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: 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.

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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Photosynthesis
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience diverse environments which allow plants to grow successfully. Build understandings about the role of plants as producers and conduct an experiment about photosynthesis.
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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
Begin May 22, 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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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: September 28–November 17
Winter: November 28–March 16
Spring: March 22–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 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
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 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 28–November 17
Spring: March 22–June 15

Guided Nature Walks

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 Tradeoffs

(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 school 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, 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. Read and develop original poems.
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Select plant science and ecology activities take place on the first Wednesday of each month thanks to the generous support of the Con Edison STEM Day Out initiative.

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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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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