Photo of students learning in the Conservatory

Grades 4-5

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

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

The Louise and Henry Loeb School for Children’s Gardening 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 4–5

Fall: October 2–November 2, 2018
Winter: January 8–March 22, 2019
Spring: April 2–June 14, 2019
Summer: July 9–August 16, 2019 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Fall, Spring, & Summer | How Does Your Garden Grow?
Explore soil, plant, and water the garden to discover ways plants grow and change seasonally. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Winter | How Does Your Garden Grow?
Explore the garden in winter. Discover ways plants grow and change during cold months in a greenhouse. Pot up indoor plants to grow at home.

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Fall | Edible Explorers
Harvest, measure, chop, and mix garden produce into a delicious autumn recipe, and dig deeper into the culinary arts.

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Winter | Solar Studies
Explore how plants and people use the sun’s energy to survive. Taste winter garden
greens, start seeds in a greenhouse, and discover the power of the sun.

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Spring | Around the World
Explore flavors and seeds from around the world through taste tests and international recipes. Investigate the origin of a favorite spring vegetable, and plant in the garden.

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The Edible Academy is open year-round! Students visit four times across the school year to dig deeper into the topics below. Each visit builds on the previous, and teachers return to school with lesson ideas that support student learning between sessions.

Cost: $800
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Register by October 1 by calling our Registration Office at 718.817.8181.

Session 1: October 2–November 2, 2018
Session 2: November 13–December 19, 2018
Session 3: March 12–April 18, 2019
Session 4: April 30–June 7, 2019

Native American Studies
Visit the Three Sisters Garden and prepare recipes that have sustained the Lenape people. Find and compare native plants and investigate their traditional usage.

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: October 2–November 16, 2018
Holiday: November 27, 2018–January 18, 2019
Winter: January 29–March 15, 2019
Spring: March 21–June 14, 2019
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 4–5

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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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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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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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: October 2–November 16, 2018
Holiday: November 27, 2018–January 18, 2019
Winter: January 29–March 15, 2019
Spring: March 21–June 14, 2019
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 4–5

Life in the Rain Forest
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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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI‘I: Observe and Create
Until October 26, 2018
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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ROBERTO BURLE MARX: Observe and Create
June 11–14, 2019
Explore ways artist Burle Marx fused modern art, Brazilian culture, and native plant diversity to create distinct landscape designs. Create nature-inspired art.

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Amazing Plant Adaptations
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
Winter
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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Flowers in the Life Cycle
Winter
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
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: October 2–November 16, 2018
Winter: November 27, 2018–March 15, 2019
Spring: March 21–June 14, 2019

Indoor Self-Guided
Cost: $65 per class | Times: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 16, 2018
Winter and Spring: January 22–June 14, 2019

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 4: Plants in their Environment
  • Grade 5: Exploring Ecosystems

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI’I
Until October 26, 2018

Hawai‘i in the Conservatory
Enter a Hawaiian paradise evocative of the landscapes that inspired the artwork of O’Keeffe and explore the flora and ecology of Hawai‘i. Create nature-inspired art.

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Works in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery (Grade 5, 10 a.m. only)
View O’Keeffe’s paintings depicting Hawai‘i.

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THE ORCHID SHOW
February 26–April 26, 2019
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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ROBERTO BURLE MARX
June 11–14, 2019
Explore ways artist Burle Marx fused modern art, Brazilian culture and native plant diversity to create distinct landscape designs. Create nature-inspired art.

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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 27–November 16, 2018
Spring: March 21–June 14, 2019

Outdoor Self-Guided (Online Registration Only)

Cost: $40 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: October 2–November 16, 2018
Winter: November 27, 2018–March 15, 2019
Spring:
March 21–June 14, 2019

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 4: Plants in their Environment
  • Grade 5: Exploring Ecosystems

(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: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI‘I
Until October 26, 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. Read and develop original poems.

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Poetry for Every Season: Poetry Walk
June 11–14, 2019
Read contemporary poems and explore ways the natural world and ecology influence writers. Develop original poems.

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Rock Garden
Spring
Explore and find the basic conditions necessary to support the growing needs of rock and alpine plants.

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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 observe evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about how they survive. 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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