Volunteers at work in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

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 Family Garden, centerpiece of the future 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!

Contact Us
Children’s Gardening Program
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
Phone: 718.817.8181
Fax: 718.817.8829
(Attn: Children’s Gardening Program)

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.


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.


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.


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Dig! Plant! Grow! Daily Activities (April - October 2017)

The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden at The Edible Academy provides hands-on gardening activities April – October, encouraging families to explore, learn, and grow.