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.

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 6–8

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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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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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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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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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 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 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
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
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 (10 a.m. only)
View O’Keeffe’s paintings depicting Hawai‘i.

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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 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: 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

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 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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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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