School 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.

Registration for Self-Guided Visits

Registration is required and must be requested at least two weeks before the date of your visit. Register early to get your first choice of dates during the most popular seasons. Choose your trip date and print your free admission pass. Make sure to bring your admission pass with you to the Garden.

See School Group Visiting Policy and Procedure

Download Garden Exploration Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF)


Register for a School Group Visit


Garden exploration tours, led by volunteer Garden Guides, are 90-minute programs. They include a hands-on planting activity and a tour of the grounds and/or Steinhardt Conservatory. Ask about our discount for Title I schools.

Registration

Registration for School Workshops is handled by phone; please call the Registration Office at 718-623-7220. Cost: $125 per class.

See School Group Visiting Policy and Registration Procedure

Download Garden Exploration Activity Guide for Teachers (pdf)


Sensory Explorations

Grades Pre-K–2

How do scientists observe the world around them? In this tour, designed for our youngest explorers, students will use their senses of smell, sight, touch, and hearing to discover flowers, leaves, bark, and many aspects of the plants and animals at BBG. Students will pot up an herb or flowering plant as part of this program.
Sensory Explorations Pre-Visit Activities (pdf)

Flower Explorations

Grades K–5

Tour available March–June

Flowers are beautiful, but do their colors, fragrance, and patterns have a purpose? We all appreciate flowers for their special beauty, but a flower's real and very important function is for reproduction of the plant. On a tour of the Garden's plants in bloom, students will learn about pollination and fruit formation, and they will pot a flowering plant to take home.
Flower Explorations Pre-Visit Activities (pdf)

Exploring Trees

Grades Pre-K–5

Tour available October–February

Trees are growing in our city—as the seasons change, they blossom, provide shade, spread their seeds, present bright autumn colors and catch the snow on their branches when winter comes. How are trees special? Students will learn about the parts of trees and their functions and appreciate the great diversity of trees by comparing various characteristics including bark, leaves, shape, fruits/nuts and seeds. We will also explore the many ways trees benefit people and animals. Each student will pot-up a tree to take with them.

Exploring Trees Pre-Visit Activities (pdf)

Exploring for Plants We Use

Grades K–8

Most students know that food comes from plants, and many know that medicines, spices, cloth fibers, and even paper are made from plants. What other uses might plants have in our everyday lives? This tour will give students an opportunity to see a number of these "useful" plants growing here in Brooklyn. Each student will pot up a plant with a multitude of uses.
Exploring for Plants We Use Pre-Visit Activities (pdf)

Ecological Explorations

Grades 2–8

What does a plant need to grow? How do plants survive the challenges presented by environments as diverse as deserts and rainforests? Animals rely on plants for food and shelter. Do plants need animals? Comparing and contrasting various biome collections at BBG will inspire young plant ecologists to find answers to these questions. Each student will plant a mini-terrarium to take home.
Ecological Explorations Pre-Visit Activities (pdf)

Science Standards Connections

Use this matrix to find NYC Science Performance Standards supported in BBG School Programs.

Exploration Tours

Take students on a journey that includes a hands-on planting activity and a tour of the grounds and/or Steinhardt Conservatory.

School Program Elementary
K–5th grades
Middle
6th–8th grades
High School
9th–12th
Sensory Explorations
(Grades Pre-K–2)
2A;
4A
n/a n/a
Exploring Trees
(Grades Pre-K–5) (Fall)
2A, B, C;
4A
n/a n/a
Flower Explorations
(Grades K–5) (Spring)
2A, B, C;
4A
n/a n/a
Exploring for Plants We Use
(Grades K–8)
2A;
4A, B, C, D
2A, E;
4A, B
n/a
Ecological Explorations
(Grades 2–8)
2A, B, C;
3A;
4A
2A, C;
3A;
4A
n/a

Key

  • 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.

Teachers must apply for acceptance into PGR.
For more information or to request an application, call 718-623-7358 or 718-623-7228.


Applications and curriculum resources can be found at the Project Green Reach Google site.

Project Green Reach offers the following curriculum options:

Life Cycle of a Bulb (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!

Life Cycle of a Seed (Spring Only)

We all love plants for their beautiful flowers, but what do flowers do for the plant? What role do fruits play in the lifecycle of a flowering plant? Students will explore, dissect and plant fast-growing bean seeds in order to observe a complete lifecycle in the classroom.

Kitchen Botany

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.

Desert Environments

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.

Tropical Rainforests

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.

New! Alumni Workshops

PGR Alumni Workshops are open only to teachers who have already participated in Project Green Reach. These full day professional development programs provide teachers with resources and materials to support a plant-inquiry unit. Please call 718-623-7358 or 718-623-7228 for more information.


Science Standards Connections

Use this matrix to find NYS Science Core Curriculum Standards supported by Project Green Reach.

  Elementary
K–4th grades
Intermediate
5th–8th grades
High School
9th–12th
Life Cycle of a Bulb
(Grades K–8)
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
(Grades K–8)
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
Kitchen Botany
(Grades K–8)
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
Desert Environments
(Grades K–8)
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
Tropical Rainforest
(Grades K–8)
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

Key

  • S - Scientific Inquiry
  • LE - The Living Environment
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Urban Advantage teachers now have more options for planning a visit to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Urban Advantage Garden Expedition

Use your UA Class Trip Voucher to register for an Urban Advantage Garden Expedition. This two-hour program includes a guided introduction and hands-on exploration, a planting activity, a guided tour, and individual student journals to use during your visit. Call 718-623-7220 to register for one of the following middle school science topics:

  • Plant Adaptations: Thriving in a Challenging Environment
  • Multiplying Plants: An Introduction to Asexual Reproduction

Self-Guided Tour

Register online for a free, self-guided tour.

School Workshops Explorations Tour

Purchase a School Workshops Exploration Tour. This 90-minute program includes a hands-on exploration, a planting activity, and a guided tour. Cost is $125.00 per class. Please note: UA Class Trip Vouchers cannot be used to purchase School Workshops Exploration Tours. Call 718-623-7220 to register for one of the following topics:

  • Exploring for Plants We Use (Ethnobotany)
  • Ecological Explorations

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