Spring Into Gardening
Thursdays: April 8–June 10 | 4–5:30 p.m.
Fridays: April 9–June 11 | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
These are single sessions for children with an accompanying adult.
Please note: All individuals participating in Spring Into Gardening (both children and accompanying adults) must register and pay the fee. This is not a drop-off program.
Close your laptops, put on a mask, and get ready to get your hands dirty with our small-group garden explorations! These one-day programs are a mix of guided and self-guided activities that include watering, seeding, nature crafts, potting up, compost explorations, digging, and more. Sign up with your family or pod for a single day or multiple days to see the Children’s Garden grow over the season. Register for as many days as you like. Programs take place rain or shine.
Things to know:
- Activities rotate on a weekly basis.
- Register for single or multiple days.
- Maximum group size of 6 people (including children and accompanying adults).
- Programs take place rain or shine.
- Mask required for anyone 2+.
$16 member; $18 nonmember.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following protocols will be in place on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden premises or on property in connection with BBG services:
- Participants, staff and caregivers (over age 2) must wear a mask and remain at least 6 feet apart from other groups.
- All in-person programming takes place entirely outdoors.
- Bathrooms are available at the Flatbush Avenue entrance and all bathroom breaks are the responsibility of caregivers.
- Hand sanitizer and extra masks are available.
- If handouts are distributed, the teacher or staff member must sanitize their hands before and after distribution, or wear sanitary gloves.
- No shared tools or equipment will be used unless properly sanitized.
- Participants should stay home if not feeling well.
- Before program begins, participants must sign an agreement that states they will wear a face covering on the grounds; maintain six feet of distance from others outside of their group; stay home if they feel sick or symptomatic; follow the safety instructions of their instructor; inform BBG staff if they develop symptoms within 14 days of the program; and only return to the program following a COVID-19 diagnosis after testing negative.
- Before attending each session on BBG premises or property in connection with BBG, participants must complete a safety screening indicating they do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19; have not been in contact with individuals with COVID-19 symptoms; have not had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 14 days; and have not traveled outside of the state in the last 14 days.
- In the event of a reported COVID-19 diagnosis, Brooklyn Botanic Garden will contact all individuals deemed to have been in contact and inform them of the need to quarantine as per New York State instructions.
Cancellation Policy: Programs take place rain or shine! If the weather is severe, we will notify you 24 hours in advance of your program. We will encourage you to register for another available date and if there is not one available, you will be issued a full refund.
Learn, play, craft, and explore this summer with Children’s Garden drop-off programs. These four-day sessions focus on nature-based themes and allow children to get their hands dirty with friends.
Programs are open to children entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Two sections also have slots for young people entering grades 6–8. Content will repeat, so please register for one section of each theme if you would like your child to attend two weeks.
In accordance with COVID restrictions, groups consist of a maximum of 10 children, with four groups running per week. Face coverings are mandatory and there is no indoor programming. Learn about our safety protocols and requirements for participation.
Let’s go green! In this program, participants get their hands dirty as they become farmers and stewards of the land. With planting, harvesting, science experimentation, and sustainability projects, this program is full of eco-explorations and horticulture projects. Groups take home fresh veggies and share their harvest with their community, too.
Section A: July 6–9 (K–5th grade)
Section B: July 20–23 (K–8th grade)
Section C: Aug 3–6 (K–5th grade)
$272 member; $299 nonmember.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 5.
Garden and create all week! This program allows participants to get creative with natural materials. Make plant-based dyes, natural potions, and foliage fashion. Create take-home projects as well as projects to decorate the garden. There is plenty of planting, digging, and harvesting, too!
Section A: July 13–16 (K–5th grade)
Section B: July 27–30 (K–5th grade)
Section C: Aug 10–13 (K–8th grade)
$272 member; $299 nonmember.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 5.
Basic Program Guidelines:
- All activities are facilitated entirely outdoors.
- Each parent must complete a daily health screening for their child in advance of arrival.
- Participants should maintain 6 feet of distance from each other and staff.
- As reminders, social distancing markers are placed around commonly used areas.
- All participants and staff must wear face coverings for the duration of the program, except for eating and drinking breaks.
