Discovery Garden

Discovery Garden

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Get inspired in BBG’s expanded Discovery Garden!

Kids of all ages can explore habitats, uncover plant mysteries, and learn about garden wildlife at fun, hands-on exhibits throughout the garden.

Events & Activities

Family Discovery Weekends

Family Discovery Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays | 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
September 19–November 1, 2015
No programs September 26; October 10, 11, 24

Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together.

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First Discoveries for Toddlers

First Discoveries for Toddlers

Tuesdays | 9:30–10:30 a.m.
September 15–October 27, 2015

Calling all explorers 2–4 years old (and their caregivers)! Plant a carrot seed, touch a wriggly worm, nestle into a meadow nook to read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers.

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Plant Mystery Tour for 7- to 11-Year-Olds

Plant Mystery Tour for 7- to 11-Year-Olds

Thursdays | 4–5:30 p.m.
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2015
Meet at Discovery Garden Pavilion
Preregistration Required

Investigate interesting plants and search for critters in the Discovery Garden’s habitats using microscopes, dip nets, and other science tools.

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Kids’ Discovery Stations

Kids’ Discovery Stations

Tuesday–Friday | 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
October 6–November 6, 2015

Get your hands dirty at kids’ Discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate a mystery plant, hold a water plant and learn how it floats, or go on a pollinator hunt in the meadow!

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Group Visits to the Discovery Garden

School and Camp Group Visits to the Discovery Garden

Students make their own nature discoveries and sharpen science skills as they explore the garden’s habitats and visit interactive exhibits. There is plenty to touch, smell, and investigate in this hands-on garden.

Before your visit, download the Discovery Garden Visit Guide (pdf).

Peak Hours
Tuesday–Friday | 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
October 6–November 6, 2015
Preregistration Required

Groups visiting during peak hours can participate in volunteer-led Discovery stations. On inclement weather days, groups may still visit the Discovery Garden, but Discovery stations will not be available. Call 718-623-7200, extension 7801, to check weather cancellation status.

To register for a time slot, call 718-623-7220.

Off-Peak Hours
12:30 p.m.–Closing | October 6–November 6, 2015
Plus All Day September 1–October 5, November 6, 2015–April 5, 2016
First Come, First Served

During off-peak afternoons and the winter season, group visits to the Discovery Garden are first come, first served, no preregistration needed.

Lead Sponsors

In the Raw TD Bank

Major Supporters, Discovery Programs

National Grid Institute for Museum and Library Services
Discovery Garden Map
The new Discovery Garden includes meadow, marsh, and woodland habitats to explore, as well as a four-season garden and a fruit and vegetable garden.
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8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(but open Columbus Day,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over) $6
Students with a valid ID $6
Children under 12 Free

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150 Eastern Parkway
455 Flatbush Avenue
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225


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