Professional Development

NYBG’s Professional Development Institutes for Teachers provide educators the tools and training they need to enhance their students’ understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around them. These programs provide a six-day immersion in which participants learn how to make teaching fun through field-tested, hands-on, inquiry-based activities that focus on STEM education. Participants may earn “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education.

Cost: $200* (includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, and plants)

*Three “P” in-service credits from the New York City Department of Education are available for all Institutes. Additional fees and requirements apply for P-credit courses. You should apply first for P-credits via The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). Then, after registering with ASPDP, you can return to NYBG to register with us.


For more information, email or call 718.817.8140.


School Gardening 101—Creating a Garden

Dates: March 24, April 7 & 28, & May 19, 2019 (Sundays)
Advocate, plan, create, or revive a school garden. Hone skills for designing, budgeting, and integrating the garden across the curriculum.


Botany in the Garden

Dates: April 22–27, 2019 (Monday–Saturday)
Construct understandings about different plants, how they grow and reproduce, and the role they play in ecology.


Seedlings Institute for Early Childhood Educators (Grades Pre-K−2)

Dates: July 8–13, 2019 (Monday–Saturday)
Strengthen science instruction using inquiry-based activities that bridge curricular connections between math and literacy for early learners.



Dates: July 22–27, 2019 (Monday–Saturday)
Explore ways artist Burle Marx fused modern art, Brazilian culture, and native plant diversity to create distinct landscape designs using bold color and geometric forms. Explore how forms found in nature can provide an inquiry-based framework for learning and art making.


Plant, Learn, & Grow: School Gardening 201

Dates: July 29–August 3, 2019 (Monday–Saturday)
Connect seasonal plantings and practical maintenance of school gardens into an integrated classroom curriculum.




Administrators seeking additional professional development opportunities for their teachers can select from a menu of half- or full-day customized workshops. Prearranged groups of educators can choose from workshop topics such as Connecting Science to Common Core, Math in the Garden, and more, or suggest their own topic. Garden staff will work with educators to customize a program suited to the needs of each group.

Customized Professional Development Workshops

These half- or full-day customized programs are available for prearranged groups of educators. Choose from the topics below or suggest your own and our staff will work with you to customize a program suited to the needs of your group.

Suggested Workshop Topics

  • Gardening and Growing at School
  • Math in the Garden
  • Nature for Early Learners (Pre-School)
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the Garden

Half-day Seminar: $35 per teacher
Full-day Seminar: $65 per teacher

Fees include all supplies, materials, and entry into the Garden. Coffee and tea are provided.
A minimum of 12 participants is required.
Call 718.817.8140 to set up a Professional Development Workshop for your school or district educators.


Become a Teacher Member of the Garden for only $68 a year, and enjoy all the benefits of Membership. Call 718.817.8703 for details.

Support provided by Cynthia D. Brodsky, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc., and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.