Grades 2–3

Hands-On Gardening Workshops
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden at The Edible Academy

Students become gardeners as they engage in activities for growing healthful food outdoors. From sowing seeds to watering and harvesting, students build interdisciplinary connections among seasons and growing plants while experiencing the excitement of hands-on gardening!

Grades 2–3

Fall: September 27–October 28
Spring: April 4–June 16
Summer: July 5–August 18 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Fall
Dig, plant, and water garden beds in preparation for winter and discover ways plants grow and change in fall. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Spring
Dig, plant, and water garden beds to begin the growing season and discover ways plants grow and change in spring. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Summer
Dig, plant, and water garden beds and discover ways plants grow and change in summer. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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Hands-On Seasonal Plant and Nature Explorations
In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

Students become nature explorers as they investigate how plant and animal life they find within a dynamic environment responds to the seasons. Through observation, thematic explorations, and a chance to wonder and construct ideas with their peers, students experience the natural world first-hand.

Fall: September 27–November 18
Holiday: November 22–January 13
Winter: January 31–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

GRADES 2–3

Pumpkin Life Cycle
Until October 28
Celebrate fall and investigate gourds and giant pumpkins to develop understandings about pumpkin diversity and the life cycle. Conduct seed germination experiments to grow at home.

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Seed Dispersal
Fall
Observe a variety of seeds to construct understandings about types of dispersal methods. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.

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Evergreen Express
Holiday
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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The Winter Garden
Winter
Investigate the dormant landscape and consider strategies plants and animals use to survive during the cold months. Craft plant bud experiments to grow at home.

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Pollination
Spring
Observe varieties of flowers and their pollinators to develop understandings about the role of pollination in the plant life cycle. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.

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GRADE 3

Wetland Ecology
Fall and Spring
Perform a site sample of a native wetland to develop understandings about the roles of plants and animals in healthy ecosystems.

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Hands-On Plant Science Workshops
At the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Students become world explorers as they engage in plant investigations inside glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts and synthesize their findings with peers in a classroom. By observing and collecting information within diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow successfully.

Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

GRADE 2

Plant Parts We Eat
Fall, Winter, Spring
Observe and compare plant parts to develop understandings about their roles in helping plants grow. Create nutritious snack medleys to taste. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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GRADES 2–3

Life in the Rain Forest
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience the layers and compare the climatic and vegetative elements between two rain forests. Consider diversity and adaptations and discover plants used for food and medicine. Pot up rain forest plants to grow at home.

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CHIHULY: Observe and Create
Begins April 25
View monumental glass sculptures throughout the Garden and consider how forms in nature inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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Amazing Plant Adaptations
Fall, Winter, Spring
Compare climatic and vegetative elements among rain forests, deserts and a carnivorous bog. Find special features that allow plants to grow successfully. Pot up plants to grow at home.

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NEW! Patterns of Plants
Fall, Winter, Spring
Find and compare shape, symmetry and series in plants and formulate ideas about their connections to allowing plants to grow. Create mandalas, an arrangement of plant parts designed in a circle using geometry.

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GRADE 3

Flowers in the Life Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience diverse environments which allow plants to grow successfully and dissect specimens to construct understandings about the roles of flowers, fruits and seeds to reproduction. Pot up experiments to grow at home.

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The Water Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Find and compare elements of air, water, and terrain of the world's biomes and develop understandings about the role of plants in the water cycle. Build terrarium experiments to take home.

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GreenSchool Guided and Self-Guided Indoor Tours
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

During the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Tours students become plant hunters as they engage in plant investigations inside the glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts. By observing and collecting information about diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow and experience the excitement of plant hunting.

Indoor Guided
Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16

Indoor Self-Guided
Cost: $65 per class | Times: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter and Spring: January 17–June 16

Guided Conservatory Tours
Experience and compare the climatic and vegetative conditions among rain forests, deserts and a bog. Construct ideas with peers using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 2: Plant Diversity
  • Grade 3: Plant Adaptations

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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Self-Guided Plant Hunters Conservatory Tours
Download a Plant Hunters Teacher Guide and pick up Student Plant Hunters Field Maps upon arrival at the Garden and experience and compare rain forests, deserts, and aquatic environments and search for plants used as medicine, food and for household goods.

