Children’s & Family Programs

Winter registration for Children's Garden classes opens December 1.
Drop-In Kids' Discovery Stations run through October.

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 1 at 9 a.m.

How to Register

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

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that payment is received; note that Children's Garden classes fill quickly.


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

Trees and Saplings

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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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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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, and other hands-on activities.

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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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Wintercrafting for Families

Wintercrafting for Families

Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 1–3 p.m.

Get crafty together for the holiday season. Pot up a paperwhite bulb, make animal track art, craft a tiny pine needle pillow, and cozy up with a winter storybook.

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Nestfest for Families

Nestfest for Families

Sunday, January 4, 2015 | 1–3 p.m.

Winter is the best time to look for nests in BBG’s trees! Discover how garden animals build their homes out of plant parts, and try crafting your very own nest to bring home.

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Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Children's Museum, and Prospect Park! Weave exciting connections between the arts, nature, and the sciences, all in the heart of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) Summer Camp is an innovative enrichment day camp creating lifelong links between youth and their cultural community. With BCAP Summer Camp, become an adventurer in the heart of Brooklyn!

2014 Camp Dates: Three 2-week sessions: June 30–July 11, July 14–25, July 28–August 8
Ages: 7–12
Camp: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Drop-off: 8–9 a.m.
Optional Stay & Play After-Camp: 3:30–6 p.m.

Financial aid is available for qualifying families. For more information and to register online, visit the BCAP website.

New! BCAPteen Media Leadership Project
A six-week summer program for teens ages 13–17, with a stipend. For more information, visit the BCAPteen website. Applications are due no later than April 1.

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
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