Children’s & Family Programs
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.
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 [email protected].
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.
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.
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.
Children's Garden Spring Break Mini‑Session
For Kindergarteners through 5th Graders
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.
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.
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.
Discovery Programs for Families
The new Discovery Garden will open in June, full of exciting interactive exhibits and plant displays. But don’t worry—until then there’s still plenty to see and do! Drop by the Fragrance Garden during weekends in April and May for a variety of drop-in programs for families, and pick up a Kids’ Discovery Guide to inspire your exploration of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Family Workshops & Walks
Saturdays and Sundays | 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
June 6–14; July 11–August 23; September 19–November 1
No programs September 26; October 10, 11, 24
Tuesdays | 1:30–3 p.m.
July 7–August 25, 2015
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.