- Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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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Fall registration for Children's Garden classes is closed. Registration for winter classes begins Monday, December 7 2015 at 9 a.m.

  • A child and his mother examining pine cones.

    Trees & 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. We recommend that first-time gardeners and early twos choose the one-hour class section.

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  • A group of kids showing off radishes in the Children's Garden.


    For students entering 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, exploring the wonderful outdoors, crafting and other fun activities. This is a drop-off program.

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  • A boy planting in the Children's Garden.

    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, and other hands-on activities.

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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.

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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.