aluminum building🏢 Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour

Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. On this tour, you will learn about many of the yard’s green initiatives, including adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, alternative energy projects, green infrastructure for managing storm water runoff, and sustainable practices in manufacturing employed by some of the Yard’s 330+ tenants. We will also discuss many of the major development projects currently underway at the Yard, which is undergoing its greatest period of investment and redevelopment since World War II. The tour will cover most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the historic Dry Dock No. 1, built in 1851 and still in use for commercial ship repair, the nation’s first green multi-story industrial building, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

USS Menges and USS Holder being repaired in dry dock 5 or 6, 1944🚢 World War II Tour

The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Not only did the Yard construct the USS Arizona a generation before the war, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but it is also where the battleship Missouri was constructed, where the peace treaty ending the war was signed in 1945. Thanks to the efforts of its 70,000 workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became the world’s busiest shipyard, earning the nickname “The Can-Do Yard” for its ability to patch up wounded ships and put them back in action.

This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1. Throughout the tour, we listen to clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers who were at the Yard during the war, including from women working in industrial jobs, and from people of color, for whom the war presented both challenges and new opportunities. This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war – a place of tremendous energy, innovation, and achievement, but tempered by terrible loss. While we use a bus to get you from place to place, we provide opportunities for everyone to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at historically significant sites.

🌻 Urban Ecology Tour

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. The highlight of the tour is the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, including an extensive green rooftop and one of the largest rooftop solar installations in New York City.

Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit New York City’s newest green space, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a meadow designed to restore the natural habitat, provide a space for environmental education, and commemorate the thousands of sailors, Marines, and others once interred at the site.

This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

A museum exhibit that includes a series of photographs and videos to the right and an exhibit case with commercial products to the left

⚓ Explore the Exhibits at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

BLDG 92 offers three floors of exhibits about the past, present, and future of the Yard. The galleries are open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm, and admission is always free. If you would like to incorporate a 1-hour guided tour of the exhibits into your visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, that can be arranged, subject to availability.

 

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are available for 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours.

The tours are designed to be 2 hours in length, so only the full 2-hour tour will include all the sites and themes listed in the description. We are happy to discuss any modification to the tour in order to accommodate your desired itinerary.

All rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours and a map of the site. Bus tours include a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and bicycle tours include a bicycle safety sweep in addition to the tour guide.

All tours require a minimum of 15 participants or equivalent payment.

2-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle):

  • Standard Rate: $30 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $27 per person

1.5-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $24 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $21.60 per person

1-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $18 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $16 per person

1-Hour BLDG 92 Exhibit Tour at BLDG 92: Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and an exhibit pamphlet.

  • Standard Rate for all groups: $5 per person (minimum of 10 people)

Customized Itineraries and Tour Packages: Please contact us for customized requests and quotes.

Groups that provide their own bus transportation will receive a discount. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard covers 300 acres, so transportation by bus or bicycle is required to get around the site safely and efficiently. The Yard is a secure industrial park, and their is no public access except for Yard tenants, their guests, and tour participants accompanied by a guide.

Tours using BNYDC Bus:

All tours can be offered year-round using the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s 32-passenger bus for private group tours. The BNYDC bus is generally available during the following times (subject to availability):

  • Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-1pm
  • Monday-Tuesday 10:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday-Friday 2:30-3:30pm
  • These times apply during the academic year; more dates are available during summer months

Tours using Private Buses:

For groups of 33 or more people, or if the BNYDC bus is unavailable, Turnstile Tours can charter private buses seven days per week, subject to availability, but please note that pricing will differ based on charter rental fees. Groups may also provide their own bus transportation and will receive a discount on group rates. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard and be accompanied by a tour guide.

Tours by bicycle: 

All tours can be offered by bicycle only on Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours. Groups must provide their own bicycles, and everyone must wear safety helmets in order to participate. Upon request, Turnstile Tours can arrange for bicycle rentals and safety gear with partner bicycle rental companies.

Private tours require a minimum of 15 participants, or equivalent payment. Tours that utilize the Brooklyn Navy Yard bus are restricted to 32 participants. We can accommodate larger groups, including coach buses.

For groups visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we can arrange for catered lunch from nearby establishments in a private room, which can accommodate up to 60 guests.

Please contact us for information on menu options and pricing.

Click here to fill out an inquiry formwhich will help us to better serve your needs. We are usually able to respond to your inquiry within 2 business days.


BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TOURS FOR ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL GROUPS

Aerial perspective of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with industrial buildings and dry docks along Wallabout Bay. Manhattan is in the background.

Turnstile Tours offers group tour packages and customized itineraries on behalf of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 that range in theme from World War II and maritime history to sustainable architecture and 21st-century manufacturing practices. The 1-hour, 1.5-hour, and 2-hour tours highlighted below explore the 300-acre (126-hectare) historic Yard that is today a city-owned industrial park home to more than 330 businesses. Any of these tour programs can be adapted based on your interests and goals for one visit or multiple visits. Packages are also available and can include guided or self-guided explorations of the exhibits at BLDG 92, pre-ordered lunches, and customized half-day or full-day itineraries of Brooklyn (contact us for a proposal and pricing information).

