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Project Green Reach

Project Green Reach

Project Green Reach (PGR) is an outreach program for K–8 teachers and their classes from Brooklyn’s Title I schools.

Teachers must apply for acceptance into PGR. At least two teachers and their classes must apply from each school; however, both teachers do not have to teach the same grade level. Although PGR typically works with two classrooms per school, this semester we will consider additional classes on a case-by-case basis. Teachers who have already participated in the in-person PGR program are welcome to apply to the blended fall program.

Fall 2022 New Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Check back in mid December for the spring 2023 PGR application.

Fall 2022 Program Details

Important Dates

  • Fall 2022 application deadline: September 21, 2022
  • Notification of teacher acceptance: By September 23, 2022
  • In-person Teacher Orientation based on topic: Wednesday, October 12 (Exploring Plants) or Thursday, October 13 (Tropical and Desert)
  • In-person tours: Mid October through beginning of December
  • Synchronous sessions with PGR staff: October through December
  • In-person Teacher Plants in Practice workshop: Tuesday, January 10 workshop (Exploring Plants) and Wednesday, January 11 workshop (Tropical and Desert)


PGR is a blended (virtual and in-person) program for the fall 2022 semester. The program includes:

  • a video tour(s) of the Garden
  • a video lesson(s) from the Garden’s Education Greenhouse
  • a hands-on, inquiry-based video lesson with a planting tutorial
  • a live, synchronous plant science lesson with PGR staff

Each class will also receive:

  • an in-person tour of BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory and outdoor gardens (buses provided)
  • a kit with plants, potting-up materials for each student, teacher guides, and student worksheets
  • Teachers will receive two in-person professional development workshops at BBG.

Curriculum Options

Each school will pick one of the following topics:

Tropical and Desert Explorations

The tropical rainforest and desert environments are unique and fascinating, and so are the plants found there. Classes will explore the features of tropical and desert plants and discover the ways plants have adapted to survive the conditions of these environments. Students will dissect, propagate, and pot up their own tropical and desert plants.

Exploring Plants in Our Lives

Have you used a plant today? Classes will explore plants people use for food and flavoring, medicine, and materials, while learning about the different plant parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds) and their functions. Students will dissect seeds, explore seed germination, and pot up their own plant with useful parts.

Additional Project Green Reach Resources

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. The PGR Teacher/Alumni Workshop is offered every other year. The next one will be in Winter 2023.

Garden Lab

Garden Lab is a spring-semester program that brings inquiry-based science learning outside into your school’s existing raised-bed garden. Students receive classroom and garden-based instruction in planting, maintaining, and harvesting a spring salad garden at school; a tour of BBG; and a plant of their own. Garden Lab is postponed until the 2023-24 school year.

Curriculum resources can be found at the Project Green Reach Google site.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Major Supporter
National Grid

Additional Support

William C. Bullitt Foundation
Green Charitable Foundation
Sarah B. Weir and Family

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