Children’s & Family Programs


Children’s Classes

Since 1914, children ages 2 to 17 have been growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs and learning firsthand about the natural world in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Children’s Garden. Classes run three to six weeks and children must register in advance.
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Family Workshops & Walks

Children and caregivers explore nature together through fun plant-based activities and hands-on investigations. Preregister for special classes and nature walks or drop in at Discovery Stations in the Fragrance Garden (see hours below).
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Spring and Summer Children’s Garden

Children have been tending their own garden plots in BBG’s cherished Children’s Garden for 100 years. Our young gardeners get a first-hand look at the wonders of nature as the spring season unfolds each week while they transform their barren plots by mulching beds, pulling weeds, and planting seeds and transplants. Tasty seasonal treats like baby greens, radishes, turnips, and tender herbs are a highlight for our hard-working spring gardeners.

Registration begins Monday, March 2.
 

How to Register

Select from the sections linked below to see class descriptions and fees. Be sure to note age requirements and other qualifications.

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Children's Garden participants, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an application, please contact
Registration at 718-623-7220 or registration@bbg.org.

Trees and Saplings

Trees and Saplings

For 2- and 3-year-olds with a caregiver

Learn about the wonders of gardening with your two- or three-year-old during this active hands-on program. Our youngest gardeners work with their adult partner to tend to their garden plots, sing songs, taste new foods, and create nature crafts.

Consistent attendance of one adult per child is required. Pricing includes one adult and one child. No infants or older siblings, please.

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Seeds

Seeds

For students in pre-K and kindergarten (4, 5, and 6-year-olds)

Seeds work together in small groups to care for their garden plots and participate in cooking, scavenger hunts, crafting and other nature-based activities. This is a drop-off program.

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City Farmers

City Farmers

For students in 1st through 8th grades

City Farmers dig gardening! Students develop basic horticulture skills to bring garden plots to life with fresh, seasonal vegetables and enjoy crafting, cooking, nature exploration, hands-on activities, and science experiments.

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Spring Break Mini Session

Children's Garden Spring Break Mini‑Session

For Kindergarteners through 5th Graders

Kick off your spring season in the Children's Garden! Help with early-season tasks like mulching, weeding, and seeding. Round out the morning with crafts, cooking, scavenger hunts, and other fun spring projects.

Kindergarteners–Grade 1

Grades 2–3

Grades 4–5

Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers

For Students Entering Grades 2–3

Join in the adventure to find out more about the plants and animals that make their home at BBG. Art, crafts, games, science, and nature walks inspire Nature Explorers to uncover the mysteries of the natural world. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Summer Science Adventures

Summer Science Adventures

For Students Entering Grades 4–5

Stir up scientific excitement in our greenhouses and classrooms during Summer Science Adventures! Explore the wide world of plants with hands-on investigations, planting projects, fun-filled scavenger hunts, and other science-based activities. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Field Investigators

Field Investigators

For Students Entering Grades 6–8

Become a steward of the earth! Field Investigators conduct experiments, collect data, research current ecological topics, and work on team projects. In this field studies program, kids expand knowledge of plant and earth science by exploring exciting habitats at BBG. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Want a longer day at the Garden this summer?

Combine hands-on gardening in the morning in City Farmers with a botany bonanza in the afternoon in Nature Explorers, Summer Science Adventures or Field Investigators. Sign up for both programs to create a 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Garden experience. For students entering 2nd through 8th grades. Send your child with a packed lunch—staff will supervise lunchtime and then escort the students to their afternoon program.

Download the Kids' Discovery Guide

Kids' Discovery GuideWhile the Discovery Garden is growing, explore the rest of BBG as a family and learn about the plant world. Download the Kids' Discovery Guide for activities around the Garden and playful challenges for the whole family.

Download the Guide (PDF)


Discovery Programs for Families

Children and caregivers explore nature together through fun plant-based activities and hands-on investigations. Preregister for special classes and nature walks or drop in at Discovery Stations in the Fragrance Garden (see hours below).

Family Workshops & Walks

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family

Sundays, December 7, 2014; January 4, February 1, March 1, 2015 | 10–11 a.m.

Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein.

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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program

BCAP Summer Camp

For students ages 7–12
Go behind the scenes of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo—in this two-week summer day camp. Every day, BCAP Adventurers travel to two cultural sites on the BCAP campus for hands-on workshops that weave connections between art, science, culture, and the environment. Register early—camp starts filling up in March. Financial aid available.

BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project

For students ages 13–17
Teens are invited to apply for this six-week summer filmmaking program on the BCAP campus. Earn volunteer hours and a stipend while learning about media and communications with other creative kids from across the city. Applications are due March 30.

For more information about BCAP or BCAPteen, visit the BCAP website.

Fetching water from stream
Young visitors love to fetch water for the old fashioned hand pump that sends water down a bamboo waterway. Photo by Ashley Gamell.
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
Students conduct Venus flytrap experiments as part of a cultural adventures summer camp. Learn more at bklynpubliclibrary.org/bcap.
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Tuesday–Friday:
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Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Seniors (65 and over) $5
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Children under 12 Free
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