Tour Programs:

A man holds up an image as he sits in front of an industrial crane and people smile as they look on⚓ Past, Present & Future Tour

For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting Naval ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks and is home to over 330 industrial and creative businesses. This guided tour explores the vast 300-acre (126-hectare) property along Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront and offers opportunities to take a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites, including a dry dock that’s been used for ship repair since 1851, historic buildings that are being adaptively reused for industrial purposes, and the Green Manufacturing Center, a future hub for the development of new products and technologies. Oral history clips and historical photographs from the site’s Naval past, as well as stories of industrial innovators at the Yard today, will also be included on this tour. While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at several locations throughout the Yard to take a closer look.

Wind turbines on top of an aluminum building🏢 Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour

Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. On this tour, you will learn about many of the yard’s green initiatives, including adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, alternative energy projects, green infrastructure for managing storm water runoff, and sustainable practices in manufacturing employed by some of the Yard’s 330+ tenants. We will also discuss many of the major development projects currently underway at the Yard, which is undergoing its greatest period of investment and redevelopment since World War II. The tour will cover most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the historic Dry Dock No. 1, built in 1851 and still in use for commercial ship repair, the nation’s first green multi-story industrial building, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

USS Menges and USS Holder being repaired in dry dock 5 or 6, 1944🚢 World War II Tour

The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Not only did the Yard construct the USS Arizona a generation before the war, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but it is also where the battleship Missouri was constructed, where the peace treaty ending the war was signed in 1945. Thanks to the efforts of its 70,000 workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became the world’s busiest shipyard, earning the nickname “The Can-Do Yard” for its ability to patch up wounded ships and put them back in action.

This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1. Throughout the tour, we listen to clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers who were at the Yard during the war, including from women working in industrial jobs, and from people of color, for whom the war presented both challenges and new opportunities. This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war – a place of tremendous energy, innovation, and achievement, but tempered by terrible loss. While we use a bus to get you from place to place, we provide opportunities for everyone to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at historically significant sites.

🌻 Urban Ecology Tour

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. The highlight of the tour is the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, including an extensive green rooftop and one of the largest rooftop solar installations in New York City.

Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit New York City’s newest green space, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a meadow designed to restore the natural habitat, provide a space for environmental education, and commemorate the thousands of sailors, Marines, and others once interred at the site.

This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

A museum exhibit that includes a series of photographs and videos to the right and an exhibit case with commercial products to the left

⚓ Explore the Exhibits at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

BLDG 92 offers three floors of exhibits about the past, present, and future of the Yard. The galleries are open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm, and admission is always free. If you would like to incorporate a 1-hour guided tour of the exhibits into your visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, that can be arranged, subject to availability.

 

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are available for 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours.

The tours are designed to be 2 hours in length, so only the full 2-hour tour will include all the sites and themes listed in the description. We are happy to discuss any modification to the tour in order to accommodate your desired itinerary.

All rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours and a map of the site. Bus tours include a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and bicycle tours include a bicycle safety sweep in addition to the tour guide.

All tours require a minimum of 15 participants or equivalent payment.

2-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle):

  • Standard Rate: $30 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $27 per person

1.5-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $24 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $21.60 per person

1-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $18 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $16 per person

1-Hour BLDG 92 Exhibit Tour at BLDG 92: Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and an exhibit pamphlet.

  • Standard Rate for all groups: $5 per person (minimum of 10 people)

Customized Itineraries and Tour Packages: Please contact us for customized requests and quotes.

Groups that provide their own bus transportation will receive a discount. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard covers 300 acres, so transportation by bus or bicycle is required to get around the site safely and efficiently. The Yard is a secure industrial park, and their is no public access except for Yard tenants, their guests, and tour participants accompanied by a guide.

Tours using BNYDC Bus:

All tours can be offered year-round using the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s 32-passenger bus for private group tours. The BNYDC bus is generally available during the following times (subject to availability):

  • Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-1pm
  • Monday-Tuesday 10:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday-Friday 2:30-3:30pm
  • These times apply during the academic year; more dates are available during summer months

Tours using Private Buses:

For groups of 33 or more people, or if the BNYDC bus is unavailable, Turnstile Tours can charter private buses seven days per week, subject to availability, but please note that pricing will differ based on charter rental fees. Groups may also provide their own bus transportation and will receive a discount on group rates. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard and be accompanied by a tour guide.

Tours by bicycle: 

All tours can be offered by bicycle only on Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours. Groups must provide their own bicycles, and everyone must wear safety helmets in order to participate. Upon request, Turnstile Tours can arrange for bicycle rentals and safety gear with partner bicycle rental companies.

