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Explore Socrates’ unique environment with a series of experimental workshops that combine art making with natural materials, gardening, experiments in sustainability, that celebrate the senses.

Workshops weave together planting, drawing, sound recording, plant and tree identification, learning about medicinal properties of indigenous plants, pickling, bookmaking, and experiments in bioplastics. These workshops will also explore mindfulness techniques, seeking to grow our shared awareness of the natural cycles of the park, and our senses.

The series will result in a book: Field Guide, A Community-made Book of Knowledge, that will be both a collaborative artwork and a guide to the ecology of the park.

These workshops are free, hands on, open to all ages, families and individuals, and any skill level.  

RSVP required.  Workshops are about 2 hours long.  Masks are required, and space is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.  

Workshops will be offered to visiting summer camps in July and August.  If your camp is interested, please email Douglas Paulson.

All Ages Welcome  • Pre-Registration Required •  Free!


Past Field Guide Workshops (2022)

Queens Green Day: Dirtfest 2022 ->

Saturday, April 23  •  12PM – 4PM

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #1–>

Saturday, May 7 (Cancelled)

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #2–>

Saturday, May 14

Bioplastics & Bio-Fashion Show pt. 1–>

Saturday, May 21

Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” Poetry & Writing–>

Saturday, May 28

Interpreting weather station data / data as art material workshop–>

Saturday, June 4

Seeing Patterns – Micro —> Macro–>

Saturday, June 11

Propagation: Take the park home with you–>

Saturday, June 18


Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” Gardens & Model making–>

Saturday, June 25

Image Credit: Liz Ligon. Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum.


Wildlife Living Among Us – Finding Shelter–>

Saturday, July 9

Inhale; kin –>

Saturday, July 16

Place; dirt –>

Saturday, July 23

Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” Water, Stone & Sand–>

Saturday, July 30

Image Credit: Luned Palmer. Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum.

Healing / Senses / Healing Plants (workshop 1 of 3)  –>

Saturday, August 6  (rescheduled to September 24)

Healing / Senses / Healing Plants (workshop 2 of 3)  –>

Saturday, August 13

Healing / Senses / Healing Plants (workshop 3 of 3)  –>

Saturday, August 20

Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” Shibori Dyeing–>

Saturday, August 27

Image Credit: Sol Aramendi. Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum.


Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” The Moon & Haiku–>

Saturday, September 3

Image credit: Isamu Noguchi, Lunar  Sculpture, 1943. Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum

Bio-plastics fashion show: Part 2 –>

Saturday, September 10

Blending and Defending for the Next Generation –>

Saturday, September 17

Healing / Senses / Healing Plants (workshop 1 of 3)  –>

Saturday, September 24 (rescheduled from August 6)   •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required

Preserving food –>

Saturday, October 1 (Cancelled due to weather)

Sustenance; fires –>

Saturday, October 15 (rescheduled form October 8)

Socrates x Noguchi Exploring a “New Nature” Play Sculpture in Watercolor–>

Saturday, October 15

Image credit: Isamu Noguchi, Playground equipment studies, c. 1988. ©INFGM/ARS


Field Guide Educators

Kim Calichio

Kim Calichio is the Co-Founder and Director of The Connected Chef. The Connected Chef is a grass-roots, community organization re-envisioning food access to ensure that every household has local, nutritious food. Through their sliding scale Lifeline Grocery program, they source fresh ingredients from farms in NY/NJ/PA and deliver weekly groceries to over 700 households across Queens.

Christina Delfico

Christina Delfico is the founder of iDig2Learn, which allows children and their families to explore science and the origin of food through plant life. Plants serve as the gateway to lifelong discovery of all the living things in our water, sky, and land. When one stops and truly sees the marvels of all things, big and small, one can better protect them recognizing how vital they are to our life on earth.

Christina’s early career was dedicated to creating and producing children’s media with Sesame Workshop which helped her recognize the joy of learning at every age. iDig2Learn is a project of Open Space Institute, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.

Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is a Queens-based interdisciplinary artist working in multiple mediums including radio transmissions, sound, prints, books, sculpture, electronics and video. Her recent work includes Moon Arrow, an electronic arrow which continually points at the moon (and was seen at Socrates in recent years), and Here GOES Radiotelescope, a sculptural seat-like radio station for receiving images of the earth from a weather satellite. www.heidineilson.com

Douglas Paulson 

Socrates’ Director of Education Douglas  Paulson is a Queens-based artist who loves the sounds of spring. Doug’s practice is expansive, weaving together sprawling social projects in public space; to intimate drawings, books, and sound experiments. www.douglaspaulson.com

Anna Poaster

Anna Poaster is one of the farmers at Hellgate Farm. Hellgate is a network of residential gardens in Queens, NYC a site in Canaan, NY. The organization promotes urban gardening, responsible land stewardship, and a permaculture lifestyle within their community. The Farm aims to provide opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as to share in the abundance of the harvest.

As a Queens resident, Anna manages Hellgate’s nursery and compost operations and is excited about all things agricultural.

Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda is a Dominican-American mixed media artist and educator using antiquarian emulsion-based processes as a means of remembering soils called home. They have an intergenerational teaching practice rooted in love ethic as liberation that spans across the five boroughs of New York City.

Marcela Torres

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, living in transit between Chicago and Brooklyn. Torres received a BA in Sculpture Intermedia and a BFA in Art History from the University of Utah, continuing their studies in MFA in Performance form School of the Art Institute Chicago. Torres has performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), The Momentary (Bentonville, AK), Fringe Festival (Detroit, MI), Experimental Actions (Houston, TX) and Time Based Arts (Portland, Oregon). Torres has exhibited work at Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) UW-Parkside University (Kenosha, WI), Tropical Contemporary (Eugene, OR), Petzel Gallery (NYC, NY) In 2021 Torres will be a resident at Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts.