Photo of students learning in the Conservatory

Grades 2-3

Select from one of our engaging class trips below and register online.

Questions? Contact us at childed@nybg.org or call 718.817.8181.

At The Edible Academy

Students become gardeners as they engage in activities for growing healthful food outdoors. From sowing seeds to watering and harvesting, students build interdisciplinary connections among seasons and growing plants while experiencing the excitement of hands-on gardening!

GRADES 2-3

Fall: September 28–October 27
Spring: May 29–June 13
Summer: July 11–August 17 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Summer
Dig, plant, and water garden beds and discover ways plants grow and change in summer. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Fall
Dig, plant, and water garden beds in preparation for winter and discover ways plants grow and change in fall. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Spring
Dig, plant, and water garden beds to begin the growing season and discover ways plants grow and change in spring. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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At the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Students become nature explorers as they investigate how plant and animal life they find within a dynamic environment responds to the seasons. Through observation, thematic explorations, and a chance to wonder and construct ideas with their peers, students experience the natural world first-hand.

Fall: September 28–November 17
Holiday: November 28–January 12
Winter: January 30–March 16
Spring: March 22–June 15
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Winter Times: 10:30 a.m.12 p.m.

GRADES 2-3

Pumpkin Life Cycle
Until October 31
Celebrate fall and investigate gourds and giant pumpkins to develop understandings about pumpkin diversity and the life cycle. Conduct seed germination experiments to grow at home.
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Seed Dispersal
Fall
Observe a variety of seeds to construct understandings about types of dispersal methods. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.
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Evergreen Express
Holiday
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.
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The Winter Garden
Winter
Investigate the dormant landscape and consider strategies plants and animals use to survive during the cold months. Craft plant bud experiments to grow at home.
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Pollination
Spring
Observe varieties of flowers and their pollinators to develop understandings about the role of pollination in the plant life cycle. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.
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GRADE 3

Wetland Ecology
Fall and Spring
Perform a site sample of a native wetland to develop understandings about the roles of plants and animals in healthy ecosystems.
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At the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Students become world explorers as they engage in plant investigations inside glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts and synthesize their findings with peers in a classroom. By observing and collecting information within diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow successfully.

Fall: September 28–November 17
Winter: November 28–March 16
Spring: March 22–June 15
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

GRADE 2

Plant Parts We Eat
Fall, Winter, Spring
Observe and compare plant parts to develop understandings about their roles in helping plants grow. Create nutritious snack medleys to taste. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.
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GRADES 2–3

Life in the Rain Forest
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience the layers and compare the climatic and vegetative elements between two rain forests. Consider diversity and adaptations and discover plants used for food and medicine. Pot up rain forest plants to grow at home.
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CHIHULY: Observe and Create
Until October 27
View monumental glass sculptures throughout the Garden and consider how forms in nature inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.
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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI’I: Observe and Create 
Begins May 22
Enter a Hawaiian paradise evocative of the landscapes that inspired the artwork of O’Keeffe and explore the remarkable flora and ecological complexity of Hawai’i. Create nature-inspired art.
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Amazing Plant Adaptations
Fall, Winter, Spring
Compare climatic and vegetative elements among rain forests, deserts and a carnivorous bog. Find special features that allow plants to grow successfully. Pot up plants to grow at home.
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Patterns of Plants
Fall, Winter, Spring
Find and compare shape, symmetry and series in plants and formulate ideas about their connections to allowing plants to grow. Create mandalas, an arrangement of plant parts designed in a circle using geometry.
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GRADE 3

Flowers in the Life Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience diverse environments which allow plants to grow successfully and dissect specimens to construct understandings about the roles of flowers, fruits and seeds to reproduction. Pot up experiments to grow at home.
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The Water Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Find and compare elements of air, water, and terrain of the world’s biomes and develop understandings about the role of plants in the water cycle. Build terrarium experiments to take home.
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In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

During the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Tours students become plant hunters as they engage in plant investigations inside the glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts. By observing and collecting information about diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow and experience the excitement of plant hunting.