Private tours require a minimum of 15 participants, or equivalent payment. Tours that utilize the Brooklyn Navy Yard bus are restricted to 32 participants. We can accommodate larger groups, including coach buses.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours can be customized and adapted to focus on specific themes or areas of the Yard.

Past, Present & Future Tour:

  • Industrial history of Brooklyn’s waterfront
  • History of shipbuilding and technological advancements
  • Labor history on Brooklyn’s waterfront
  • Military history of New York City
  • Placemaking

Sustainable Architecture & Industry / Urban Ecology Tours*

  • LEED-certified building
  • Landscape architecture
  • Adaptive reuse of historic sites
  • Current redevelopment projects
  • Urban planning and Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront
  • Models for socially- and environmentally-responsible business practices
  • Industries, businesses, and manufacturers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard today
  • Economic development, employment programs, and community engagement
  • Marine and terrestrial ecosystems in an urban industrial setting
  • * Participants on these tours are eligible to receive American Institute of Architects Continuing Education credits.

World War II Tour:

  • Oral histories with former civilian and military personnel
  •  New York Harbor’s maritime industry and related infrastructure
  •  Labor history on Brooklyn’s waterfront
  • Issues of race, class, and gender in the armed forces and wartime workforce
  • Military history of New York City

Below are some testimonials from organizers of academically-focused tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

“Andrew at Turnstile Tours catered an amazing custom experience for my fellow classmates and I. We are all third-year M. Arch graduate students who were looking for some insider tips and unpublished intel on one of the many buildings in the Navy Yard in preparation for a studio project dealing with the building’s re-imagination and re-development. Andrew spent the full hour focused on the building in question, providing context but really diving deep into the specifics – which is just what we asked him to do. He was friendly and knowledgable and very willing to spend time answering our questions as they popped up. I would definitely recommend a custom tour with Turnstile like this for any academic group looking for more in-depth expert info about the Navy Yard.”

– Whitney Shanks, Parsons New School for Design

“I will say this about our tour: it had a profound effect on our production. Our production of On the Town could have felt as fanciful and as fictional as a fairytale but it found its grounding and its urgency in the visceral connections to the reality of WWII during our tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We spoke about the tour and the exhibits in BLDG 92 all the time in rehearsal and I’m grateful that we were able to begin our work together on the show through this remarkable experience.”  

– Virginia Anderson, Connecticut College

Select groups that have participated in specialized tours and programs:

  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • University of Pennsylvania Landscape Architecture Program
  • Etsy
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce
  • St. John’s University
  • Columbia University
  • NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • New York City College of Technology
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Colgate University Department of History
  • CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • CUNY Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies

Additional archival resources may be available depending on your area of study and interest. The bulk of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s archival collections consist of architectural drawings created when the Yard was a federal facility and mostly date to between the 1910s and 1960s. In most cases the BNY Archive does not have complete sets of drawings for each building or necessarily drawings that cover the lifespan of each building. Currently the archive is not able to host external researchers in person; however, we can provide digital copies of select drawings.

In making your request, please be as specific as possible regarding what you need, as requests such as “all drawings for building X” cannot be accommodated. Due to the high volume of requests, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation cannot guarantee an immediate response. While the primary mission of the archive is to support the day-to-day operations of BNYDC, archive staff endeavor to respond to all external inquiries within 10 business days. If several groups or students in one course are working on a project related to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, consolidated requests will ensure a more timely response.

For groups visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we can arrange for catered lunch from nearby establishments in a private room, which can accommodate up to 60 guests.

Please contact us for information on menu options and pricing.

Click here to fill out an inquiry formwhich will help us to better serve your needs. We are usually able to respond to your inquiry within 2 business days.


BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TOURS FOR K-12 SCHOOL & YOUTH GROUPS

Aerial perspective of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with industrial buildings and dry docks along Wallabout Bay. Manhattan is in the background.School programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard are offered by the Brooklyn Historical Society in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, and these tours are offered free of charge to New York City public schools. If you are interested in these programs, please click below:

>> Info on Brooklyn Historical Society Programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard <<

If no Brooklyn Historical Society programs are available, or if these programs do not fit your specific needs, please read below for more information on our programs.

Turnstile Tours offers group tour packages and customized itineraries on behalf of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 that range in theme from World War II and maritime history to sustainable architecture and 21st-century manufacturing practices. The 1-hour, 1.5-hour, and 2-hour tours highlighted below explore the 300-acre (126-hectare) historic Yard that is today a city-owned industrial park home to more than 330 businesses. Any of these tour programs can be adapted based on your interests and goals for one visit or multiple visits. Packages are also available and can include guided or self-guided explorations of the exhibits at BLDG 92, pre-ordered lunches, and customized half-day or full-day itineraries of Brooklyn (contact us for a proposal and pricing information).

