Children’s Garden Classes

Cultivate a love of nature and a connection to plants in your kids by signing up for a Children's Garden class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Children aged 2 to 17 can plant their own crops and flowers and harvest them under the guidance of garden instructors.

Registration

Select from the sections linked below to see class descriptions and fees. Be sure to note age requirements and other qualifications.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that payment is received; note that Children's Garden classes fill quickly.

Classes

Register now for spring and summer classes.

  • A young child planting a seedling in soil.

    Trees & Saplings

    For 2- and 3-year-olds with a caregiver

    Learn about the wonders of gardening with your two- or three-year-old during this active hands-on program. Our youngest gardeners work with their adult partner to tend to their garden plots, sing songs, taste new foods, and create nature crafts.

    Consistent attendance of one adult per child is required. Fee includes one adult and one child. No infants or older siblings, please.

    We recommend that first-time gardeners and early twos choose the 9 a.m. one-hour class section.

    Trees & Saplings FAQ ›

    Upcoming Classes ›

  • Two kids planting in soil under the supervision of a teenager.

    Seeds

    For 4, 5, and 6-year-olds

    Seeds work together in small groups to care for their garden plots and participate in cooking, exploring the wonderful outdoors, crafting, and other fun activities. This is a drop-off program.

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  • Close-up of a child's hands planting a seedling in soil.

    City Farmers

    For students in (or entering) grades 1–8

    City Farmers dig gardening! Students develop basic horticulture skills to bring garden plots to life with fresh, seasonal vegetables and enjoy crafting, cooking, nature exploration, and other hands-on activities.

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  • A young girl works on crafts at a table in the Children's Garden.

    Children’s Garden Spring Break Mini-Session

    For students in kindergarten through 4th grade

    Kick off your spring season in the Children's Garden! Help with early-season tasks like mulching, weeding, and seeding. Round out the morning with crafts, cooking, scavenger hunts, and other fun spring projects.

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  • A group of kids explore along a path in the woods.

    Nature Studio

    For Students Entering Grades 1–5

    Masterpieces come to life as our young artists explore BBG's plant collection through arts and crafts. Painting, drawing, weaving, dyeing, printmaking, p hotography, and garden design projects will inspire children's creativity as they discovery the beauty of botany and the natural world. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

    See Upcoming Classes ›

  • Teens examine plants in the Native Flora Garden extension.

    Field Investigators

    For Students Entering Grades 6–8

    Become a steward of the earth! Field Investigators conduct experiments, collect data, research current ecological topics, and work on team projects. In this field studies program, kids expand knowledge of plant and earth science by exploring exciting habitats at BBG. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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  • A young girl smells the flowers in a garden.

    Looking for a longer day at the Garden this summer?

    For students entering 1st through 8th grades

    Create a unique Garden experience from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by combining gardening in the morning in City Farmers with a summer afternoon program, Nature Studio or Field Investigators. Full-day students bring a snack and a packed lunch. BBG staff supervise lunchtime before escorting students to their afternoon sessions.

  • Kids smile while participating in BCAP, Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program.

    BCAP Summer Camp

    For students ages 7–12

    Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) offers behind-the-scenes fun at Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo—in this two-week summer day camp. Register early before it fills. Financial aid available.

    Visit the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program for more information and to register.

  • Teens show off salad greens from the garden.

    BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project

    For students ages 13–17

    Teens are invited to apply for this six-week summer filmmaking program on the BCAP campus. Earn volunteer hours and a stipend while learning about media and communications with other creative kids from across the city. Applications are accepted starting in February.

    Visit the BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project for more information and to apply.

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