Kids watering plants in the Edible Academy

Children’s Gardening Program

The Children’s Gardening Program offers the perfect way for kids to get outside and get their hands dirty. Guided by instructors, children plant, tend, and harvest fresh vegetables and herbs, and learn about topics from pollination to composting. The program takes place in the Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden, centerpiece of the Edible Academy. Each gardening season offers unique and engaging activities customized for kids ages 3–5 and ages 6–12. Register for one or all three seasons by age group, below, and come grow with us!

Family Programs Brochure

Discover more programs at NYBG intended for families including the Children’s Gardening Program, Science Camps, Nature Explorers for early learners and their caregivers.


Photo of kids at play in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, ECAG

Scholarship Application Form

Partial scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the Rebecca Sealy Mallory Foundation.


Photo of students in the Children's Gardening Program, ECAG

Registration Form

This PDF is for parents who wish to register for The Children’s Gardening Program by mail or fax, rather than using our online system.