A World of Plants
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory offers a unique opportunity for students to explore diverse
habitats, including tropical rain forests and deserts of the Americas and Africa—all in a
magnificent glasshouse. Led by trained staff, students discover how plants like the saguaro
cactus and the kapok tree have adapted for survival in extreme environments. Plants
used everyday—such as sugarcane and papyrus—are discussed, and props are used to
complement the experience.
Grades: 3–8; Tuesday–Friday; Availability: All Seasons; Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; Seassion 1: 10:15–11:15; Session 2: 11:30–12:30; Fee per class: $120; CT-100
Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum
Experience the Japanese art of kiku (chrysanthemum), the national flower of Japan, and crest of Japan’s Imperial family. In this tour, students will learn about the fascinating ancient tradition of growing kiku into exquisite shapes and dramatic forms as well as its rich symbolism in Japanese art, life, and culture.
Grades: 3–8; Tuesday–Friday; Availability: October 21–November 14; Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; Seassion 1: 10:15–11:15; Session 2: 11:30–12:30; Fee per class: $120; CT-400
Adventures for Plant Hunters
Students explore the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory using a colorful, fact-filled map to
lead their journey through the rain forests, deserts, and aquatic environments in
search of plants used as medicines, trees that produce chocolate, and roots that grow
above ground. Throughout the journey, they discover ways people use plants around
the world and investigate how plants adapt to survive extreme habitats.
Grades: 3–8; Tuesday–Friday; Availability: All Seasons; Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; Seassion 1: 10:15–12:45; Fee per class: $50; CT-604
Holiday Trains and Treats
During a self-guided visit to the Conservatory, students see
model trains and trolleys as they move through the magical landscapes of
historic New York State buildings. For a doubly exciting program, delve into
the botany behind gingerbread, explore its plant origins, and taste a
gingersnap during Gingerbread Adventures in the Adventure Garden.
Grades: Pre-K–5; Tuesday–Friday; Availability: November 25–January 9; Location & Fees: Holiday Train Show Only: $85; Adventure Garden Only: $85; Combination
Adventure Garden and Holiday Train Show: $140; SCP-700