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 & Indoor Tours

(Grades Pre-K–8)

Holiday Programs

(Grades Pre-K–5)

Out-of-School Programs



Nature Investigations

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden
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With seasonally changing landscapes, a dynamic wetland and pond, and program-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 environments.

Each seasonal program in the Adventure Garden is designed to enhance a standards-based curriculum in a developmentally appropriate and engaging format, bringing to life the natural world featured in many of the fiction and non-fiction Common Core readings of each grade level.

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.

New! Early Childhood Spring Fun! Discovery Walk
Looking for a class trip that encourages preschool children along with their teachers and caregivers to learn together? Try our new Spring Fun! Discovery Walk. Designed especially for preschoolers with an adult companion, your class will explore the spring garden to discover bulbs blooming, animals nesting, and buds bursting. The sights, scents, and sounds that make spring such an exciting time of the year will come to life for these early learners through a guided outdoor nature walk and take-home experiment. Register up to 18 students and 18 adult companions.

Grade Pre-K

Cost: $110 per class
Spring: May 3–June 14, Tuesdays
Times: 10:30–11:30 a.m. or 12–1 p.m.

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 29–November 20
Winter: February 2–March 18
Spring: March 22–June 17
Summer: July 12–August 26

Grades Pre-K–K

Plant Part Parade
Fall and Spring
Students will use their senses to explore different plants and their parts. Each student plants a seed to take home.

The Wonders of Water
Summer
Early learners get their hands wet in the Adventure Garden! Children will explore the properties of water and find out more about the plants and animals that live and grow in our freshwater pond.

Grades Pre-K–5

New! The Winter Garden
Winter
Students discover how plants and animals survive in this cold season and use their science-inquiry skills as they investigate concepts such as dormancy and adaptation at play in the winter garden.

Pumpkin Adventures
September 29–October 30
Come celebrate fall in the enchanted Adventure Garden! Investigate the life cycle of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes—even giant 1,000+ pound pumpkins. Each child takes home a seed experiment necklace to observe germination in action

Grades 1–3

Seed Go-Round
Fall and Spring
Students observe plant life cycles from seed to flower to fruit. Each student plants a seed to take home.

Grades 4–5

Ecology Escapades
Fall and Spring
Explore an ecosystem in action! Through close observation of producers, consumers, and decomposers, students learn the careful balance of a native ecosystem.


Plant Science Workshops

At the GreenSchool
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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 29–November 25
Winter: December 1–March 18
Spring: March 22–June 17
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Grades K–2

Seasonal Plant Parts We Eat
Fall, Winter, Spring
What parts of the plant can we eat? Observe and compare characteristics of seasonal plant parts to understand their roles in supporting the life cycle, then create your own nutritious mix to taste. Each student pots up an edible plant to take home.

Grades K–5

Life in the Rain Forest
Fall, Winter, Spring
What factors characterize a rain forest? Immerse yourself in biodiversity as you walk through the layers of two rain forest systems in the Conservatory. Each student pots 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.

Frida Kahlo's Garden:
Observe and Create

Fall (until October 30)
How did Frida Kahlo's engagement with the natural world inspire her art? During a visit to the evocation of Kahlo's garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House), the artist's childhood home in Mexico City, students practice the art of observation—a skill shared by scientists and artists alike—and then create their own work of art.

Educational programs during Frida Kahlo's Garden have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas
Observe and Create

Begins May 17
How did engagement with the natural world inspire American Impressionist painters? While viewing a garden inspired by the Impressionist era in the Conservatory, students practice the art of observation—a skill shared by scientists and artists alike—and then create their own work of art.

Grades 2-5

Amazing Adaptations
Fall, Winter, Spring
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 live. Each student pots up a plant to take home.

Numbers in Nature
Fall, Winter, Spring
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. Each student pots up a plant to study at home.

Grades 3–5

The Water Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
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.

The Life Cycle of a Plant
Fall, Winter, Spring
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.

Grades 6–8

Photosynthesis: A Light Snack
Winter, Spring
How do plants get energy? Observe and discuss plants and the processes which support plant life, then conduct a controlled experiment about photosynthesis.

