At The New York Botanical Garden, we grow more than just plants—we grow programs, creativity, and people too. We strive to deliver innovative and interactive programs that bring the world of plants to teachers and students in fun and exciting ways.
The School and Teacher Programs at the Garden offer:
- Hands-on interactive and engaging programming to enhance children's understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around them.
- Outdoor programming to foster an appreciation of nature
- Adherence with New York City Science Standards, New York State Learning Standards, National Science Education Standards, and the Common Core Standards
- Affordable programs
Programs for Summer Day Camp Groups
- Pea Pod Explorers for Pre-K/Early Learners
- How Does Your Garden Grow in Summer?
- Outdoor Guided and Self-Guided Nature Walks
- Indoor Guided and Self-Guided Tours
- Wednesday Greenmarket Walk
Girl and Boy Scouts
Bring your Girl and Boy Scout troops to the Garden for an after-school program specially tailored to help your Scouts earn a badge. During this hands-on, indoor/outdoor program, Garden educators will work with your troop to fulfill the requirements for the badges. Call 718.817.8124 for more information.
This volunteer program for teenagers provides a chance to make new friends, spend time outdoors, and develop new skills. Explainers volunteer in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to help facilitate programs and assist visitors. Visit us online to learn more and complete an application: nybg.org/edu/explainer-program
The Explainer Program is supported by the Clif Bar Family Foundation, The Everett Foundation, Gannett Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.
Children's Gardening Program
Hands-on gardening is the perfect way for kids to get outside and get their hands dirty. Guided by instructors, kids plant, tend, and harvest fresh produce; prepare and taste the fruits of their labor; and enjoy the beautiful natural setting of the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Register your child for spring, summer, fall, or all three! Visit: nybg.org/cgp
NYBG offers camps during February and spring school breaks and during the summer. Each camp program offers playful and creative opportunities for children to explore the world around them using a mix of nature exploration, science activities, art, group projects, our vast 250 acres, and more. Visit: nybg.org/camps
Registration and Payment
- Advance registration and payment are required for all programs.
- Combined classes are not permitted. Prices indicated are for one class.
- Special needs classes with 12 or fewer students are accommodated at a lower fee.
- An invoice will be e-mailed to the registering teacher detailing visit schedule and payment.
- Payment is due two weeks after registration is received.
- The scheduled visit is not confirmed until payment is received.
Payment may be made by purchase order, check, money order, or credit card (MasterCard/ VISA/AMEX). Purchase order copies must be received two weeks before day of scheduled visit. New York City Department of Education Vendor Code NEW095000. Please note that you are responsible for forwarding purchase order information to your district.
MasterCard® is the Preferred Card of The New York Botanical Garden.
Mail checks and money orders, payable to The New York Botanical Garden, to:
The New York Botanical Garden School Programs
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5153
To register: 718.817.8181
For payment questions: 718.817.8743
Fax: 718.817.8829 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Changes and Cancellations
If you make a scheduling change, we will attempt to reschedule your visit within the school year. After the first scheduling change, a $15 processing fee will be charged for each additional change. Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 2–4 weeks in advance will be refunded 50%. For cancellations made two weeks or less before a program, there are no refunds.
You will be e-mailed a map with specific entrance and exit procedures for the school group entrance, the Everett Garden Gate. If your group is traveling on more than one bus, please make sure that a teacher on each bus has a bus pass and a group entrance pass.
• Bus Pass: Put the bus pass in the front window of the bus. This is the only way Garden staff will be able to direct you to the correct program.
• Group Entrance Pass: Please fill this out before disembarking the bus.
• Please consult these materials before arrival.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get to your specific program location. All school buses should stop at the Garden's school group entrance, the Everett Garden Gate, located on Southern Boulevard across from Fordham University. From there, they will be directed to either disembark or proceed to a different location. Bus parking is not available within the Garden. However, there is street parking along Southern Boulevard. All programs will end at the originally scheduled time. Groups arriving more than one-half hour late will be cancelled. No refunds are available.
For Pre-K, one adult chaperone is required per five students. For Grades K and above, one adult chaperone is required per seven students. A maximum of three additional chaperones may accompany a class for an additional fee of $12 per person.
Programs run rain or shine. Please have students dress appropriately for the weather. If you choose to reschedule, please call by 8:30 a.m.
The Botanical Garden, its buildings, and its tour vehicles are accessible. Due to the Garden's varied topography, portions of the historic landscape may be inaccessible. In addition, sign language interpreters are available. Please notify the Children's Education Registration office of any special needs at least 48 hours in advance of your visit.
All school groups must bring lunches. There are no indoor lunch facilities. School groups are invited to eat in the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions located near the Everett Garden Gate.
All school buses should stop at the Garden's school group entrance, the Everett Garden Gate, located on Southern Boulevard across from Fordham University. Bus parking is not available within the Garden. However, there is street parking along Southern Boulevard.
For directions, call 718.817.8779.
From Western Westchester - Major Deegan Expressway South
Take the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) southbound to the E. 233rd Street exit. Make a left onto 233rd Street and follow to Webster Avenue. Turn right onto Webster Avenue and follow to Bedford Park Boulevard. Turn left onto Bedford Park and continue to light. Turn right on Southern to Crotona Avenue. Turn left onto E. Fordham Road and left onto Southern Boulevard. The Garden is on your right.
From Manhattan and New Jersey - Cross-Bronx Expressway North
Take the Cross-Bronx Expressway (I-95) north to the Webster Avenue exit. Make a left onto Webster Avenue and follow to 180th Street. Turn right onto 180th Street. Turn left onto Southern Boulevard. The Garden is on your right.
From Long Island and Queens - New England Thruway North
Take the New England Thruway (I-95) north to Pelham Parkway West exit. Take Pelham Parkway to Southern Boulevard. Turn right onto Southern Boulevard. The Garden is on your right.
From Connecticut and Eastern Westchester - New England Thruway South
Take the New England Thruway (I-95) south to Pelham Parkway West exit. Take Pelham Parkway to Southern Boulevard. Turn right onto Southern Boulevard. The Garden is on your right.
The New York Botanical Garden thanks the individuals, foundations, and corporations who generously support Children's Education at the Garden.
Leadership support for Children's Education programs was provided by the following donors from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:
Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc.
The Everett Foundation
Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D.
Robert F. Gossett, Jr.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Mrs. Andrew Heiskell
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Palm Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture
Whole Foods Market®
Additional support was provided by:
Frank J. Antun Foundation
Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Trustee
The Barker Welfare Foundation
Cynthia D. Brodsky
Clif Bar Family Foundation
The Council of The New York Botanical Garden
Disney Worldwide Outreach, Inc.
Entergy Nuclear Northeast
Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.
The Marritan Fund, Inc.
Marion Moore Foundation, Inc.
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.
The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.
Alexander R. Peacock Trust
Jean R. Peacock Trust
Jill and Alan Rappaport
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
John Ben Snow Memorial Trust
United States Department of Education
The Walt Disney Company
B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation
The Everett Children's Adventure Garden has been made possible by the leadership generosity of Edith and Henry Everett.
It's Your Garden is a program of community outreach presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. that is helping to make possible School and Teacher Programs at the Garden. Visit nybg.org/itsyourgarden to learn more about free cultural events and family activities, education resources for teachers, and career development programs—all part of It's Your Garden.
The New York Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. A portion of the Garden's general operating funds is provided by The New York City Council and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Bronx Borough President and Bronx elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding.