NYBG's Professional Development Institutes for Teachers provide educators the tools and training they need to enhance their students' understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around them. These programs provide a six-day immersion in which participants learn how to make teaching fun through field-tested, hands-on, inquiry-based activities that focus on STEM education. Participants may earn "P" in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education or up to 175 hours for State License requirements.

Cost: $200* (includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, and plants)

*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. You should apply first for P-credits via The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). Then, after registering with ASPDP, you can return to NYBG to register with us.


For more information, email teachered@nybg.org or call 718.817.8140.

Botany in the Garden

Dates: October 1—November 5 (6 Saturdays)
Construct understandings about different plants; how they grow and reproduce and the role they play in ecology. Register

School Gardening 101—Creating a Garden

Dates: February 20–25 (Monday–Saturday)
Advocate, plan, create or revive a school garden. Hone skills for designing, budgeting and integrating the garden across the curriculum. Register

Helping S.T.E.M. Take Root (Grades 3–8)

Dates: April 10–15, 2017
Integrate S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) content into curriculum with a focus on Citizen Science. Register

Seedlings Institute for Early Childhood Educators (Grades Pre-K–2)

Dates: July 10–15 (Monday–Saturday)
Strengthen science instruction using inquiry-based activities to support cross-curricular connections between math and literacy for early learners. Register

Plant, Learn, & Grow: School Gardening 201—Curriculum Connections

Dates: July 17–22 (Monday–Saturday)
Connect seasonal plantings and practical maintenance of school gardens into an integrated classroom curriculum. Register

The Art of Science—CHIHULY

Dates: July 24–29 (Monday–Saturday)
Observe the monumental glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly and explore how forms found in nature can provide an inquiry-based framework for learning and art making. Register