Project Green Reach

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 718-623-7228.

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

Project Green Reach curriculum options:

Bulbs (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!


Flowers, Fruits & Seeds (Spring Only)

We all love plants for their beautiful flowers, but what do flowers do for the plant? How do fruits form and why do they hide seeds inside? Students will explore, dissect and plant fast-growing bean seeds in order to observe a complete life cycle 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! 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. Please call 718-623-7228 for more information or to request an application.

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 718-623-7228 for more information.

Science Standards Connections

Use this matrix to find NYS Science Core Curriculum Standards supported by Project Green Reach.

Program

Grade Level

Bulbs
(Grades K–8)
Elementary
K–4th grades

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

Intermediate
5th–8th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g, LE4.4.3c

High School
9th–12th

n/a
Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
(Grades K–8)
Elementary
K–4th grades

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

Intermediate
5th–8th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g, LE4.4.3c

High School
9th–12th

n/a
Kitchen Botany
(Grades K–8)
Elementary
K–4th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, LE4.1.1b, LE4.1.2a, LE4.3.1b, LE4.4.2a, LE4.5.2g

Intermediate
5th–8th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g

High School
9th–12th

n/a
Desert Environments
(Grades K–8)
Elementary
K–4th grades

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

Intermediate
5th–8th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g

High School
9th–12th

n/a
Tropical Rainforest
(Grades K–8)
Elementary
K–4th grades

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

Intermediate
5th–8th grades

S1.1a, S1.1b, S1.1c, LE4.1.1g

High School
9th–12th

n/a

Key

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