The Role of Plants in the Water Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
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

At the Edible Academy
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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 15–October 30
Winter: December 2–March 20
Spring: April 5–June 17
Summer: July 6–August 19 (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

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, water, and 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, water, and 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, water, and 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.

The Edible Academy and programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are supported by Bank of America, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Larry E. Condon and John J. Hoffee, the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Jill Joyce, Macy's, the Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, the New York City Mayor's Office and the New York City Council, New York State and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Newman's Own Foundation, Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Jill and Alan Rappaport, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D., and DeWayne N. Phillips, and Whole Foods Market®.


Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Art Programs

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The New York Botanical Garden offers several workshops that provide cross-curricular 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 29–November 25 | Winter: December 1–March 18 | Spring: March 22–June 17

ART: Grades K–8

Frida Kahlo's Garden: Observe and Create (until October 30)
Location: GreenSchool and the Grounds | Cost: $165 per class | Fall
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

How did Frida Kahlo's engagement with the natural world inspire her art? During a visit to the evocation of Kahlo's garden at the Casa Azul, the artist's childhood home in Mexico City, students practice the art of observation—a skill shared by scientists and artists alike—and then create their own work of art.

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas Observe and Create
Begins May 17
How did engagement with the natural world inspire American Impressionist painters? While viewing a garden inspired by the Impressionist era in the Conservatory, students practice the art of observation—a skill shared by scientists and artists alike—and then create their own work of art.

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. Each student pots up a plant to study at home.

ELA: Grades 2–8

Poetry For Every Season: Frida Kahlo (until October 30)
Location: Garden Grounds | Cost: $110 per class | FAll
How did observation of nature inspire the poetry of Frida Kahlo's Mexican poet contemporaries? Explore connections between art and nature by observing plants and writing poetry in a setting that inspired the artwork of Kahlo and her poet contemporaries.

Poetry For Every Season: Impressionism (begins May 12)
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 did observation of nature inspire American poets? Explore connections between art and nature by observing plants and writing poetry in a setting that inspires artists and writers alike.


Outdoor Nature Walks

Fall: September 29–November 25 | Spring: March 22–June 17
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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 | Fall and Spring
Students enhance their sensory awareness with observation and exploration 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 25)
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: Frida Kahlo (Begins May 15)
Location: Garden Grounds | Until October 30
How did observation of nature inspire the poetry of Frida Kahlo's Mexican poet contemporaries? Explore connections between art and nature by observing plants and writing poetry in a setting that inspired the artwork of Kahlo and her poet contemporaries.

Poetry for Every Season: Impressionism
Location: Garden Grounds | Begins May 12
How did observation of nature inspire American poets? Explore connections between art and nature by observing plants and writing poetry in a setting that inspires artists and writers alike.

Wooded Walk
Location: Thain Family Forest | Fall, Winter, Spring
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 and student activity packet from our Web site before you visit.


Indoor Tours

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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 | Fall, Winter, Spring
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 | Winter, Spring
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 a.m.–2 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.

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Holiday Programs

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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 24–January 15

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.

Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden | Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Investigate the wonders of amazing plants that really shine in winter! Children will use scientific inquiry skills to explore evergreen plant parts and take home a botanical specimen. Hike the trails of the Adventure Garden as you go on a hunt in search of beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs.

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

Grades 3–5

Building with Botany Holiday Combo
Location: GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Cost: $225 per class
Which plant parts are used to create the magical buildings in the Holiday Train Show? Visit the exhibition, then observe the plants within the Conservatory biomes to compare their parts and functions up-close. Each student pots up a landscape plant to take home.


Summer and Out-of-School Programs

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Programs for Summer Day Camp Groups

  • • How Does Your Garden Grow in Summer?
  • • The Wonders of Water for Pre-K/K
  • • Wednesday Greenmarket Walk
  • • Outdoor Self-Guided Nature Walks
  • • Indoor Self-Guided Tours

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.

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

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 Edible Academy and its programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Visit nybg.org/cgp

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, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.