About Us

“Into the Woods” is a program created by the Consolidated Edison, Queens College, GLOBE NY Metro Program as part of a four year NOAA Environmental Literacy grant. The program supports New York City Elementary School Teachers by enhancing content knowledge about the earth system as they extend their classrooms outdoors into nature. We train teachers to design and supervise grade-appropriate research projects using GLOBE protocols in local parks; support them during those projects; and host annual research symposia during which students present their work. Into the Woods’ template of immersing teachers and students in environmental research is becoming a national model for improving environmental literacy in all school systems.

Into the Woods starts with five Elementary GLOBE books that link science, math, and literacy. Fiction becomes reality during field training that use GLOBE books as blueprints for how teachers can guide their students to conduct their own research to enhance understanding of the environment. The classrooms continue to evolve into school stewardship and service learning in partnerships with parks and environmental organizations.

The NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education works in partnership with Into the Woods to connect teachers to the resources, materials, and strategies required to successfully implement environmental education, outdoor learning, service learning, and hands-on experiences across all grade levels and curriculum areas.

Into the woods drawing

Office Information

Director: Allan Ludman
Location: Queens Hall 258B
Phone: 718-997-3324
Associate Director: Peter Schmidt
Location: Queens Hall, 258B
Phone: 718-997-4268

Program Specialist: David Jakim
Phone: 516-509-3294

Service Learning Partner: Mary Leou
Phone: 212-998-5474

Service Learning Partner: Tania Goicoechea ​
Phone: 212-998-5464


David Jakim

Important Dates

2017 Fourth Annual Symposium: June 9th

About Our Endeavor

This website is a collaborative space for the Into the Woods community to share and publicize information and content for the world. Featured contributions include:

  • Classroom Adventures, Service Learning Projects, and Photographs       
  • Resources for other teachers such as educational activities, media, place-based learning opportunities, grants, and scopes and sequences
  • Events for the Educator Event Calendar such as nature walks, professional development workshops, and seminars
  • Word from the Woods (stories on the environment)

Our Resources Page has a number of resources that you don’t want to miss:

Lists of resources by subject contributed from Into the Woods participants, staff, and partner organizations. All resources covered during Into the Woods workshops are listed here.

An equipment library loan page that lists equipment available for borrowing.

A list of selected readings

A list of selected grant opportunities

To contribute content or for questions, email David Jakim at David.Jakim@qc.cuny.edu


Tip: For easy access to this web-page, use the following shortcut: www.qc.cuny.edu/itw

This web page was prepared by Queens College/CUNY under award NA12SEC0080010 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The  statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or the U.S. Department of Commerce.