Welcome!

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 Sate Learning Standards, National Science Education Standards, and the Common Core Standards
  • Affordable programs

Browse all Programs & Class Trips below.
Or download the complete guide here.

Nature Investigations

(Grades Pre-K–5)

Plant Science Workshops

(Grades K–8)

Gardening Workshops

(Grades Pre-K–8)

Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Art Programs

(Grades K–8)

Outdoor Nature Walks

(Grades Pre-K–8)

Indoor Tours

(Grades Pre-K–8)

Holiday Programs

(Grades Pre-K–5)

Institutes for Teachers

More Programs for Teachers

Classroom Resources and Curricula

Summer and Out-of-School Time Programs

Family Programs

General Information



Nature Investigations

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

With seasonally changing landscapes, a dynamic wetland and pond, and exhibition-related plantings, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden provides a living and vibrant stage for hands-on learning about the plants in our world. The Children's Adventure Garden includes both outdoor and indoor learning galleries.

Outdoor galleries include:

  • Arthur Hays and Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger Meadow Gallery: Life Cycle Lane
  • Heckscher Foundation for Children Gallery: Plant Part Paradise
  • Con Edison Gallery: Habitat Hub
  • Vincent Astor Foundation Gallery: Sun Central

The Everett Children's Adventure Garden has been made possible by the leadership generosity of Edith and Henry Everett. Additional support provided by Entergy Nuclear Northeast.

Pea Pod Explorers in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden is specially designed for the pre-school audience, offering an in-depth exploration into the wonders of nature through hands-on explorations, songs, and stories. Multiple sessions build on the theme and are recommended.

Cost:

  • Three Sessions: $195
  • Two Sessions: $160
  • One Session: $110

Fall: September 17–November 15
Winter: February 4–March 21
Spring: March 25–June 20
Summer: July 8–August 22
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

To register: 718.817.8181. For information: nybg.org/edu.

Grade Pre-K

Fall
Children explore seasonal changes as they examine colorful leaves and leaf-litter critters, discover animals preparing for winter, and investigate seeds and fruits.

Winter (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)
The garden may be quiet and still, but there is still a lot of nature to explore. Children investigate the different ways that living things cope with the wintry chill.

Spring
In spring all delight as plants and animals awaken from their winter rest. Children investigate flowers and observe butterflies emerging and learn about their role in the garden.

Summer
Explore the properties of water and discover the plants and creatures that live in aquatic habitats through pond dippings and exploration of a touch tank.

Seasonal Plant Explorations provide grade-specific, seasonally themed programs that meet state and national learning standards and align with the New York City Scope and Sequence. Led by trained staff, students use their senses to engage in an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to learning.

Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Fall: September 17–November 15
Winter: February 4–March 21
Spring: March 25–June 20

Grades K–5

Halloween Adventures: October 22–31
Come celebrate fall and see giant pumpkins. Students explore garden galleries full of jack-o'-lanterns and pot up a gourd seed to take home.

Grades K–1

Plant Part Parade
Fall and Spring
Students will use their senses to explore different plant parts. All students will plant a seed to take home.

Trees in the Season
Winter (Wednesdays and Fridays only)
Students investigate how plants change throughout the year and use their science-inquiry skills as they investigate plant parts in the winter garden.

Grades 2–3

Seed Go-Round
Fall and Spring
Students observe seeds and their methods of dispersal as they learn about plant life cycles. Everyone plants a seed to take home.

A Diversity of Plants
Winter (Wednesdays and Fridays only)
How does climate affect plants? Students investigate this question by exploring plants from tropical and temperate climates. Each class receives a group of plants to use for scientific observation and journaling.

Grades 4–5

Ecology Escapades
Fall and Spring
Many trees and animals have specialized relationships with each other. Through close observation of producers, consumers, and decomposers, students learn the careful balance of an ecosystem.

The Wonders of Water
Winter (Wednesdays and Fridays only)
Students dive into the wonderful world of water and use critical thinking as they explore and discover the relationship between water, in all its forms, and the environment.


