At The New York Botanical Garden, we grow more than just plants—we grow people too. We strive to deliver innovative and interactive programs for teachers that help you bring the world of plants to your students in fun and exciting ways.

NYBG's Professional Development Program for Teachers provides educators the tools and training they need to enhance their students' understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around them. Teachers can enroll in specialized week-long Institutes and customizable workshops at the Garden and can take advantage of free online resources and lesson plans. Our programs align with New York City Science Standards, New York State Learning Standards, National Science Education Standards, and the Common Core Learning Standards. Whether you want to build a school garden or find more engaging ways to introduce inquiry and observation skills into the classroom, the Garden's experts are ready to train you.

Professional Development Institutes

Six-day Professional Development Institutes at the Garden cover topics from school gardening to earth science, and offer teachers the tools and training they need to integrate plants and science into the classroom. Immersed in guided breakout sessions, outdoor workshops, and lesson planning, participants develop field-tested, hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students, which can be integrated into curricula that meet Common Core Learning standards. For teachers who wish to learn more about plant, earth, and ecological sciences, the NYBG Institutes are truly unmatched. P-credits and state licensing hours are available. Learn more.


Administrators seeking additional professional development opportunities for their teachers can select from a menu of half- or full-day customized workshops. Prearranged groups of educators can choose from workshop topics such as Connecting Science and the Common Core, S.T.E.M. Education and the Living Environment, and more, or suggest their own topic. Garden staff will work with educators to customize a program suited to the needs of each group. Learn more.