Photo of students learning in the Conservatory

Grades 6-8

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 6–8

Fall: October 2–November 1 (How Does Your Garden Grow?)
October 2–December 13 (Edible Explorers)
Winter: January 14–March 20
Spring: March 31–June 12
Summer: July 8–August 14 (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.

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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 | 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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Winter | Cooking with Winter Crops—NEW!
Use produce and herbs from the Edible Academy to follow a recipe. Discover the ways that different foods are preserved for the winter season.

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Spring | Around the World
Use the five senses to explore flavors and seeds from around the world through taste tests and recipes. Investigate the spring garden through planting and harvesting.

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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 22
Winter: December 3–March 20
Spring: March 24–June 14
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15

GRADES 6–8

KUSAMA at NYBG: Observe and Create
Begins May 5
View Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant sculptural installations throughout the Garden and consider how plants and flowers inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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Amazing Plant Adaptations
Compare habitat features among rain forests, deserts, and a carnivorous bog. Find traits that allow plants to survive. 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 ways structure related to function. 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 that allow plants to grow successfully. Dissect specimens to understand 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.
(Grades 6–8 must register for guided programs.)

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 22
Winter: December 3–March 20
Spring: March 24–June 12

Indoor Self-Guided
Due to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s palm dome restoration, only guided programs are available.

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 6: Diversity of Life
  • Grade 7: Dynamic Equilibrium: Plant Survival
  • Grade 8: Humans and the Environment: Needs and Tradeoffs

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

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THE ORCHID SHOW
February 18–April 10
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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KUSAMA at NYBG
Begins May 5
View Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant sculptural installations throughout the Garden and consider how plants and flowers inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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KUSAMA at NYBG—Works in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building
Begins May 6 (Wednesdays and Thursdays only)
Find ways the natural world shaped and continues to inspire Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s profound body of work.

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GreenSchool 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 multi-curricular connections to the plant world.
(Grades 6–8 must register for guided programs.)

Outdoor Guided

Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: October 2–November 16
Spring: March 24–June 12

Outdoor Self-Guided (Online Registration Only)

Cost: $45 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: September 26–November 16
Winter: November 26–March 13
Spring: March 17–June 12

Outdoor Guided Tours

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 6: Diversity of Life
  • Grade 7: Dynamic Equilibrium: Plant Survival
  • Grade 8: Humans and the Environment: Needs and Trade-offs

(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 a woodland, wetland, and meadow to build understandings about the role of native plants in the ecosystem.

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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: Conservatory Plaza
Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day
During this self-guided visit, 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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Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Patterns of Plants
Location: Conservatory Plaza
Cost: $205 per class
Experience both Holiday Train Show® and the complementary Patterns of Plants workshop and tour at the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

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

Gingerbread Lounge Lunch Area
Location: Gingerbread Tent
Cost: Free for all Schools (Advance Registration Required)
Dates: December 3– January 17
Times: 10:45–11:15 a.m., 11:30–12 p.m., and 12:15–12:45 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 per time session. Last entry is at 12:15 p.m..

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