Teacher Training


Professional Development Workshops for Individual Schools or Educators' Groups

We will gladly work with your staff to develop a program tailored to support your professional development goals for science and other areas of study. Programs may include inquiry-based classroom explorations, guided tours of the Garden's indoor and outdoor plant collections, and hands-on "potting-up" horticultural activities.

Some suggested workshop topics include the following:

  • Kitchen Botany: Plants We Eat
  • Exploring Plant Adaptations
  • Sensory Learning in the Garden
  • Native New Yorkers: Exploring Native Plant Communities

If you are interested in arranging a professional development workshop to meet your needs, please complete the Professional Development Workshop Request Form and we will contact you within 3-5 business days.

Request a Professional Development Workshop

For more information, contact BBG's Teacher Education Coordinator at 718-623-7381.

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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After-School Professional Development Program “P” In‑Service Course/NYC Department of Education

3 “P” Credit Course*

What Did a Plant Ever Do for You?
Offered Summer
This course provides an introduction to the science and art of botany and horticulture, taught in the context of the extensive indoor and outdoor plant collections of Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). An understanding of the value of plants in natural and human history will complement an inquiry-based approach to learning how plants are built, how they work, and how they interact with the living and nonliving components of the diverse environments they inhabit.
12 Sessions/36 hours/Pre-K–12 Teachers

Fee: $200 (includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, plants, and potting-up supplies)

*3 “P” credits available for an additional $125 fee.

Registration must be completed online through both BBG's class registration system and the NYC DOE's After-School Professional Development Program.

For questions, please call BBG's teacher education coordinator at 718-623-7381.

3 “P” Credit Course*

Native New Yorkers: Exploring Native Plants at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Offered Spring
Explore native plants at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG)! This hands-on, inquiry-based course focuses on plant ecology and experiential learning in the field. Participants get a behind-the-scenes look at BBG’s newest addition—the Native Flora Garden Extension. This stunning new display is home to plant communities that can be found within 100 miles of New York City, from those of the pine barrens of New Jersey and Long Island to the eastern deciduous forest. Participants will discover the important role these plant communities play in our local ecosystem.
6 sessions/36 hours/Pre-K–12 Teachers

Fee: $200 (includes curriculum materials, reproducible handouts, plants, and potting-up supplies)

*3 “P” credits available for an additional $125 fee.

Registration must be completed online through both BBG’s class registration system and the NYC DOE's After-School Professional Development Program.

For questions, please call BBG’s teacher education coordinator at 718-623-7381.

Science Standards Connections

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

Teacher Education

Programs are offered at BBG year-round and are designed to meet the educational needs and priorities of individual teachers, schools, regional districts, and parent/teacher associations.

School Workshop Elementary
K–4th grades
Intermediate
5th–8th grades
High School
9th–12th
What Did a Plant Ever Do For You S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.2, S2.1, S2.3
LE1.1a, LE1.1b, LE3.1b, LE3.1c, LE3.2a, LE3.2b, LE4.1b, LE4.1d, LE5.1b, LE5.2a, LE5.2g, LE6.1e, LE6.1f, LE6.2a, LE7.1b, LE7.1c
S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, S2.1c, S2.1d
LE1.1f, LE2.1d, LE3.1b, LE3.2a, LE4.1a, LE4.1b, LE4.3e, LE5.1d, LE5.1e, LE6.2c, LE7.2a
S1.2a, S1.3b, S2.1
LE1.1b, LE2.1d, LE3.1g, LE4.1b, LE5.1a, LE5.1b, LE6.1a, LE6.1g
Native New Yorkers: Exploring Native Plants at Brooklyn Botanic Garden S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.2, S2.1, S2.3 LE1.1a, LE1.1b, LE3.1b, LE3.1c, LE3.2a, LE3.2b, LE4.1a, LE4.1b, LE4.1d, LE5.1a, LE5.1b, LE5.2a, LE5.2g, LE6.1e, LE6.1f, LE6.2a, LE6.2b, LE7.1a, LE7.1b, LE7.1c S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, S2.1d, LE1.1f, LE3.1a, LE3.1b, LE3.2a, LE 4.1a,
LE 4.1c, LE 4.3e,
LE 5.1d, LE 5.1e,
LE 5.2a, 6.1a,
LE 6.1b, LE 6.1c,
LE 6.2b, LE 6.2c,
LE 7.1a, LE 7.1c,
LE 7.2a
S1.2a, S1.3b, S2.1, LE 1.1a, LE 1.1b,
LE 1.1c, LE 3.1b,
LE 3.1f, LE 3.1g,
LE 4.1a, LE 5.1a,
LE 5.1b, LE 6.1a,
LE 6.1b, LE 6.1c,
LE 6.1d, LE 6.1e,
LE 6.1g, LE 6.2a,
LE 6.3b, LE 7.1b,
LE 7.2a, LE 7.2b

Key

  • S - Scientific Inquiry
  • LE - The Living Environment
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A group of teachers take notes during a professional development course at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Mohammed Alomeri.
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