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. Please inform us about any special considerations we should be aware of with your group.
  • An invoice will be e-mailed to the registering teacher detailing visit schedule and payment.
  • Payment and/or purchase order copy 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). 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: childed@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.
• 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.
• 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. School groups are not permitted to board the Tram.

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.

Please note: In order to provide the best possible program, we cannot accommodate more than the required chaperones in our classes. Adult chaperones over the suggested ratio are welcome to walk the Garden grounds, visit the Pine Tree Café, or Shop in the Garden while the class is in session and then rejoin the students when class is finished.

Inclement Weather
Programs run rain or shine. If you choose to reschedule, please call by 8:30 a.m. While there is shelter available at the Clay Picnic Pavilions near the Everett School Gate, there are no indoor facilities outside program areas, and limited indoor space at many educational facilities. Please have students dress appropriately for the weather.

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.


School Visits - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my class for a program?
All school groups must register for a trip in advance. Register a trip by calling 718-817-8181 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For full details on Registration and Payment procedures, please click here.

How many children can I bring?
All guided workshops and programs require one NYBG instructor per class. In order to provide the best experience, combining more than one class per instructor is not allowed. Our class sizes are as follows:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 18 students max., 1 adult per 5 students (including the teacher)
  • Kindergarten: 25 students max., 1 adult per 7 students (including the teacher)
  • Grades 1–8: 30 students max., 1 adult per 7 students (including the teacher)
  • Self-Contained Pre-K–8: 12 students max., 1 adult per 2 students (including the teacher)

The number of classes that can be accommodated vary by program. Please contact the registration office for details on bringing multiple classes: 718.817.8181.

Is there a place to have lunch?
Yes! School groups are welcomed to eat their pre-packed lunches at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion, which is located near the School Group Entrance. Groups are not allowed at the dining restaurants on Garden Grounds. There are no indoor group lunch facilities.

Where does our School bus drop us off and pick us up?
School group check-in is at the Everett Garden Gate, located on 2900 Southern Boulevard, across from Fordham University. All school groups must be picked up at the Everett Garden Gate at the end of their visit. For Directions, click here. For an NYBG Map, click here.

What if the forecast shows rain or snow on the day of my trip?
Our programs run rain or shine! Please have students dress appropriately for the weather. If you choose to reschedule, please call the registration office by 8:30 a.m.: 718.817.8181.

What if I need to make a change, or cancel my trip?
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.

Can we bring Frisbees, blankets, volleyballs, or kites?
In order to help preserve the Garden as a living museum and national historic landmark, recreational sports and activities are not allowed. To learn more about ways to help support our mission, please click here.

We'd just like to walk around self-guided. Do I need to register?
All school groups visits require a reservation. Please call us at 718.817.8181 to register for a self-guided trip. Please note that some areas of the Garden are not accessible for self-guided groups. For Self-Guided Activity Guides, click here.

How can you accommodate my special needs class?
Our educational programs can be modified to fulfill the goals of each group. Please feel free to call the registration office to tell us more about your group and how we can accommodate your students: 718.817.8181.


Garden Information

Plan to Be Outdoors
Most of the Garden consists of outdoor spaces. The Garden's 250 acres are open in all weather conditions, and a visit can include extensive walking. Please plan your attire accordingly.

Travel Light
The Garden does not have coat-check facilities and certain items are prohibited in various indoor spaces, so plan accordingly. Strollers, easels, tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are allowed throughout the Garden grounds with the exception of the Conservatory, Discovery Center, Ross Hall, and Art Gallery. Stroller parking is available at these locations. The Garden reserves the right to inspect all bags.

Lost and Found
If you left something behind at the Garden, contact the Security Office at 718.817.8664. Items that are not claimed after 60 days are donated to charity.

Help us preserve the Garden! In order to keep the Garden healthy and vibrant, please have all students and chaperones follow these simple rules:

Do:
Stay on paths.
Deposit trash, recyclables, and compost in designated receptacles.
Picnic in the designated picnic area—Clay Family Picnic Pavilion.
Wear shirts and shoes at all times.

Don't:
Pick flowers.
Touch plants or trees.
Climb trees or rocks.
Feed animals or birds.
Bring your pets. (Sight-enabling guide dogs/animals are permitted.)
Smoke.
Bring alcohol onto the premises.
Build fires.
Use portable radios.
Engage in recreational sports, including skating, ball playing, and cycling.
Play, sunbathe, or bring blankets, tripods, or easels onto the Garden's lawns.