Project Library

Among many others, some of the outstanding projects that have been pursued by teachers and students at Hayground include:

•    The history of quilts including the tradition of passing them from one generation to the next, the recycling of old but loved remnants of fabric and the powerful role quilts played in the Underground Railroad.
•    The construction of beaded mobiles that represented the alphabet and encrypted messages.

•    A study of cultural ritual and ceremony which highlighted Mexico’s Day of the Dead.   

•    A study of birds as bird watchers.

•    The “Hayground Poetry House”; a bamboo house 12 feet in interior diameter, that featured recorded and written poetry from all over the world and by Hayground School poets as well.  It included a writing center for visitors to the museum who wished to contribute their thoughts in verse.

•    An architectural study where children constructed dream homes and researched houses from other cultures.

•    Children studied the “heavens” through the keeping of moon journals.

•    A study of animal tracking where students became naturalists:  read and discussed nature writing and kept nature journals.

•    The “Narrow Lane Project” which was a four year oral history and photo documentation of all the people that worked and lived on Narrow Lane.  This project exhibited at the Parrish art Museum and was featured in the New York Times.

•    A study of the ancient civilizations of Latin America including the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs.

•    A study of Long Island's local seashore as beachcombers.

•    A study of the history of the English Alphabet- culminating in the creation of an alphabet museum.

•    A study of the literary fairy tale where students explored the history of the European fairy tale and collaborated with Photographer Bastienne Schmidt on a project where they retold favorite tales through photographs and poems.

•    The “Bead Project” where students made a necklace of hand made beads that circled the interior of the Parrish Art Museum.  The necklace honored the spirit of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. 

•    The “Hayground History House”; a large house constructed out of strands of various aspects of the history of the planet, painted on remay cloth and woven together and ultimately displayed at The Parrish Art Museum.
•    The creation of “Stories in a Box” which culminated in a gallery exhibit. 

•    A study of the mythology of dragons and unicorns.

•    A collaboration between Hayground’s youngest and oldest groups where students selected an author read their body of work and published their own picture books as inspired by the style of that author.