Children and NYBG staff working in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.

Edible Academy Programs

Hands-On Gardening Activities

Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and help tend the gardens. Dig in the soil, sow seeds, water the seedlings, and harvest ripe produce through Dig! Plant! Grow! programs. Each season offers new themes to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects, while Fresh from the Garden Tastings provide weekly cooking demonstrations.

Children's Gardening Program

Summer session begins July 7, 2018

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.


A child and her grandfather standing in leaves.Sprouts offers a hands-on introduction to the fun of planting and harvesting. Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children ages 3–5 experience nature up close as they explore the garden, dig for worms, and make crafts. Please note: One adult must attend; no infants, toddlers, or older siblings. Programs run rain or shine.

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Photo of a student in the Children's Gardening Program, ECAGIn Crafters, kids ages 6–12 plant a garden with tasty vegetables, fresh herbs, and beautiful flowers, and then take home organic produce harvested from their very own garden plot! Seasonal themes and activities enhance the experience. Programs run rain or shine.

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Summer Art, Sustainability, and Culinary Camps | New!

Introducing weeklong camps at the beautiful new Edible Academy campus! Choose from three different day camps that use the Garden as inspiration for art projects, environmental stewardship, or culinary innovation! Sign up for one, two, or all three weeks.

Kids in the Family Garden

Session 1: July 9–13
Session 2: July 16–20
Session 3: July 23–27
9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
Weekly: $350 Non-Member | $315 Member
3-Week Summer Session: Save 10% when you register for all 3 weeks! Use code EASU18 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

July 9–13

Calling all budding artists to paint, craft, and create in the garden! Younger campers explore the shapes, colors, and textures of the outdoors to make art inspired by nature at the beautiful Edible Academy campus. Older artists learn about art and artists inspired by nature, build curiosity and self-confidence in creative self-expression, culminating in a portfolio of projects representing a variety of media and techniques.


July 16–20

How can the sun power both plants and buildings? What is a green roof? How does the watershed work? Younger campers get hands-on as they explore the sustainable technology throughout the new Edible Academy campus. Older campers explore ecosystems, get deep down in the earth, and harness the power of the sun by investigating the technology that makes the Edible Academy work and applying it to real-world challenges.


July 23–27

Whether you are a “top chef” or a beginner in the kitchen, sharpen your skills in a weeklong culinary camp! Chop, measure, and flavor produce harvested from the garden in creative recipes both healthful and delicious. Younger campers will learn the basics of new culinary techniques as they make, sample, and share a suite of age-appropriate recipes. Older campers have the opportunity to develop advanced culinary skills and develop recipe inventions of their own.