Teachers & Schools
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is offering a variety of virtual programing options as well as a limited number of tickets for in-person school group visits. Read on to find an option that works for you and your students.
Self-Guided Schools & Camp Groups
A limited number of registration slots are now available for groups of up to 10 students with their teachers. Children’s groups from pre-K through high school are admitted for free as space allows.
Teachers must reserve tickets in advance for these self-directed visits, and special safety protocols are currently in place. Teachers may request information to learn more.
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Teachers (grades K–8) may select asynchronous or synchronous virtual field trips.
The asynchronous option can be implemented at your own pace and includes Steinhardt Conservatory video tours of the Tropical and Desert Pavilions, a pre-recorded, instructor-led lesson appropriate for grade bands K–2, 3–5, or 6–8, a potting-up video tutorial for teachers, and a grade level–appropriate teacher guide. Teachers will be mailed a kit including four plants and potting-up materials for the class. Fee: $50 per class.
The synchronous option includes a 45-minute live BBG instructor–led experience consisting of Steinhardt Conservatory pre-recorded video tours of the Tropical and Desert Pavilions and an interactive lesson. Teachers will set up the virtual field trip using the platform of their choice. Teachers will be mailed a kit including four plants and potting-up materials for the class. Access to online materials and a potting-up video tutorial for teachers included. Fee: $75 per class. Ask about our discount for Title I schools and special needs groups.
Project Green Reach
Project Green Reach (PGR) is a semester-long program for K–8 teachers and their classes in Brooklyn’s Title I schools. Schools must apply for acceptance into PGR. At least two teachers and their two classes from each school must apply, though both teachers do not have to teach the same grade level.
PGR’s virtual program includes three asynchronous components and one synchronous session: video tours of the Steinhardt Conservatory’s Tropical and Desert Pavilions; a video lesson in BBG’s Education Greenhouse; a hands-on, inquiry-based video lesson including a planting tutorial; and a live, synchronous plant science lesson with PGR staff. Each class will receive a mailed kit of four plants, potting-up materials for each student, teacher guide, and student worksheets. Teachers will also receive two virtual professional development sessions with training on inquiry-based teaching and plant care. Application to PGR fall 2021 will open in September 2021. Fee: $50 per class. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Redeem a UA Class Visit Voucher for a virtual field trip experience. UA virtual tours are 45-minute live, BBG instructor–led experiences consisting of virtual tours of the Steinhardt Conservatory’s Tropical and Desert Pavilions and an interactive lesson. Teachers will set up the virtual field trip meeting using the platform of their choice.
Teachers will be mailed a kit including four plants and potting-up materials for the class. Access to online materials and a potting-up video tutorial for teachers included. Additionally, UA Middle School teachers and their classes will also have the opportunity to engage with online materials that extend learning to the topic of climate change. UA Elementary School teachers will receive a digital plant reference book.
Fee: one UA Class Visit Voucher per class.
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Professional Development Workshops for Educators
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DOE "P" Credit In-Service Course
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