Tomatoes growing at the Edible Academy

Virtual Workshops for Kids

During Fall and Winter 2020, the New York Botanical Garden promotes learning about science, nature, and gardening to children, in a series of live, online workshops. More than a dozen virtual 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 virtual programs, until we can welcome you back on NYBG grounds to learn together.

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. Fall: September 29–November 20; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Winter: December 1–March 19; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Spring: TBD

    Rainforest and Desert Exploration | 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, deserts, and bogs. In this program, children will work together to decipher the differences between biomes.

    Register

    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $100 per group*

  2. Fall: September 29–November 20; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Winter: December 1–March 19; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Spring: TBD

    Citizen Science Tree Phenology | Fall
    How do trees respond to seasonal and climatic changes? In this workshop, students engage in “citizen science”, and learn how to record seasonal change data (phenology) like a field scientist. This workshop will discuss how scientists use this information to understand changes in our ecosystem.

    Register

    Rainforest and Desert Exploration | 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, deserts, and bogs. In this program, children will work together to decipher the differences between biomes.

    Register

    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $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. Fall: September 29–November 20; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Winter: December 1–January 29; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Black History Month: February 2–March 19; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Spring: TBD

    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.

    Register

    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.

    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.

    Register

    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $100 per group*

  2. Fall: September 29–November 20; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Winter: December 1–January 29; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Black History Month: February 2–March 19; 10–10:45 a.m.
    Spring: TBD

    Wetland Ecology | Fall

    Join us on an exploration of a native wetland, and find the connections between plants and animals to understand healthy ecosystems.

    Register

    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.

    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.

    Register

    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $100 per group*

MULTIVISIT GARDENING PROGRAM
AT THE EDIBLE ACADEMY

The Edible Academy

  1. Groups meet four times over the school year to dig deeper into the topics below. Each session builds on the previous, and The Edible Academy educators share post-session activities with teachers that support student learning between sessions.

    Sessions I and II are held virtually; sessions III and IV will either be held on NYBG grounds or virtually, depending on best safety practices in 2021.

  2. Garden Cycles | Pre-K–K

    Learn about the life cycle of a plant and discover more about the parts of a plant. Construct understandings of seasons through observation.

    Seeds to Fruits | Grade 1

    Deepen understandings of plant parts and the role they play in the vegetables we grow and the food we eat. Explore and investigate plant needs.

    Length of Each Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $600 (4 Sessions) per group*
    Times: 10–10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

    To register email childed@nybg.org or call 718.817.8181.

  3. Culinary Communities | Grade 2

    Build understandings about the role plants play in communities through cooking activities. Explore plant and animal interactions that are integral to the growth of food crops.

    Seed Stories and History | Grade 3

    Investigate seeds and vegetable crops that have cultural significance in communities around the world. Explore the deep history of vegetable crops.

    Lenni Lenape Studies | Grade 4

    Learn about the Three Sisters gardening technique and gardening practices and food recipes used by the Lenape people. Explore native plants and investigate their traditional usage by Native American people.

    Grow Green | Grade 5

    Discover the sustainable features of The Edible Academy. Explore ideas about renewable energy, water conservation, and organic gardening.

    Length of Each Program: 60 minutes
    Cost: $600 (4 Sessions) per group*
    Times: 10–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

    To register email childed@nybg.org or call 718.817.8181.

GROUP SIZE AND SPECIAL NEEDS:

Our group sizes allow for a maximum of 32 students.

Please share information with us about any special considerations that will help?ensure a successful virtual field trip experience.