Tour Programs:

A man holds up an image as he sits in front of an industrial crane and people smile as they look on⚓ Past, Present & Future Tour

For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting Naval ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks and is home to over 330 industrial and creative businesses. This guided tour explores the vast 300-acre (126-hectare) property along Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront and offers opportunities to take a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites, including a dry dock that’s been used for ship repair since 1851, historic buildings that are being adaptively reused for industrial purposes, and the Green Manufacturing Center, a future hub for the development of new products and technologies. Oral history clips and historical photographs from the site’s Naval past, as well as stories of industrial innovators at the Yard today, will also be included on this tour. While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at several locations throughout the Yard to take a closer look.

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🔎 Yard Inspectors

Ideal for groups K-5th grade, this 1-hour, hands-on exploration acquaints students with this working waterfront. Following clues to navigate the yard, students find FDNY fireboats, see a dry dock and simulate how it’s used to repair ships, and earn badges at the end as “certified” Yard Inspectors.

 

 

Wind turbines on top of an aluminum building

🏢 Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour

Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. On this tour, you will learn about many of the yard’s green initiatives, including adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, alternative energy projects, green infrastructure for managing storm water runoff, and sustainable practices in manufacturing employed by some of the Yard’s 330+ tenants. We will also discuss many of the major development projects currently underway at the Yard, which is undergoing its greatest period of investment and redevelopment since World War II. The tour will cover most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the historic Dry Dock No. 1, built in 1851 and still in use for commercial ship repair, the nation’s first green multi-story industrial building, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

USS Menges and USS Holder being repaired in dry dock 5 or 6, 1944🚢 World War II Tour

The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Not only did the Yard construct the USS Arizona a generation before the war, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but it is also where the battleship Missouri was constructed, where the peace treaty ending the war was signed in 1945. Thanks to the efforts of its 70,000 workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became the world’s busiest shipyard, earning the nickname “The Can-Do Yard” for its ability to patch up wounded ships and put them back in action.

This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1. Throughout the tour, we listen to clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers who were at the Yard during the war, including from women working in industrial jobs, and from people of color, for whom the war presented both challenges and new opportunities. This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war – a place of tremendous energy, innovation, and achievement, but tempered by terrible loss. While we use a bus to get you from place to place, we provide opportunities for everyone to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at historically significant sites.

🌻 Urban Ecology Tour

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. The highlight of the tour is the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, including an extensive green rooftop and one of the largest rooftop solar installations in New York City.

Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit New York City’s newest green space, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a meadow designed to restore the natural habitat, provide a space for environmental education, and commemorate the thousands of sailors, Marines, and others once interred at the site.

This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

A museum exhibit that includes a series of photographs and videos to the right and an exhibit case with commercial products to the left

⚓ Explore the Exhibits at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

BLDG 92 offers three floors of exhibits about the past, present, and future of the Yard. The galleries are open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm, and admission is always free. If you would like to incorporate a 1-hour guided tour of the exhibits into your visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, that can be arranged, subject to availability.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are available for 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours.

The tours are designed to be 2 hours in length, so only the full 2-hour tour will include all the sites and themes listed in the description. We are happy to discuss any modification to the tour in order to accommodate your desired itinerary.

All rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours and a map of the site. Bus tours include a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and bicycle tours include a bicycle safety sweep in addition to the tour guide.

All tours require a minimum of 15 participants or equivalent payment.

2-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle):

  • Standard Rate: $30 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $27 per person

1.5-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $24 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $21.60 per person

1-hour Tour (by bus or bicycle): 

  • Standard Rate: $18 per person
  • Non-profit & Educational Rate: $16 per person

1-Hour BLDG 92 Exhibit Tour at BLDG 92: Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and an exhibit pamphlet.

  • Standard Rate for all groups: $5 per person (minimum of 10 people)

Customized Itineraries and Tour Packages: Please contact us for customized requests and quotes.

Groups that provide their own bus transportation will receive a discount. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard covers 300 acres, so transportation by bus or bicycle is required to get around the site safely and efficiently. The Yard is a secure industrial park, and their is no public access except for Yard tenants, their guests, and tour participants accompanied by a guide.

Tours using BNYDC Bus:

All tours can be offered year-round using the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s 32-passenger bus for private group tours. The BNYDC bus is generally available during the following times (subject to availability):

  • Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-1pm
  • Monday-Tuesday 10:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday-Friday 2:30-3:30pm
  • These times apply during the academic year; more dates are available during summer months

Tours using Private Buses:

For groups of 33 or more people, or if the BNYDC bus is unavailable, Turnstile Tours can charter private buses seven days per week, subject to availability, but please note that pricing will differ based on charter rental fees. Groups may also provide their own bus transportation and will receive a discount on group rates. Private buses must provide proof of commercial vehicle insurance in order to enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard and be accompanied by a tour guide.