Plant Science Workshops

At the GreenSchool
Plant Science Workshops include inquiry-based field investigations in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory rain forests and deserts, Thain Family Forest, or elsewhere on the Botanical Garden grounds. Students observe, ask questions, and collect information about plant relationships, and then share their ideas as they engage in small-group, hands-on exploration and discussion in a classroom setting. GreenSchool workshops encourage strong literacy components to support learning across the curriculum.

Fall: September 17–November 27
Winter: December 3–March 21
Spring: March 25–June 20
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Grades K–3

Fall Harvest
Fall
What is the role of fruit? Use your senses to observe and compare pumpkins, cranberries, and apples, then create a harvest snack and taste them. Explore outdoors to find the fruits and seeds that animals harvest in fall.

Plant Parts We Eat
All Seasons
What parts of the plant can we eat? Observe and compare characteristics of plant parts to understand their roles in supporting plant life, then chop your own nutritious salad to taste. Pot up an edible plant to take home.

Grades K–5

The Life Cycle of a Plant
All Seasons
What happens during the life cycle of plants? Observe and sketch plants in different environments, then compare their parts and functions up close in the classroom. Pot up a seed experiment to take back to class.

Life in the Rain Forest
All Seasons
What factors characterize a rain forest? Immerse yourself in biodiversity as you walk through the layers of two rain forest systems in the Conservatory. Pot up a rain forest plant to take home.

Grades K–8

How to Build a Worm Bin
Winter
How can you recycle food waste? Notice conditions which support life in a worm bin and observe red worms and other decomposers as they recycle waste. Build a worm bin to bring back to the classroom.

Observe and Create
Fall and Spring
How are a garden and a work of art alike? Observe a garden as you might a painting and discover common techniques shared by scientists and gardeners alike. Create your own garden-inspired artwork.

A Forest in the City
Fall and Spring
What factors characterize a forest ecosystem? Conduct an outdoor ecology field study as you walk through a 50-acre native woodland and alongside a riverbank to investigate.

Grades 2-5

Amazing Adaptations
All Seasons
How do plants survive in the environments they grow in? Observe and sketch unusual plants within the biomes of rain forests, bogs, and deserts to find the special features which help them adapt. Pot up a plant to take home.

Numbers in Nature
All Seasons
What mathematical relationships can you find in the plant world? Observe and sketch plants and their parts to discover patterns, series, and shapes that help them grow. Pot up a plant to study at home.

Grades 2–8

Native Plant Garden Workshop
Fall and Spring
What role do native plants play in our ecosystem? Observe and collect information about this habitat which provides food, water, protective cover, and places for native animals to raise their young.

Grades 3–5

The Water Cycle—New!
All Seasons
How does climate affect plant life in different biomes? Look for clues as you observe and compare elements of rain, land, and temperature throughout the Conservatory. Build a terrarium and conduct your own experiment.

Grades 6-8

Photosynthesis: A Light Snack
All Seasons
How do plants get energy? Observe and discuss plants and the processes which support plant life, then conduct a controlled experiment about photosynthesis. Reveal plants' significance to the energy pyramid.

Plants Up Close
All Seasons
Why look at plants at 400x magnification? Practice basic microscopy techniques as you explore the insides of major plant parts to understand their roles. Assemble and view slides to sketch, compare, and contrast magnified images of plant parts.

The Role of Plants in the Water Cycle
All Seasons
What systems affect plant life in different environments? Look for clues as you observe elements of air, land, precipitation, and plant features within various biomes. Build a terrarium and conduct your own experiment.


Gardening Workshops

Gardening Workshops introduce students to the hands-on excitement of growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Students learn the basics of good gardening with activities such as planting, watering, weeding, composting, and harvesting.

Fall: September 17–November 1
Winter: December 3–March 21
Spring: April 1–June 20
Summer: July 8–August 22 (Wednesdays and Fridays only)

Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Cost: $165 per class

Grades Pre-K–5

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Location: Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Fall
Help prepare the garden for the upcoming winter by sowing fall season crops that enjoy shorter days and cooler temperatures! Students dig, sow seeds, and water. Enjoy a harvest sample of seasonal produce. Each student pots up a plant to take home.

