Children’s Garden Classes

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 13 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.

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Children’s Garden participants, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an application, please contact Registration at 718-623-7220 or [email protected].

Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Participation Requirements

Basic Program Guidelines:

  • Please note that at this time, we are not requiring vaccination for participants. As COVID safety protocols evolve, requirements for future programming may be adapted. Any changes and updated policies will be communicated closer to the start of your program.
  • All activities are facilitated outdoors. For the summer program, some classroom space may be used in the afternoons.
  • Masks are optional while outdoors in the Children’s Garden, but participants and staff are required to wear masks while inside the Children’s Garden house, where the restrooms are located. Parents, please be sure to send a mask with your child.
  • Sanitizing and hand-washing stations are placed throughout the garden.
  • If your child is showing signs of illness, they should not attend the program.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up:

  • Only one adult should approach the group for drop-off and pick-up. Important note about entry location: Participants enrolled in spring classes that begin at 9:30 and 10 a.m., as well as all summer classes, must use the 455 Flatbush Avenue entrance. This gate opens 15 minutes prior to your program’s start time.

Snacks:

  • All lunches and snacks will be eaten picnic-style outdoors.
  • Participants will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after snacks.

Staff Safety:

  • All staff members and teen apprentices are required to be vaccinated and have been trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.

Weather Cancellation Policy: Programs take place rain or shine! If the weather is severe, we will notify you 24 hours in advance of your program.

Class Cancellation: Student cancellation at least 10 business days before a course begins will receive a refund, less a $25 administrative fee.

Summer Classes

This summer we are offering drop-off programs for children entering pre-K through 8th grade. Full- and half-day programs are available. The first week, we are offering a mini session from Tuesday to Friday for K–5th graders. The rest of the summer, the programs run in two-week sessions, Wednesday through Friday, for pre-K through 8th grade.

Each summer session will explore a garden theme. Content will repeat, so please register for one section of each theme if you would like your child to attend two sessions.

  • A child wearing a mask holds a watering can sprinkling water over a freshly tilled garden bed.

    Garden Adventures

    Garden and create! Grow and harvest fresh veggies, make beautiful art with natural materials, and prepare farm-fresh recipes. Create art with flowers, make potions with herbs, and explore the wider BBG and its habitats.

    Tuesday–Friday, July 5–8 (K–5th grade), 1-week mini session, mornings $225 member; $245 nonmember

    Wednesday–Friday, July 27–August 5 (pre-K–8th grade)

    Half Day: $340 member; $375 nonmember
    Full Day: $625 member; $665 nonmember

    Sign Up for Garden Adventures
  • Two children work with a spade planting seeds in between two plant beds.

    Eco-Explorers

    This program incorporates planting, harvesting, science experiments, and sustainability projects. Groups take home fresh veggies, investigate compost, cook with garden produce, and learn about the garden’s fascinating creatures, including worms, pollinators, fungi, and more!

    Wednesday–Friday, July 13–22 (pre-K–8th grade)
    Wednesday–Friday, August 10–19 (pre-K–8th grade)

    Half Day: $340 member; $375 nonmember
    Full Day: $625 member; $665 nonmember

    Sign Up For Eco-Explorers

Section Listings for Summer

Garden Adventures

Tuesday–Friday, July 5–8, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Section A: Kindergarten
Section B: Grades 1–5
*note: no pre-K or middle school option for July 5–8
$225 member; $245 nonmember

Wednesday–Friday, July 27–August 5
Half Day: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Section C: Pre-K
Section F: Kindergarten
Section C-1: Grades 1–2
Section C-2: Grades 3–5
Section C-3: Grades 6–8
$340 member; $375 nonmember
Full Day: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Section C-4: Grades 1–2
Section C-5: Grades 3–5
Section C-6: Grades 6–8
$625 member; $665 nonmember

Eco Explorers

Wednesday–Friday, July 13–22
Half Day: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Section B: Pre-K
Section E: Kindergarten
Section B-1: Grades 1–2
Section B-2: Grades 3–5
Section B-3: Grades 6–8
$340 member; $375 nonmember
Full Day: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Section B-4: Grades 1–2
Section B-5: Grades 3–5
Section B-6: Grades 6–8
$625 member; $665 nonmember

Wednesday–Friday, August 10–19
Half Day: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Section D: Pre-K
Section G: Kindergarten
Section D-1: Grades 1–2
Section D-2: Grades 3–5
Section D-3: Grades 6–8
$340 member; $375 nonmember
Full Day: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Section D-4: Grades 1–2
Section D-5: Grades 3–5
Section D-6: Grades 6–8
$625 member; $665 nonmember

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program

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

    BCAP Summer Camp

    For students ages 7–12

    Go behind the scenes of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Brooklyn History, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo—in this two-week summer day camp. Every day, BCAP Adventurers travel to two cultural sites on the BCAP campus for hands-on workshops that weave connections between art, science, culture, and the environment. Register early. Financial aid available.

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

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