Tours by bicycle: 

All tours can be offered by bicycle only on Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours. Groups must provide their own bicycles, and everyone must wear safety helmets in order to participate. Upon request, Turnstile Tours can arrange for bicycle rentals and safety gear with partner bicycle rental companies.

Private tours require a minimum of 15 participants, or equivalent payment. Tours that utilize the Brooklyn Navy Yard bus are restricted to 32 participants. We can accommodate larger groups, including coach buses.

All tours listed support educators’ efforts to achieve standards outlined by the Common Core in English language arts and literacy, including grade-appropriate skills and understandings in alignment with Grades 6-12 Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and with College and Career Readiness Standards for Speaking and Listening in both Comprehension and Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas.

While the Common Core has been adopted by over 40 states, social studies and science learning standards are still currently determined state by state; therefore, Turnstile Tours has used the New York State’s Social Studies Framework and New York State’s Science Learning Standards and Core Curriculum as a point of reference regarding content. Please click the tabs for specific information regarding content.

This tour supports the following Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings of the New York State Framework for Social Studies:

UNIFYING SOCIAL STUDIES THEMES FOR K-12:

  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Geography, Humans, and the Environment
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Civic Ideals and Practices
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Global Connections and Exchange

GRADE 4: NEW YORK STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

4.3 COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD IN NEW YORK: European exploration led to the colonization of the region that became New York State. Beginning in the early 1600s, colonial New York was home to people from many different countries. Colonial New York was important during the Revolutionary Period.

4.3d Growing conflicts between England and the 13 colonies over issues of political and economic rights led to the American Revolution. New York played a significant role during the Revolution, in part due to its geographic location.

4.6 WESTWARD MOVEMENT AND INDUSTRIALIZATION: New York State played an important role in the growth of the United States. During the 1800s, people traveled west looking for opportunities. Economic activities in New York State are varied and have changed over time, with improvements in transportation and technology.

4.6c Improved technology such, as the steam engine and the telegraph made transportation and communication faster and easier. Later developments in transportation and communication technology had an effect on communities, the State, and the world.

4.6f Between 1865 and 1915, rapid industrialization occurred in New York State. Over time, industries and manufacturing continued to grow.

4.6g As manufacturing moved out of New York State, service industries and high-technology industries have grown.

4.7 IMMIGRATION AND MIGRATION FROM THE EARLY 1800S TO THE PRESENT: Many people have immigrated and migrated to New York State contributing to its cultural growth and development.

4.7a Immigrants came to New York State for a variety of reasons. Many immigrants arriving in New York City were greeted by the sight of the Statue of Liberty and were processed through Ellis Island.

GRADE 8: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK STATE II

8.2 A CHANGING SOCIETY: Industrialization and immigration contributed to the urbanization of America. Problems resulting from these changes sparked the Progressive movement and increased calls for reform.

8.2a Technological developments changed the modes of production, and access to natural resources facilitated increased industrialization. The demand for labor in urban industrial areas resulted in increased migration from rural areas and a rapid increase in immigration to the United States. New York City became the nation’s largest city, and other cities in New York State also experienced growth at this time.

8.2b Population density, diversity, technologies, and industry in urban areas shaped the social, cultural, and economic lives of people.

8.6 WORLD WAR II: The aggression of the Axis powers threatened United States security and led to its entry into World War II. The nature and consequences of warfare during World War II transformed the United States and the global community. The damage from total warfare and atrocities such as the Holocaust led to a call for international efforts to protect human rights and prevent future wars.

8.6a Worldwide economic depression, militant nationalism, the rise of totalitarian rule, and the unsuccessful efforts of the League of Nations to preserve peace contributed to the outbreak of war in Europe and Asia.

8.6b From 1939 to 1941, the United States government tried to maintain neutrality while providing aid to Britain but was drawn into the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States fought a war on multiple fronts. At home, the economy was converted to war production, and essential resources were rationed to ensure adequate supplies for military use.

8.7 FOREIGN POLICY: The period after World War II has been characterized by an ideological and political struggle, first between the United States and communism during the Cold War, then between the United States and forces of instability in the Middle East. Increased economic interdependence and competition, as well as environmental concerns, are challenges faced by the United States.

8.7e Increased globalization has led to increased economic interdependence and competition.

8.8 DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: After World War II, the population of the United States rose sharply as a result of both natural increases and immigration. Population movements have resulted in changes to the American landscape and shifting political power. An aging population is affecting the economy and straining public resources.

8.8a After World War II, the United States experienced various shifts in population and demographics that resulted in social, political, and economic consequences.

GRADE 10: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY II 1914-Present 10.9 GLOBALIZATION AND A CHANGING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT (1990–PRESENT): Technological changes have resulted in a more interconnected world, affecting economic and political relations and in some cases leading to conflict and in others to efforts to cooperate. Globalization and population pressures have led to strains on the environment.

10.9a Technological changes in communication and transportation systems allow for instantaneous interconnections and new networks of exchange between people and places that have lessened the effects of time and distance.

