For Families

Every day at the Garden families can embark on an exciting adventure to discover the world of plants. Each season brings new opportunities to explore and to make lifelong connections with nature.

The New York Botanical Garden is the perfect place to bring your family any time of year, with outdoor nature exploration each day in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden featuring seasonally changing programs, themed outdoor galleries, a nature wetland, and more. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, The Edible Academy provides hands-on gardening activities from April through October, encouraging little ones and adults alike to play in the dirt. Dig! Plant! Grow! with us every afternoon, taking part in activities that change monthly. With new gardening programs and special events all year round, you'll always have a reason to come back!


Seasonal Highlights

Dig, Plant, Grow: Pickle Me!
July 19 – August 15, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Go on a Pickle Parade through the Family Garden to learn about plants—both familiar and unfamiliar—that take part in the pickling process. Learn what it takes to pickle and make your very own batch of pickles to savor back at home.

Family Adventures: Focusing on Nature
May 17 – September 7
Weekdays; 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holiday Mondays; 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is a fun, beautiful space that captures the imagination of children, and brings out their inner explorer. Children are invited to come learn about the natural world around us, and investigate how technology has changed the way we view it. They will explore the world through a "new lens" while learning about how observations of nature have been shared throughout time.

Children's Gardening Program
Fall session begins September 6

Offered in the spring, summer, and fall, kids ages 3–12 plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and are taught lessons on gardening topics from beans to worms. To learn more and to register, call 718.817.8181 or visit nybg.org/cgp


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The Children's Gardening Program is a part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program at the Garden, made possible through the generous support of

Community Garden Programs sponsored by

Leadership support for Children's Education Programs is provided by the Altman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Con Edison, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., The Everett Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mrs. Andrew Heiskell, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.