Spring
Help get the garden off to a good start and plant springtime crops like radishes, scallions, or lettuce. Students dig, sow seeds, and water. Enjoy a harvest sample of seasonal produce. Each student pots up a plant to take home.

Summer
Explore the delicious beauty of growing a summer vegetable garden! Students dig, sow seeds, and water. Enjoy a harvest sample of seasonal produce. Each student pots up a plant to take home.

Grades K–8

How to Build a Worm Bin
Location: GreenSchool (Indoors) | Winter
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

How can you recycle food waste? Notice conditions which support life in a worm bin and observe red worms and other decomposers as they recycle waste. Build a worm bin to bring back to your classroom.

Programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program made possible by MetLife Foundation.

Support for the Howell Family Garden is provided by the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., The Ettinger Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Newman's Own Foundation, the Norinchukin Foundation, and Jill and Alan Rappaport.


Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Art Programs

The New York Botanical Garden offers several workshops that provide crosscurricular themes. Using plants as a focal point, Garden educators will help your students see the fascinating connections with math, literacy, social studies, and art.
Fall: September 17–November 27 | Winter: December 3–March 21 | Spring: March 25–June 20

ART: Grades K–8

Observe and Create
Location: GreenSchool and the Grounds | Cost: $165 per class | Fall and Spring
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

How are a garden and a work of art alike? Observe a garden as you might a painting and discover common techniques shared by scientists and gardeners. Create your own garden-inspired artwork.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Grades 3–8

Poetry For Every Season: Kiku
Location: Ross Conifer Arboretum | Cost: $110 per class | October 8–27
How does observation of nature inspire Japanese poets? Read the poetry of haiku and tanka masters and observe nature up close to create your own haiku.

Looking Through a Lens: Great American Gardens—NEW! (Begins May 27)
Location: GreenSchool and Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $165 per class | Spring
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

What role do gardens play in American history? Explore the connections between the historical context of the garden planning era and the women who shaped their design.

MATH: Grades 2–5

Numbers in Nature
Location: GreenSchool and Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $165 per class | All Seasons
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

What mathematical relationships can you find in the plant world? Observe and sketch plants and their parts to discover patterns, series, and shapes that help them grow. Pot a plant to study at home.

ELA: Grades 2–8

Poetry For Every Season: Kiku
Location: Ross Conifer Arboretum | Cost: $110 per class | October 8–27
How does observation of nature inspire Japanese poets? Read the work of haiku and tanka masters and observe nature up close to create your own haiku.

Poetry For Every Season: Great American Gardens
Location: Garden Grounds | Cost: $110 per class | Spring
Times: 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

How has observation of nature inspired great American poetry? Read the work of American poets and observe nature up close to create your own flap poem.

Support during Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden provided by the United States-Japan Foundation


Outdoor Nature Walks

Fall: September 17–November 27 | Spring: March 25–June 20

Guided

Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Grades K–8

Sensory Walk
Location: Garden Grounds | All Seasons
Students enhance their sensory awareness with activities specially adapted for each group's needs. They deepen their observational skills and experience nature up close.

Wednesday Greenmarket Walk
Location: Garden Grounds | Fall (Wednesday mornings only until November 20)
Students understand the importance of seasonal and local agriculture during an interactive and fun Greenmarket tour. Visit grownyc.org/markettour or contact schooltours@grownyc.org for more information and reduced pricing.

Grades 2–8

Native Plant Garden Walk
Location: Native Plant Garden | Fall and Spring
What role do native plants play in our ecosystem? Observe and collect information about this habitat that provides food, water, protective cover, and places for native animals to raise their young.

Poetry for Every Season: Kiku
Location: Ross Conifer Arboretum | October 8–27
How does observation of nature inspire Japanese poets? Read the work of haiku and tanka masters and observe nature up close to create your own haiku.

Poetry for Every Season: Great American Gardens
Location: Garden Grounds | Spring
How does observation of nature inspire great American poetry? Read the work of American poets and observe nature up close to create your own flap poem.

Wooded Walk
Location: Thain Family Forest | All Seasons
What is a tree? Use a field guide and identification key to conduct a tree study of its parts and functions. Search for ways animals use trees.

