Earth Expeditions – Spring 2020

Aerial view of the Sands Point Preserve


Earth Expeditions is an after-school interdisciplinary program, unique to the Sands Point Preserve, for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  The program features an original curriculum of science, the arts, and wellness through hands-on activities and exploration across the preserve. Utilizing all of the resources that the former Guggenheim Estate offers, including the magnificent forest, beachfront, and pond, students will explore the outdoors extensively to study wildlife and ecosystems; discover environmental conservation practices; conduct surveys and gather data useful for both local and international research as Citizen Scientists; create visual art projects with sustainable natural materials; and write from their hearts – all in the healthful setting of the preserve.

Three wonderful educators will work with students in small groups, to encourage individualized learning, collaboration, and creativity. An excellent enrichment experience for students who wish to expand their studies beyond the classrooms and screens – to explore the earth in all its dimensions and, ultimately, have a positive impact on our global future.

Inspired by historical polymaths like Leonardo da Vinci, we’ll cultivate students’ innate gifts and discover young artists, inventors, and explorers in the process. – Program Co-Creator and Educator Hildur Palsdottir

Two Spring 2020 sessions, six one-hour classes per session:
Mondays at 4-5 PM
– Session I: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
– Session II: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1  (no class on May 25)

Register for one or both sessions:
$210 for one session ($35/session)
$360 for both sessions ($30/session)
Scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, please contact the Conservancy’s Education Manager Tracy Strianese at 516.570.2185 and

About the Educators
Dr. Hildur Palsdottir, Lead Teacher for Natural Sciences, Experiential Learning & Mindfulness
Antonia Fthenakis, MFA, Lead Teacher for Sustainable Art
David Jakim, MS/MA, Lead Teacher for Ecology and Environmental Literacy
Max Goldman, Schreiber High School Junior, Assistant Educator & Mentor

Antonia and David are also NY State certified secondary education teachers.