- Sanitizing and hand-washing stations are placed throughout the garden (at entrances and activity tables and in field spaces).
- If your child is showing signs of illness, they should not attend the program.
- The on-site Children’s Garden coordinator oversees program logistics and space coordination, ensuring a safe environment across the garden.
- Summer garden groups consist of a maximum of 10 children and 1 staff member.
- Participants and their instructor will stay in one group for their full week of the program.
- Participants will only engage and interact within their own small groups.
- Each group has their own area of the garden for activities, lunch, and storing bags.
- All tools and materials are sanitized before and after use; there is no sharing of tools or materials.
- For quick drop-off, please have your health screening filled out in advance.
- Groups will have two designated drop-off and pick-up gates at the Children’s Garden to prevent crowding.
- Only one adult should approach the group for drop-off and pick-up.
- Participants and their authorized adult will need to remain 6 feet away from the group until the drop-off/pick-up process is complete.
- Participants should use Flatbush Avenue entrance bathrooms before the program starts each day (just a 3-minute walk from the Children’s Garden).
- Children needing to use restrooms during the program will be supervised, and will queue outside the facilities maintaining 6 feet from one another.
- Children will bring lunch and snack from home; no food sharing please.
- Participants will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after meals.
- All lunches and snacks will be eaten picnic-style outdoors; children will be seated at least 6 feet apart.
- All staff members complete a daily health questionnaire and have been trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.
In Event of Confirmed COVID-19 Case:
- Parents and caregivers must notify BBG if their child or a close contact has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. (add our contact info here)
- In the event of a reported COVID-19 diagnosis, BBG will contact all individuals deemed to have been in contact and inform them of the need to quarantine per New York State instructions.
- If a participant cannot attend or we cancel due to COVID-19 related issues, parents will receive a prorated refund for canceled days.
Cancellation Policy: Programs are completely outdoors and take place rain or shine! Please come prepared for the weather. If the weather is severe, we will notify you 24 hours in advance of your program and issue a refund for that day.
Please explore some of our at-home projects including games, recipes, and crafts. Projects are geared towards a variety of ages.
Signs of Spring
Make a garden journal, do a spring scavenger hunt, and create coffee filter peonies.
Explore street trees, learn about phenology, and make a paper bag bonsai tree.
Sort seeds, grow seeds at home, make a living-seed necklace, and make seedy granola.
Check in on seedlings, grow carrot tops, and make carrot cookies.
Learn about animal homes, make a fairy house, play Hawk & Mouse, and make carrot-top pesto.
Go bird watching, make binoculars, build a bird’s nest, and make coconut “bird’s nest” cookies.
Create a home compost bin, make black bean “compost” dip, and play the Compost Shuffle game.
Learn an insect song, make a “worms in dirt” snack, play the In the Soil, On the Grass game, and make herbal bug spray.
Flowers & Pollinators
Learn about pollinators, craft leaf or paper pollinators, play pollinator tag, make sweet sun tea, and blend a citrus sunshine smoothie.
Make sun tea, build a plant light maze, and make nature ice cubes.
Create herb prints and collages, make herb butter, and mix an herbal hand scrub.
Make fruit popsicles, create nature boats, and play a water-themed game.
Create art from recycled materials, make broccoli chips, and learn about your eco footprint.
Make sorrel, create prints with flowers, and learn about nectar guides.
Make cucumber and tomato salad, learn to save seeds, and make special prints with okra.
Celebrate summer by creating a special piñata, baking chocolate beet cake, and making refreshing watermelon mint lemonade.
Online Learning: Videos
Designed for the Garden’s Trees & Saplings and Seeds students (ages 2–6), these classes are full of songs, sensory explorations, and demonstrations. Watch at full frame!
Trees & Saplings: Sensing Spring!
Trees & Saplings: Growing!
Trees & Saplings: Animals!
Trees & Saplings: Birds!
Trees & Saplings: Compost!
Trees & Saplings: Bugs!
Trees & Saplings: Flowers & Pollinators!
Kitchen Gardening with Greta and Mac: Planting Seeds
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s director of Youth Programs discovers some of the seeds we have in our kitchens and guides children on a planting project.