Field Trips & School Visits


Field Trips to The Materials Center

students from PS 172 Beacon school of excellence making designs with found materials

The Materials Center is a dynamic location for children and adults, full of things to touch and look at, that offer a multitude of opportunities for creative thinking and dialogue about saving, repurposing and finding beauty and new possibilities in everyday items. Schedule a field trip for your class to The Materials Center!

Schedule a field trip for your class to The Materials Center!



A Visit will always include:

  • an introduction to The Materials Center, why we collect found materials, and a demonstration of how we weigh, sort and record material donations
  • discussions about waste, recycling, repurposing, and finding potential in mundane objects
  • creative and playful experiences with the materials!
  • time for children to shop for materials

scheduling a field trip:

The Materials Center is open for field trips on Monday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Field trips must be scheduled in advance. Please fill out the Request Form and we will respond with available dates.

We welcome children ages 3+!

Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate one class per day.

field trip & materials fees:

Pay-as-you-wish, and our suggested Trip Fee is $50.00 per class.

There is no cost for the materials that children select and bring back to the classroom.

Teachers and parent chaperones can shop for materials too! Materials cost $1.00/pound.

additional information:

The Materials Center is located at:
130 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

BYOB! Bring Your Own Bag for the materials that students take back to school.