Plan Your School Visit

Registration & Payment

  • Advance registration and payment are required for all programs.
  • Combined classes are not permitted. Prices indicated are for one class.
  • Special needs classes with 12 or fewer students are accommodated at a lower fee. Please inform us about any special considerations we should be aware of with your group.
  • An invoice will be e-mailed to the registering teacher detailing visit schedule and payment.
  • Payment and/or purchase order copy is due two weeks after registration is received.

The scheduled visit is not confirmed until payment is received.
Payment may be made by purchase order, check, money order, or credit card (MasterCard/VISA/AMEX). New York City Department of Education Vendor Code NEW095000. Please note that you are responsible for forwarding purchase order information to your district.

MasterCard® is the Preferred Card of The New York Botanical Garden.

Mail checks and money orders, payable to The New York Botanical Garden, to:
The New York Botanical Garden School Programs
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5153
To register: 718.817.8181
For payment questions: 718.817.8743
Fax: 718.817.8829 • E-mail: childed@nybg.org

Changes and Cancellations

If you make a scheduling change, we will attempt to reschedule your visit within the school year. After the first scheduling change, a $15 processing fee will be charged for each additional change. Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 2–4 weeks in advance will be refunded 50%. For cancellations made two weeks or less before a program, there are no refunds.

Before Arrival

You will be e-mailed a map with specific entrance and exit procedures for the school group entrance, the Everett Garden Gate. If your group is traveling on more than one bus, please make sure that a teacher on each bus has a bus pass.

  • Bus Pass: Put the bus pass in the front window of the bus. This is the only way Garden staff will be able to direct you to the correct program.
  • Please consult these materials before arrival.

Arrival

Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get to your specific program location. All school buses should stop at the Garden’s school group entrance, the Everett Garden Gate, located on Southern Boulevard across from Fordham University. From there, they will be directed to either disembark or proceed to a different location. Bus parking is not available within the Garden. However, there is street parking along Southern Boulevard. All programs will end at the originally scheduled time. Groups arriving more than one-half hour late will be cancelled. No refunds are available. School groups are not permitted to board the Tram.

Chaperones

For Pre-K, one adult chaperone is required per five students. For Grades K and above, one adult chaperone is required per seven students. A maximum of three additional chaperones may accompany a class for an additional fee of $12 per person.

Please note: In order to provide the best possible program, we cannot accommodate more than the required chaperones in our classes. Adult chaperones over the suggested ratio are welcome to walk the Garden grounds, visit the Pine Tree Café, or Shop in the Garden while the class is in session and then rejoin the students when class is finished.

Inclement Weather

Programs run rain or shine. If you choose to reschedule, please call by 8:30 a.m. While there is shelter available at the Clay Picnic Pavilions near the Everett School Gate, there are no indoor facilities outside program areas, and limited indoor space at many educational facilities. Please have students dress appropriately for the weather.

Accessibility

The Botanical Garden, its buildings, and its tour vehicles are accessible. Due to the Garden’s varied topography, portions of the historic landscape may be inaccessible. In addition, sign language interpreters are available. Please notify the Children’s Education Registration office of any special needs at least 48 hours in advance of your visit.

Lunch

All school groups must bring lunches. There are no indoor lunch facilities. School groups are invited to eat in the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions located near the Everett Garden Gate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. All school groups must register for a trip in advance. Register a trip by calling 718-817-8181 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For full details on Registration and Payment procedures, please click here.

  2. All guided workshops and programs require one NYBG instructor per class. In order to provide the best experience, combining more than one class per instructor is not allowed. Our class sizes are as follows:

    • Pre-Kindergarten: 18 students max., 1 adult per 5 students (including the teacher)
    • Kindergarten: 25 students max., 1 adult per 7 students (including the teacher)
    • Grades 1–8: 30 students max., 1 adult per 7 students (including the teacher)
    • Self-Contained Pre-K–8: 12 students max., 1 adult per 2 students (including the teacher)

    The number of classes that can be accommodated vary by program. Please contact the registration office for details on bringing multiple classes. Call: 718.817.8181.

  3. Yes! School groups are welcomed to eat their pre-packed lunches at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion, which is located near the School Group Entrance. Groups are not allowed at the dining restaurants on Garden Grounds. There are no indoor group lunch facilities.

  4. School group check-in is at the Everett Garden Gate, located on 2900 Southern Boulevard, across from Fordham University. All school groups must be picked up at the Everett Garden Gate at the end of their visit. For Directions, click here. For an NYBG Map, click here.

  5. Our programs run rain or shine! Please have students dress appropriately for the weather. If you choose to reschedule, please call the registration office by 8:30 a.m. Call: 718.817.8181.

  6. If you make a scheduling change, we will attempt to reschedule your visit within the school year. After the first scheduling change, a $15 processing fee will be charged for each additional change. Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 2–4 weeks in advance will be refunded 50%. For cancellations made two weeks or less before a program, there are no refunds.

  7. In order to help preserve the Garden as a living museum and national historic landmark, recreational sports and activities are not allowed. To learn more about ways to help support our mission, please click here.

  8. All school groups visits require a reservation. Please call us at 718.817.8181 to register for a self-guided trip. Please note that some areas of the Garden are not accessible for self-guided groups. For Self-Guided Activity Guides, click here.

  9. Our educational programs can be modified to fulfill the goals of each group. Please feel free to call the registration office to tell us more about your group and how we can accommodate your students. Call 718.817.8181.