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.
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.
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)
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)
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
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)
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.
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:
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.
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 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
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