School and Youth Programs

Experience the Cathedral anywhere! Book a Virtual Field Trip! Look below to find descriptions of our four virtual programs that can be adapted to your curriculum needs. Register here or contact us with questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Cathedral this spring when we begin to welcome students again.

Online guided experiences enhance classroom curricula through a variety of entry points. Cathedral Educators lead live programs that support Common Core Learning standards on a variety of platforms.

Questions? Visit our Virtual Field Trip FAQs

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Vertical

Grades 4 and up

On this adventurous tour, virtually climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world’s largest cathedral. Using high-quality video footage, our educators will “walk” you through stories of the stained glass and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral.

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How Do Buildings Stand Up?

Grades 3-8

Take a deep-dive into the architectural design process and discover how geometric shapes and architectural principles formed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Look closely at the importance of mathematical relationships that create stability and beauty throughout the building and gain an appreciation for how stone structures stand tall.

Pre and Post Visit Resources (PDF)
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Cathedrals in the Middle Ages

Grades 6-12

Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, trade, and pilgrimage. Explore how the role of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral.

Pre and Post Visit Resources (PDF)
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Cathedral Community Then and Now

Grades K-3

Explore the Morningside Heights neighborhood then and now by looking closely at archival images of the Cathedral’s construction, as well as maps and aerial images from the past and today. Think critically about ideas like community and welcome and learn about one of New York City’s largest structures.

Pre and Post Visit Resources (PDF)
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Scheduling and Policies

The Public Education Office is currently only booking virtual group programs. We look forward to seeing you at the Cathedral this spring when we can begin to welcome students again.

Scheduling a Virtual Program

Hours

10 am - 4 pm, on the hour, every day except for Sunday

Fees

Virtual Field Trips are $125 per class of 25 students, except for the Virtual Verticals which are $150 per class.

Please contact our Public Education department at groups@stjohndivine.org or (212) 932-7347 for special rates for Title 1 schools.

Details

All programs require a reservation at least two weeks in advance. For information and reservations, submit the Virtual Field Trip Registration Form or contact the Public Education Office at groups@stjohndivine.org or (212) 932-7347.

Payment is required at least 72 hours in advance.

See our FAQs for more information.

Cancellations

Groups must give 72 hours' notice, or they will be charged the full program rate.

Book Now for Spring 2021!

We're now accepting reservations for in-person programs in Spring 2021. While details are still being determined, we're happy to answer questions and hold dates. Submit the Guided Group Visit Registration Form or contact the Public Education Office at groups@stjohndivine.org or (212) 932-7347 for more information.

Medieval Journey, Grades K-12

Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages, and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, art, and pilgrimage. Discover the ways in which the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral.

$8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates.

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Geometry and Architecture, Grades K-8

Discover geometric shapes and architectural principles within the Cathedral's design, including the traditional cross-shaped floor plan, Romanesque and Gothic arches, and patterns in stone and glass. Examine the importance of mathematical relationships that create stability and beauty throughout the building.

$8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates.

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On Common Ground, Grades 4-12

Decode the rich imagery in the Cathedral and learn to "read" the stories portrayed in the statues, stained glass, and architecture. Decode the rich imagery in the Cathedral and consider the variety of ways people use symbols, both today and throughout history.

$8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates.

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Vertical, Grades 7-12

On this adventurous tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world's largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture, and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates with a great view of Manhattan.

$14 per student

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Madeleine L’Engle: Cathedral Connections, Grades 4-12

Madeline L’Engle, long-time Cathedral librarian and author of A Wrinkle in Time, has inspired thousands of students through her books. On this tour, students will discuss L’Engle’s connections to the Cathedral, see sources of her inspiration, and visit physical locations referenced in her writings, including the library where she worked for 30 years.

8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates.

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