School and Camp Group Visits
Free Admissions for Children's Groups
Children’s groups are admitted for free when the Garden is open. Teachers must register in advance for these self-directed visits.
Preregistered groups will receive an admission pass for entry to the Garden grounds and Steinhardt Conservatory, travel directions, and school group guidelines.
These 90-minute guided programs to support your pre-K–8 classroom learning include a hands-on exploration of plants, a potting activity in our greenhouse, and a tour of the grounds and/or Steinhardt Conservatory. Fee: $150 per class.
Students use their senses to observe plants and animals in the Garden. Students will pot up an herb or flowering plant as part of this program.
Sensory Explorations Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
Tour available October–February
Students learn about the diversity of trees by comparing shapes, bark, leaves, fruits, and seeds and explore the ways trees benefit animals and people. Students will each pot up a tree to take with them.
Exploring Trees Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
Tour available March–June
Flowers are attractive for a reason. Students learn about pollination strategies and seed and fruit formation and pot up a flowering plant to take home.
Flower Explorations Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
Exploring for Plants We Use
What uses do plants have in our everyday lives? Students examine plants and plant-based products used for food and flavorings, medicine, cloth, and paper. Each student will pot up a plant with a multitude of uses.
Exploring for Plants We Use Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
Students observe characteristics of desert, rainforest, and temperate plants to understand how they have adapted to environmental challenges and support the web of life for other organisms. Each student will plant a mini-terrarium to take home.
Ecological Explorations Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (pdf)
Science Standards Connections
Use this matrix to find NYC Science Performance Standards supported in BBG School Programs.
Take students on a journey that includes a hands-on planting activity and a tour of the grounds and/or Steinhardt Conservatory.
(Grades Pre-K–5) (Fall)
|2A, B, C;
(Grades K–5) (Spring)
|2A, B, C;
|Exploring for Plants We Use
4A, B, C, D
|2A, B, C;
- S1 - Physical Science Concepts
- S2 - Life Science Concepts
- S3 - Earth and Space Science Concepts
- S4 - Science Connections and Applications
- S5 - Scientific Thinking
- S6 - Scientific Tools and Technologies
- S7 - Scientific Communications
- S8 - Scientific Investigation
Project Green Reach (PGR) is an outreach program for K–8 teachers and their classes from Brooklyn's Title I schools. PGR provides a curriculum package for the topic of your choice, inquiry-based instruction in your classroom with a plant for each student, transportation to and from and a guided tour of BBG, as well as teacher training and supplies for a community horticulture project.
Applications and curriculum resources can be found at the Project Green Reach Google site.
Project Green Reach offers the following curriculum options:
Bulbs (Fall Only)
The fast-growing paperwhite narcissus is the perfect subject for scientific observation and data collection. Students can see these bulbs bloom within six weeks of being planted. Find out with your class why bulbs grow so fast!
Flowers, Fruits & Seeds (Spring Only)
We all love plants for their beautiful flowers, but what do flowers do for the plant? How do fruits form and why do they hide seeds inside? Students will explore, dissect and plant fast-growing bean seeds in order to observe a complete life cycle in the classroom.
Do people eat plants? When you eat a carrot, what part of the plant are you eating? Students will observe, plant, and cultivate their own carrots as they answer these questions and learn about the different plant parts and their functions.
The desert environment is both harsh and fascinating. Students will discover how plants have adapted to survive the arid conditions and extreme temperatures of this environment. In class, students will dissect a cactus and pot up a desert plant of their own.
The tropical rainforest is home to an incredible diversity of plants. We will examine tropical plants up close to discover their particular niches within the rainforest environment. In class, students will each plant their own terrarium with tropical plants they propagate themselves. Themes of biodiversity, adaptation, and plant-animal interdependence are introduced.
Science Standards Connections
Use this matrix to find NYS Science Core Curriculum Standards supported by Project Green Reach.
|Life Cycle of a Bulb
|S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.4.1a, LE4.4.1b, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g||S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g, LE4.4.3c||n/a|
|Life Cycle of a Seed
|S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.4.1a, LE4.4.1b, LE4.4.1d, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g||S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g, LE4.4.3c||n/a|
|S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g||S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g||n/a|
|S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.3.1c, LE4.4.1a, LE4.4.1b, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g||S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g||n/a|
|S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.3.1c, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g, LE4.7.1c||S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g||n/a|
- S - Scientific Inquiry
- LE - The Living Environment
Urban Advantage (UA) teachers: Turn your class field trip into a rich learning experience at Brooklyn Botanic Garden by redeeming a UA class visit voucher for one of our specialized UA Garden Expedition programs.
Each UA Garden Expedition program includes the following:
- An instructor-led introduction to the topic
- A guided tour highlighting BBG’s plant collections
- Journaling activities
- A hands-on planting activity for students to take home
- Special post-visit activities to extend Garden learning into the classroom
Choose one of the following middle school curriculum topics:
- Plant Adaptations: Thriving in a Challenging Environment
- Multiplying Plants: An Introduction to Asexual Reproduction
Note: This is not an official registration. You are not officially registered until you are contacted by BBG's Registration office. Upon receipt of your request, a Teacher Education coordinator will contact you to assist in your registration.
Out of vouchers? There are other ways to visit BBG!
Exploration Workshops are guided, topical garden programs (which cannot be paid for with a UA voucher). Register for a paid Exploration Workshop.
Self-guided tours are free when you register online at least two weeks in advance. Preregistered self-guided groups receive an admission pass for entry to the Garden grounds, Steinhardt Conservatory, and school lunch area. Register for a self-guided tour.
- Visit the Garden for free yourself, using your UA teacher voucher. This is a great way to plan a field trip before bringing your students. Simply turn in your voucher for admission at a BBG entrance.
- Need a rain plan? The Steinhardt Conservatory is an indoor setting where you and your students can explore tropical, desert, warm temperate, and aquatic plants as well as the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. BBG’s Visitor Center provides interactive exhibits about sensory exploration of the Garden, plant identification, and BBG’s history.
Ask us for help! We will be glad to help you plan your visit to the Garden. Contact Candyce Johnson at [email protected], or call 718-623-7237.