Indoor Guided
Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 28–November 17
Winter: November 28–March 16
Spring: March 22–June 15

Indoor Self-Guided
Cost: $65 per class | Times: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fall: September 28–November 17
Winter and Spring: January 16–June 15

Interactive Guided Conservatory Tours
Experience and compare the climatic and vegetative conditions among rain forests, deserts and a bog. Construct ideas with peers using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 2: Plant Diversity
  • Grade 3: Plant Adaptations

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)
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THE ORCHID SHOW
March 6–April 20, 2018
Explore the naturalistic and cultivated displays of orchids to understand where and how orchids grow and reproduce successfully around the world.
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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI’I
Begins May 22, 2018
Enter a Hawaiian paradise evocative of the landscape that inspired the artwork of O’Keeffe and explore the remarkable flora and ecological complexity of Hawai’i. Create an image reflecting your visions of Hawai’i.
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Self-Guided Plant Hunters Conservatory Tours
Download a Plant Hunters Teacher Guide and pick up Student Plant Hunters Field Maps upon arrival at the Garden and experience and compare rain forests, deserts, and aquatic environments and search for plants used as medicine, food and for household goods.
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GreenSchool Guided and Self-Guided Nature Walks

Students become naturalists as they investigate special collections throughout the Garden’s 250 acres. From the Thain Family Forest and Native Plant Garden to the Poetry for Every Season Poetry Walks, students observe and collect information to construct ideas about ecology with their peers, and build multicurricular connections to the plant world.

Outdoor Guided
Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 28–November 17
Spring: March 22–June 15

Outdoor Self-Guided
Cost: $40 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: September 28–November 17
Winter: November 28–March 16
Spring: March 22–June 15

Outdoor Guided Tours

Sensory Walk
Fall & Spring
Engage all senses to deepen plant awareness. Build understandings about how plants grow while searching for observable features and patterns.
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50-Acre Thain Family Forest Walks
Fall & Spring
Explore a native forest and construct ideas with peers about forests using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 2: Plant Diversity
  • Grade 3: Plant Adaptations

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)
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Native Plant Garden Walk
Fall & Spring
Experience and compare the woodland, wetland, and meadow and collect information to develop understandings about how native plants provide food, water, and habitat for animals.
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Poetry for Every Season: CHIHULY
Until October 27
Experience the glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. Read poetry of visiting children and be inspired to develop original poems.
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Poetry for Every Season: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI’I
Begins May 22
Enter a Hawaiian paradise evocative of the landscape that inspired the artwork of O’Keeffe and explore the remarkable flora and ecological complexity of Hawai’i. Read and develop original poems.
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Outdoor Self-Guided Garden Grounds
All Seasons
Download thematic Teacher Guides and Student Field Journals before arrival and experience and enjoy 250 acres of seasonal collections.
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Students experience the magical landscapes and model trains of the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory or in combination with an enjoyable winter botanical workshop at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden or GreenSchool.

Holiday Train Show®
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day
During this self-guided visit to the Conservatory, experience the model trains and trolleys as they move through magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings made primarily from botanical materials.

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Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $205 per class
Experience both the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the complementary Evergreen Express workshop in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.

Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Patterns of Plants
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $205 per class
Experience both Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the complementary Patterns of Plants workshop at the GreenSchool in the Conservatory.

Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.

Gingerbread Lounge Lunch Area
Location: Gingerbread Lounge
Cost: Free for all Schools (Advance Registration Required)
Dates: November 22 – January 12
Times: 11 a.m. –1:30 p.m. (Last entry is at 1 p.m.)
Experience the holiday season in a festive environment while enjoying lunch indoors in the heated Gingerbread Lounge eating facility. Limited space available: maximum five classes every 30 minutes.

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