Self-Guided

Cost: $35 per class (Free for New York City public schools) | Times: All Day

Grades Pre-K–5

(Middle School groups: please register for a guided program)
Garden Grounds
All Seasons
Explore the educational resources of the Garden's 250-acre landscape at your own pace. Discover the Thain Family Forest, explore the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail, or take your students on a nature scavenger hunt. Choose which area of the Garden you would like to visit and download a Teacher Guide from our Web site before you visit.


Indoor Tours

Guided

Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K–8

A World of Plants
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | All Seasons
How do plants survive in the places they grow? Use a field journal to observe and collect information about diverse habitats, plant life, and plant uses as you travel through the rain forest, bog, and desert glasshouse biomes of the Conservatory.

Grades 6–8

Plants and Fungi: 10 Current Research Stories
Location: Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery | All Seasons
What types of science research happen here at the Botanical Garden? Use a field guide to investigate 10 research stories of Garden scientists as exhibited on the 4th floor of the Library building.

Self-Guided

Cost: $65 per class | Times: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Grades Pre-K–5

(Middle School groups: please register for a guided program)

A World of Plants
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | All Seasons (except during Holiday Train Show)
Lead your class on a journey through the world of plants inside the glasshouse biomes of the Conservatory. Students explore the rain forests, deserts, and aquatic environments and search for plants used as medicines, trees that produce chocolate, and roots that grow above ground.

A trip to the Garden just got easier!
Use your smart phone and visit nybg.org/teacher. Maps, field trip tips, activities, and more—all in the palm of your hand.


Holiday Programs

Winter doesn't have to leave you out in the cold. Be dazzled by buildings made from leaves, seeds, and bark. Watch trains chug through historical landscapes and explore the botany behind the building materials.

Dates: November 19–January 10

Grades Pre-K–5

Holiday Train Show
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day

During this self-guided visit to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, students see model trains and trolleys as they move through magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings made primarily from natural materials.

Grades Pre-K–5

Holiday Adventures
Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden | Cost: $140 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Have you ever seen a building made entirely of leaves, stems, roots, and seeds? In this program, children investigate the properties of plant parts as they explore some interesting structures made of botanical bits. Students have the opportunity to try their hand at engineering as they build with plant parts too.

Holiday Combo
Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $225 per class
Enjoy both Holiday Adventures in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, and the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Grades 3–5

Building with Botany
Location: GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $225 per class
Visit the Holiday Train Show, then explore which plant parts are used to create the magical buildings. Observe the plants within the Conservatory biomes, and then compare their parts and functions up-close. Pot up a mini-conifer to take home.


Institutes for Teachers

These programs provide a six-day immersion in which participants learn how to make teaching fun through field-tested, hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Learn more.

Cost: $200* (includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, and plants)
For an application or more information, email teachered@nybg.org or call 718.817.8140.

*Three "P" in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available for all Institutes. Additional fees and requirements apply for P-credit courses.


More Programs for Teachers

Customized Professional Development Workshops
These half- or full-day programs are available for prearranged groups of educators. Choose from the topics below or suggest your own and our staff will work with you to customize a program suited to the needs of your group. Learn more.

Teacher Membership
Become a Teacher Member of the Garden for only $60 a year, and enjoy all the benefits of Membership. Call 718.817.8724 for details.

Support provided by Cynthia D. Brodsky, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc., the Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc., the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., and the United States Department of Education.


Classroom Resources and Curricula

Online Courses and Resources

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities Sheets
All guided programs and self-guided tours at The New York Botanical Garden are supplemented by pre- and post-visit activities sheets that can be accessed online at nybg.org/edu

School Gardening | nybg.org/resources
Visit our newly created resource to find lesson plans, gardening calendars, and tip sheets that will help you get the most out of your school garden. Support provided by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.

Plant Hunters | nybg.org/planthunters
This online education resource makes it possible for you to virtually explore the diverse plants and biomes housed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The site includes fun and engaging plant science challenges for your students along with images, information, and audio content for more than 60 plants from the rain forest to the desert.

