Professional Learning

NYBG’s Professional Learning 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)

*”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.


Ethnobotany for Educators: Plants and People—PROGRAM SUSPENDED

Dates: April 13–18, 2020 (Monday–Saturday)

For centuries, people across the world have used plants for purposes that aid in human survival. Become “Ethnobotany Explorers” and deepen understandings about ways plants factor into cultural history, scientific discovery, and technological innovation.

School Gardening 101—Creating a Garden—PROGRAM SUSPENDED

Dates: April 19, 26, May 3, 17, 2020 (Sundays)

Advocate, plan, create, or revive a school garden. Hone skills for designing, budgeting, and integrating the garden across the curriculum.

Scholarships are now available for the School Gardening 101 program. Learn more.

Seedlings Institute for Early Childhood Educators (Grades Pre-K?2)—PROGRAM SUSPENDED

Dates: July 6–11, 2020 (Monday–Saturday)

Strengthen science instruction using inquiry-based activities that bridge curricular connections between math and literacy for early learners.


Dates: July 20–25, 2020 (Monday–Saturday)

Discover ways to help students experience the wonder of the outdoors through both art and science. Hone observational skills and ask questions using the backdrop of the Garden grounds and the KUSAMA exhibition as inspiration. Explore how forms found in nature can provide an inquiry-based framework for learning and art making.

Plant, Learn, & Grow: School Gardening 201—PROGRAM SUSPENDED

Dates: July 27–August 1, 2020 (Monday–Saturday)

Connect seasonal plantings and practical maintenance of school gardens into an integrated classroom curriculum.


Administrators seeking additional professional learning 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 Learning 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 Learning Workshop for your school or district educators.


Become a Teacher Member of the Garden for only $81 a year, and enjoy all the benefits of Membership. Call 718.817.8703 for details.