10.9c Population pressures, industrialization, and urbanization have increased demands for limited natural resources and food resources, often straining the environment.

GRADE 11: UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT 11.5 INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION (1870 – 1920): The United States was transformed from an agrarian to an increasingly industrial and urbanized society. Although this transformation created new economic opportunities, it also created societal problems that were addressed by a variety of reform efforts.

11.5a New technologies and economic models created rapid industrial growth and transformed the United States.

11.5b Rapid industrialization and urbanization created significant challenges and societal problems that were addressed by a variety of reform efforts.

11.8. WORLD WAR II (1935 – 1945): The participation of the United States in World War II was a transformative event for the nation and its role in the world.

11.8b United States entry into World War II had a significant impact on American society.

11.11 THE UNITED STATES IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD (1990 – present) The United States’ political and economic status in the world has faced external and internal challenges related to international conflicts, economic competition, and globalization. Throughout this time period, the nation has continued to debate and define its role in the world.

11.11c Globalization and advances in technology have affected the United States economy and society.

GRADE 12: PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT AND CIVICS

12.E3 THE IMPACT OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: There are various economic systems in the world. The United States operates within a mixed, free market economy that is characterized by competition and a limited role of government in economic affairs. Economic policy makers face considerable challenges within a capitalist system, including unemployment, inflation, poverty, and environmental consequences. Globalization increases the complexity of these challenges significantly, and has exerted strong and transformative effects on workers and entrepreneurs in the United States economy.

12.E3a As the United States has evolved from an agrarian to an industrial to an information economy, the workplace requires a more highly skilled and educated workforce.

12.E3b The government’s evolving role in protecting property rights, regulating working conditions, protecting the right to bargain collectively, and reducing discrimination in the workplace has attempted to balance the power between workers and employers. This role shifts in response to government’s need to stimulate the economy balanced against the need to curb abusive business practices.

12.E3c The freedom of the United States economy encourages entrepreneurialism. This is an important factor behind economic growth that can lead to intended consequences (e.g., growth, competition, innovation, improved standard of living, productivity, specialization, trade, outsourcing, class mobility, positive externalities) and unintended consequences (e.g., recession, depression, trade, unemployment, outsourcing, generational poverty, income inequality, the challenges of class mobility, negative externalities.).

12.E3d A degree of regulation, oversight, or government control is necessary in some markets to ensure free and fair competition and to limit unintended consequences of American capitalism. Government attempts to protect the worker, ensure property rights, and to regulate the marketplace, as well as to promote income equality and social mobility, have had varied results.

12.G5 PUBLIC POLICY: All levels of government—local, state, and federal—are involved in shaping public policy and responding to public policy issues, all of which influence our lives beyond what appears in the Constitution. Engaged citizens understand how to find, monitor, evaluate, and respond to information on public policy issues.

12.G5c Successful implementation of government policy often requires cooperation between many levels of government, as well as the cooperation of other public and private institutions. Conflicts between different levels of government sometimes emerge due to different goals, ideas, and resources regarding the creation and implementation of policy.

12.E4 THE TOOLS OF ECONOMIC POLICY IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: Globalization and increased economic interdependence affect the United States economy significantly. The tools that the policy makers have available to address these issues are fiscal policy, monetary policy, and trade policy.

12.E4b The president and Congress determine fiscal policy by establishing the level of spending and taxing in the annual budget. Some tax programs are designed to provide incentives to individuals and businesses that influence private sector spending, saving, and investment.

This tour supports the following standards for Math, Science, and Technology (MST) in New York State and Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings of the New York State Framework for Social Studies:

MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS:

STANDARD 1: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

  • Key Idea: Engineering design is an iterative process involving modeling and optimization (finding the best solution within given constraints) which is used to develop technological solutions to problems within given constraints.

STANDARD 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Physical Setting:

  • Key Idea 2: Many of the phenomena that we observe on Earth involve interactions among components of air, water, and land.
  • Key Idea 4: Energy exists in many forms, and when these forms change energy is conserved.

Living Environment:

  • Key Idea 1: Living things are both similar to and different from each other and from nonliving things.
  • Key Idea 6: Plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment.
  • Key Idea 7: Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.

STANDARD 6: Interconnectedness: Common Themes – Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.

UNIFYING SOCIAL STUDIES THEMES FOR K-12:

  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Geography, Humans, and the Environment
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Civic Ideals and Practices
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Global Connections and Exchange

GRADE 8: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK STATE II

8.7 FOREIGN POLICY: The period after World War II has been characterized by an ideological and political struggle, first between the United States and communism during the Cold War, then between the United States and forces of instability in the Middle East. Increased economic interdependence and competition, as well as environmental concerns, are challenges faced by the United States.

8.7e Increased globalization has led to increased economic interdependence and competition.