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Outdoor Nature Walks
GreenSchool Guided and Self-Guided Nature Walks

Students become naturalists as they investigate special collections throughout the Garden's 250 acres. From the Thain Family Forest and Native Plant Garden to the Poetry for Every Season Poetry Walks, students observe and collect information to construct ideas about ecology with their peers, and build multicurricular connections to the plant world.

Outdoor Guided
Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Spring: March 23–June 16

Outdoor Self-Guided
Cost: $35 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16

Outdoor Guided Tours

Sensory Walk
Fall & Spring
Engage all senses to deepen plant awareness. Build understandings about how plants grow while searching for observable features and patterns.

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50-Acre Thain Family Forest Walks
Fall & Spring
Experience a native forest and construct ideas with peers about forests using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 2: Plant Diversity
  • Grade 3: Plant Adaptations

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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Native Plant Garden Walk
Fall & Spring
Experience and compare the woodland, wetland, and meadow and collect information to develop understandings about how native plants provide food, water, and habitat for animals.

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Poetry for Every Season: KIKU
Fall (October 11–28)
Experience the fall garden and read the poetry of haiku and tanka poets outdoors to discover how nature inspires literary works. Develop original poems.

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Poetry for Every Season: CHIHULY
Spring (Begins April 25)
Experience the glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. Read poetry of his contemporaries outdoors to discover how nature inspires art—both literary and visual. Develop original poems.

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Outdoor Self-Guided Garden Grounds
All Seasons
Download http://www.nybg.org/edu/teacher/activity-guides.php thematic Teacher Guides and Student Field Journals before arrival and experience and enjoy 250 acres of seasonal collections.

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Holiday Programs
November 22, 2016–January 13, 2017

Students experience the magical landscapes and model trains of the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory or in combination with an enjoyable winter botanical workshop at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden or GreenSchool.

Holiday Train Show®
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day
During this self-guided visit to the Conservatory, experience the model trains and trolleys as they move through magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings made primarily from botanical materials.

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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.
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden and Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $225 per class
Experience both Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the complementary Evergreen Express workshop in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.

Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Patterns of Plants
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $225 per class
Experience both Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the complementary Patterns of Plants workshop at the GreenSchool in the Conservatory. Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.

Classroom Resources

Introduce students to the richness of the Garden's plant collections without leaving the classroom. From virtual explorations of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to pre- and post-visit activities ideas, teachers can access practical resources to engage students.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities Sheets
Supplement Garden visits with suggested pre- and post-visit activities sheets.

School Gardening 101
Find lesson plans, videos, and tip sheets that will help you maximize learning opportunities from your school garden using this website.

Plant Hunters
Virtually explore the diverse plants and biomes housed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory using this online resource. The site includes fun and engaging plant science challenges for students along with images, information, and audio content for more than 60 plants from the rain forest to the desert.

Teacher Guides and Student Activity Packets to Download
Effective Garden field trips begin with careful planning and preparation. To help ensure your self-guided class visit is an active learning experience, please download a Teacher Guide and Student Field Journals prior to your class trip. Teacher Guides include:

  • Color Me Autumn
  • Into the Woods
  • Flower Mystery
  • Forest Forays
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail
  • Bronx River Walk
  • Westchester Indian Trail Walk
  • Special Exhibitions

Children's Education and Common Core Learning Standards

Education programs at the Garden support the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy. Immersive experiences in our unique resources provide real contexts for children to explore and observe the natural world, allowing them to connect major concepts grounded in evidence—not just from reading text or working with images, but also writing from their own direct experiences. Learn more.

Professional Development for Teachers

Teachers seeking professional development experience the beautiful collections of the Garden during multisession institutes or customized workshops. Engage in hands-on, inquiry-based field and classroom practices and gain confidence in helping students construct understandings about ecology, plant science, or practical gardening. There's even an institute customized for early childhood educators. Learn more.