Tomatoes growing at the Edible Academy

Workshops for Kids

The New York Botanical Garden promotes learning about science, nature, and gardening to children, in a series of live, online and on-site workshops. More than a dozen virtual and in-person field trips are available to school classes, homeschool groups, and learning pod programs.

These fun, interactive live workshops led by NYBG educators allow children to experience—and ask questions about—the woodlands, wetlands, and meadows around the Garden, as well as our collection of desert plants in the Conservatory.

All of NYBG’s programs complement classroom learning and support learning standards prescribed by New York City and New York State, and also align with the national Next Generation Science Standards.

We appreciate your support, and look forward to helping you and your children learn through these new programs.

To reserve or inquire about your virtual field trip, follow the links below, email childed@nybg.org, or call 718.817.8181.

PLANT SCIENCE TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
AT THE GREENSCHOOL

Lowland rainforest gallery in the Conservatory

  1. Rainforest and Desert Exploration | Spring, Fall, and Winter

    Take a virtual tour of the biomes of the world in the Conservatory, and compare the climate and flora found in rain forests and deserts. Discover special ways plants grow and survive in each environment.

    Remote:
    April 6–June 11, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    $100 per group

    Register

    December 1, 2020–March 19, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m
    $100 per group

    September 29–November 20, 2020; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group

  2. KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature | Spring

    View Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant sculptural installations amongst the Garden landscape and discover how life cycles of plants and flowers reveal her profound connection with nature in her art.

    Remote:
    April 6–June 11, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    $100 per group

    On-site:
    April 6–June 11, 2021;10–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $55 per group

    Register


    Rainforest and Desert Exploration | Spring, Fall, & Winter

    Take a virtual tour of the biomes of the world in the Conservatory, and compare the climate and flora found in rain forests and deserts. Discover special ways plants grow and survive in each environment.

    Remote:
    April 6–June 11, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    $100 per group

    Register

    December 1, 2020–March 19, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m
    $100 per group

    September 29–November 20, 2020; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group

PLANT AND NATURE EXPLORATIONS
AT THE EVERETT CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE GARDEN

The Wetland pavilion with a sweetgum tree branch in the foreground

  1. Flowers and Pollinators | Spring

    Why are flowers so important to the life cycle of butterflies and bees?  Join us on a search for flowers growing on plants outdoors. This workshop will dissect flower specimens and collect evidence to help children answer this question. Marigold seed planting kits provided for each student.

    Remote:
    April 13–June 11, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    $100 per group

    On-site:
    April 13–June 11, 2021; 10–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $55 per group

    Register


    Celebrate Black Botanists! | Black History Month

    Discover amazing Black plant champions working in science today! Develop your own science identity by conducting botany investigations, and setting up an experiment to grow at home.

    February 2–March 19, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group


    Winter in the Garden | Winter

    Investigate the landscape and consider strategies plants and animals use to survive during the cold months. Children will explore plant specimens to search for signs of life.

    December 1, 2020–January 29, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group


    Fruits and Seeds | Fall

    Why do plants make fruit? Join us for a search for fruit growing on plants outdoors. This workshop will dissect fruit specimens and collect evidence to help children answer this question.

    September 29–November 20, 2020; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group

  2. Wetland Ecology | Spring and Fall

    Perform a site sample of a native wetland and find the connections between plants and animals in healthy ecosystems. Investigate macroinvertebrates and dissect a cattail plant from our pond using science tools.

    Remote:
    April 13–June 11, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    $100 per group

    On-site:
    April 13–June 11, 2021; 10–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $55 per group

    Register

    September 29–November 20, 2020; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group


    Celebrate Black Botanists! | Black History Month

    Discover amazing Black plant champions working in science today! Develop your own science identity by conducting botany investigations, and setting up an experiment to grow at home.

    February 2–March 19, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group


    Winter in the Garden | Winter

    Investigate the landscape and consider strategies plants and animals use to survive during the cold months. Children will explore plant specimens to search for signs of life.

    December 1, 2020–January 29, 2021; 10–10:45 a.m.
    $100 per group

GARDENING WORKSHOPS
AT THE EDIBLE ACADEMY

The Edible Academy

  1. How Does Your Garden Grow? | Spring

    Explore soil, plant, and water the garden to discover ways plants grow and change seasonally. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

    On-site:
    April 13–June 11, 2021; 10–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    $110 per group

    Register

SELF-GUIDED GARDEN EXPLORATION

Two children exploring the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

  1. Outdoor Self-Guided Garden Exploration | Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

    Effective Garden field trips begin with careful planning and preparation. Download thematic Teacher Guides and Student Field Journals before arrival and experience and enjoy 250-acres of seasonal collections.

    On-site:
    April 13–August 31, 2021; 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
    $45 per group (Free for New York City Public or Charter Schools)

    Register