Plant Hunters was created with support from the Verizon Foundation.
Helping students achieve through the Verizon Foundation's signature education program, www.thinkfinity.org.
Additional support provided by The Educational Foundation of America

Kits

Garden Adventure S.E.E.D.S.
Science Exploration and Education Discovery Series (S.E.E.D.S.) kits provide hands-on resources, lessons, assessments, and literacy support in a simple and convenient package. Full kits, or just the Teacher's Guide, can be ordered online at kendallhunt.com or by phone at 1.800.228.0810.
• Plant Parts (K–1) • Plant Adaptations (2–3) • Plant-Animal Interactions (4–5)

Curricula

These classroom resources are based on research projects of Garden scientists. Each unit consists of a Teacher's Guide, documentary-style DVD, and optional material kits, and can be purchased at glencoe.com or by calling 1.800.334.7344.

FBI: Forensic Botany Investigations for Grades 6–8
By conducting investigations and searching for clues, students explore the importance of plants and build skills such as concept mapping, data collection, and analysis.

Ethnobotany Explorers for Grades 9–12
Students follow researchers and healers deep into the forests of Belize as they search for medicinal plants and learn how to conduct scientific investigations.


Summer and Out-of-School Time 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.

Explainer Program
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 Camps
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


Family Programs

Every day at the Garden families can enjoy drop-in activities and outdoor fun at two gardens designed specifically for children. Programs change seasonally. For details visit nybg.org/families

Drop-In Family Programs in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

In the Children's Adventure Garden, your eyes, ears, fingers, and nose are the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the plant world. Each season brings new events and exciting discoveries to be made. There's a Boulder Maze for climbing, a Touch Tank for getting up close with water-loving plants, an indoor laboratory for doing experiments and looking through microscopes, and so much more!

Naturally Curious: Through September 8, 2013
Haunted Pumpkin Garden: September 21–October 31, 2013
TREE-rific Trees: November 1–15, 2013
Holiday Adventures: November 16, 2013–January 12, 2014
Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders: January 14–February 28, 2014
Little Landscapes: March 1–April 20, 2014
Spring Fun!: April 22–May 15, 2014
The Great American Children's Garden: May 17–September 28, 2014

Dig! Plant! Grow! in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Plants and imaginations grow at the Family Garden, where you're allowed (no, encouraged!) to play in the dirt. Dig for worms, plant seeds, and learn about foods grown on the other side of the world. You'll find that gardening opens the door to a world of discovery and fun, and that the best flowers and vegetables are the ones you grow yourself!

Pollinator Pals: Through October 11, 2013
Scarecrow Weekend: October 12–14, 2013
Goodnight, Garden!: October 15–27, 2013
Wake Up, Garden!: April 5–18, 2014
Wild, Wiggly Worms: April 19–May 9, 2014
Salad Days: May 10–June 6, 2014
Global Gardens Spring Harvest Celebration: June 7 & 8, 2014
Sweet and Stinky: June 10–July 18, 2014
Pickle Me!: July 19–August 15, 2014
Global Gardens Summer Harvest Celebration: August 16 & 17, 2014
Pollinator Pals: August 19–October 3, 2014


General Information

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: school_programs@nybg.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.

Before Arrival
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.

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.

Chaperones
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.

Inclement Weather
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.

Accessibility
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.

Lunch
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.

Directions

School Bus
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.

Public Transportation
For directions, call 718.817.8779.

Automobile
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.

Acknowledgments

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, 2012 through June 30, 2013:
Altman Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay
Con Edison
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc.
The Everett Foundation
Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Mrs. Andrew Heiskell
Institute of Museum and Library Services
MetLife Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Palm Foundation
United States Department of Education

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
The Ettinger Foundation
Gannett Foundation
Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation
Robert F. Gossett, Jr.
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.
The Marritan Fund, Inc.
Marion Moore Foundation, Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Newman's Own Foundation
Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.
The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.
Alexander R. Peacock Trust
Jean R. Peacock Trust
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jill and Alan Rappaport
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
John Ben Snow Memorial Trust
UBS Wealth Management Americas

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.