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


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.

Registration

Please call 718-623-7220 to register. Cost is $150 per class. Ask about our discount for Title I schools and special needs groups.


Sensory Explorations

Grades Pre-K–2

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-Visit Activities (pdf)

Exploring Trees

Grades Pre-K–5

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-Visit Activities (pdf)

Flower Explorations

Grades Pre-K–5

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-Visit Activities (pdf)

Exploring for Plants We Use

Grades K–8

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-Visit Activities (pdf)

Ecological Explorations

Grades 2–8

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-Visit Activities (pdf)


Additional Materials

See School Group Visiting Policy and Registration Procedure

Download Garden Exploration Activity Guide for Teachers (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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Leadership support for Project Green Reach provided by National Grid

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

Schedule a UA Garden Expedition

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 urbanadvantage@bbg.org, or call 718-623-7237.

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