Teacher Guides and Student Activity Packets to Download

All guided programs and self-guided tours at The New York Botanical Garden are supplemented by pre- and post- visit activities sheets that can be accessed online.

School Gardening 101

Visit our newly created resource to find lesson plans, videos, and tip sheets that will help you get the most out of your school garden.

Garden Calendar

This calendar provides a monthly guide to managing and maintaining a school garden. It is divided into administrative, community-based, curriculum-based, and gardening tasks, in order to help insure sustainability of the garden.

Plant Hunters

This online education resource makes it possible for you to virtually explore the diverse plants and biomes housed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The site includes fun and engaging plant science challenges for your students along with images, information, and audio content for more than 60 plants from the rain forest to the desert.

Professional Development for Teachers

Teachers seeking professional development experience the beautiful collections of the Garden during multisession institutes or customized workshops. Engage in hands-on, inquiry-based field and classroom practices and gain confidence in helping students construct understandings about ecology, plant science, or practical gardening. There’s even an institute customized for early childhood educators.


Common Core Learning Standards and The New York Botanical Garden

Field trips to The New York Botanical Garden support the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, and GreenSchool Workshops in the biomes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and Thain Family Forest provide real contexts for students to explore and observe the natural world, allowing them to connect major concepts grounded in evidence—not just from reading text or working with images, but also writing from their own direct experiences.

Children’s Education programs at NYBG embed science content in literacy, which supports college and career readiness standards for students’ developing classroom skills using hands-on, inquiry-based activities. These immersive experiences coupled with the whole-group discussions and small-group collaboration help students to comprehend, synthesize, and apply complex written and verbal information about science in our four program venues in the following ways:


ECAG: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden Programs GT: Guided Tours GSW: GreenSchool Workshops EA: Edible Academy Programs

  1. Text Types and Purposes

    • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or text using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. GSW
    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. GSW, GT

    Research to Build and Present Knowledge

    • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. GSW, GT, EA
    • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. GSW, GT, EA

    Range of Writing

    • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. GSW, GT


  2. Comprehension and Collaboration

    • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. ECAG, GSW, GT, EA
    • Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. GSW, GT, EA

    Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

    • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. ECAG, GSW, EA