8.8 DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: After World War II, the population of the United States rose sharply as a result of both natural increases and immigration. Population movements have resulted in changes to the American landscape and shifting political power. An aging population is affecting the economy and straining public resources.

8.8a After World War II, the United States experienced various shifts in population and demographics that resulted in social, political, and economic consequences.

8.8c Pollution, population growth, the consumption of natural resources, clearing of land for human sustenance, and large-scale industrialization have put added stress on the global environment.

GRADE 10: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY II Contemporary Issues:

10.9 GLOBALIZATION AND A CHANGING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT (1990–PRESENT): Technological changes have resulted in a more interconnected world, affecting economic and political relations and in some cases leading to conflict and in others to efforts to cooperate. Globalization and population pressures have led to strains on the environment.

10.9a Technological changes in communication and transportation systems allow for instantaneous interconnections and new networks of exchange between people and places that have lessened the effects of time and distance.

10.9c Population pressures, industrialization, and urbanization have increased demands for limited natural resources and food resources, often straining the environment.

GRADE 11: UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

11.8. WORLD WAR II (1935 – 1945): The participation of the United States in World War II was a transformative event for the nation and its role in the world.

11.8b United States entry into World War II had a significant impact on American society.

11.11 THE UNITED STATES IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD (1990 – present) The United States’ political and economic status in the world has faced external and internal challenges related to international conflicts, economic competition, and globalization. Throughout this time period, the nation has continued to debate and define its role in the world.

11.11c Globalization and advances in technology have affected the United States economy and society.

GRADE 12: PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT AND CIVICS

12.E3 THE IMPACT OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: There are various economic systems in the world. The United States operates within a mixed, free market economy that is characterized by competition and a limited role of government in economic affairs. Economic policy makers face considerable challenges within a capitalist system, including unemployment, inflation, poverty, and environmental consequences. Globalization increases the complexity of these challenges significantly, and has exerted strong and transformative effects on workers and entrepreneurs in the United States economy.

12.E3a As the United States has evolved from an agrarian to an industrial to an information economy, the workplace requires a more highly skilled and educated workforce.

12.E3b The government’s evolving role in protecting property rights, regulating working conditions, protecting the right to bargain collectively, and reducing discrimination in the workplace has attempted to balance the power between workers and employers. This role shifts in response to government’s need to stimulate the economy balanced against the need to curb abusive business practices.

12.E3c The freedom of the United States economy encourages entrepreneurialism. This is an important factor behind economic growth that can lead to intended consequences (e.g., growth, competition, innovation, improved standard of living, productivity, specialization, trade, outsourcing, class mobility, positive externalities) and unintended consequences (e.g., recession, depression, trade, unemployment, outsourcing, generational poverty, income inequality, the challenges of class mobility, negative externalities.).

12.E3d A degree of regulation, oversight, or government control is necessary in some markets to ensure free and fair competition and to limit unintended consequences of American capitalism. Government attempts to protect the worker, ensure property rights, and to regulate the marketplace, as well as to promote income equality and social mobility, have had varied results.

12.E4 THE TOOLS OF ECONOMIC POLICY IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: Globalization and increased economic interdependence affect the United States economy significantly. The tools that the policy makers have available to address these issues are fiscal policy, monetary policy, and trade policy.

12.E4b The president and Congress determine fiscal policy by establishing the level of spending and taxing in the annual budget. Some tax programs are designed to provide incentives to individuals and businesses that influence private sector spending, saving, and investment.

12.G5 PUBLIC POLICY: All levels of government—local, state, and federal—are involved in shaping public policy and responding to public policy issues, all of which influence our lives beyond what appears in the Constitution. Engaged citizens understand how to find, monitor, evaluate, and respond to information on public policy issues.

12.G5c Successful implementation of government policy often requires cooperation between many levels of government, as well as the cooperation of other public and private institutions. Conflicts between different levels of government sometimes emerge due to different goals, ideas, and resources regarding the creation and implementation of policy.

This tour supports the following Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings of the New York State Framework for Social Studies:

UNIFYING SOCIAL STUDIES THEMES FOR K-12:

  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Geography, Humans, and the Environment
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Civic Ideals and Practices
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Global Connections and Exchange

GRADE 8: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK STATE II

8.6 WORLD WAR II: The aggression of the Axis powers threatened United States security and led to its entry into World War II. The nature and consequences of warfare during World War II transformed the United States and the global community. The damage from total warfare and atrocities such as the Holocaust led to a call for international efforts to protect human rights and prevent future wars.

8.6a Worldwide economic depression, militant nationalism, the rise of totalitarian rule, and the unsuccessful efforts of the League of Nations to preserve peace contributed to the outbreak of war in Europe and Asia.

8.6b From 1939 to 1941, the United States government tried to maintain neutrality while providing aid to Britain but was drawn into the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States fought a war on multiple fronts. At home, the economy was converted to war production, and essential resources were rationed to ensure adequate supplies for military use.

