Mother and son gardening 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 by age group, below, and come grow with us!

To reserve or inquire about the Children’s Gardening Program, follow the links below, email, or call 718.817.8181.

Face coverings are not required for NYBG visitors. Please keep in mind that many staff and visitors may continue to wear face coverings. If you are sick or symptomatic, we ask you to visit on another day. Your kindness and consideration of others is greatly appreciated.

Scholarship Application Form

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


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


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