GRADE 10: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY II

1750–1914: AN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS, INDUSTRIALIZATION, AND EMPIRES 10.4 IMPERIALISM: Western European interactions with Africa and Asia shifted from limited regional contacts along the coast to greater influence and connections throughout these regions. Competing industrialized states sought to control and transport raw materials and create new markets across the world.

10.4a European industrialized states and Japan sought to play a dominant role in the world and to control natural resources for political, economic, and cultural reasons.

10.4c International conflicts developed as imperial powers competed for control. Claims over land often resulted in borders being shifted on political maps, often with little regard for traditional cultures and commerce (e.g., Berlin Conference).

1914–present:

10.5 UNRESOLVED GLOBAL CONFLICT (1914–1945): World War I and World War II led to geopolitical changes, human and environmental devastation, and attempts to bring stability and peace.

10.5a International competition, fueled by nationalism, imperialism, and militarism along with shifts in the balance of power and alliances, led to world wars.

10.5b Technological developments increased the extent of damage and casualties in both World War I and World War II.

10.6 UNRESOLVED GLOBAL CONFLICT (1945–1991: THE COLD WAR): The second half of the 20th century was shaped by the Cold War, a legacy of World War II. The United States and the Soviet Union emerged as global superpowers engaged in ideological, political, economic, and military competition.

10.6b The Cold War was a period of confrontations and attempts at peaceful coexistence.

GRADE 11: UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

11.8. WORLD WAR II (1935 – 1945): The participation of the United States in World War II was a transformative event for the nation and its role in the world.

11.8a As situations overseas deteriorated, President Roosevelt’s leadership helped to move the nation from a policy of neutrality to a pro-Allied position and, ultimately, direct involvement in the war.

11.8b United States entry into World War II had a significant impact on American society.

11.10 SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE/DOMESTIC ISSUES (1945 – present): Racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities were addressed by individuals, groups, and organizations. Varying political philosophies prompted debates over the role of the federal government in regulating the economy and providing a social safety net.

11.10a After World War II, long-term demands for equality by African Americans led to the civil rights movement. The efforts of individuals, groups, and institutions helped to redefine African American civil rights, though numerous issues remain unresolved.

11.11 THE UNITED STATES IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD (1990 – present) The United States’ political and economic status in the world has faced external and internal challenges related to international conflicts, economic competition, and globalization. Throughout this time period, the nation has continued to debate and define its role in the world.

11.11c Globalization and advances in technology have affected the United States economy and society.

UNIFYING SOCIAL STUDIES THEMES FOR K-12 SUPPORTED BY TOUR:

  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Geography, Humans, and the Environment
  • Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Global Connections and Exchange

GRADES 1-3: Geography, Humans, and the Environment:

1.5 The location and place of physical features and man-made structures can be described and interpreted by using symbols and geographic vocabulary.

1.6 People and communities depend on and modify their physical environment in order to meet basic needs.

2.5 Geography and natural resources shape where and how urban, suburban, and rural communities develop and how they sustain themselves.

3.1 Geographic regions have unifying characteristics and can be studied using a variety of tools.

3.3 Geographic factors often influence where people settle and form communities. People adapt to and modify their environment in different ways to meet their needs.

Time, Continuity, and Change:

1.8 Historical sources reveal information about how life in the past differs from the present.

2.6 Identifying continuities and changes over time can help understand historical developments.

2.7 Cause-and-effect relationships help us recount events and understand historical development.

Economic Systems

2.9 A community requires the interdependence of many people performing a variety of jobs and services to provide basic needs and wants.

3.9 Communities meet their needs and wants in a variety of ways, forming the basis for their economy.

3.10 Each community develops an economic system that addresses three questions: what will be produced, how will it be produced, and who will get what is produced?

GRADE 4: NEW YORK STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

4.1 GEOGRAPHY OF NEW YORK STATE: New York State has a diverse geography. Various maps can be used to represent and examine the geography of New York State.

4.1a Physical and thematic maps can be used to explore New York State’s diverse geography.

4.6 WESTWARD MOVEMENT AND INDUSTRIALIZATION: New York State played an important role in the growth of the United States. During the 1800s, people traveled west looking for opportunities. Economic activities in New York State are varied and have changed over time, with improvements in transportation and technology.

4.6c Improved technology such, as the steam engine and the telegraph made transportation and communication faster and easier. Later developments in transportation and communication technology had an effect on communities, the State, and the world.

4.6f Between 1865 and 1915, rapid industrialization occurred in New York State. Over time, industries and manufacturing continued to grow.

5.7 ECONOMICS: The peoples of the Western Hemisphere have developed various ways to meet their needs and wants. Many of the countries of the Western Hemisphere trade with each other, as well as with other countries around the world.

5.7b Peoples of the Western Hemisphere have engaged in a variety of economic activities to meet their needs and wants.

5.7b Countries trade with other countries to meet economic needs and wants. They are interdependent.

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