Urban Advantage Program

Urban Advantage Program

UA Middle School Teachers

Urban Advantage Garden Expeditions are designed for New York City middle school students. Turn your class field trip into a rich learning experience at Brooklyn Botanic Garden by redeeming UA Class Visit vouchers for one of our specialized UA Garden Expeditions!

Choose one of the following middle school UA Expedition topics:

  • Plant Adaptations: Thriving in a Challenging Environment
  • Multiplying Plants: An Introduction to Asexual Reproduction
Each UA Garden Expedition program includes the following:
  • Instructor-led introduction to the topic
  • Guided tour highlighting BBG’s plant collections
  • Journaling activities
  • Hands-on planting activity for students to take home
  • Special post-visit activities to extend Garden learning into the classroom


UA Elementary School Teachers

You may redeem a UA Class Visit voucher for any of the on-site or virtual workshops. UA Elementary teachers will receive additional post-visit resources.

Plan a Field Trip to BBG

Self-guided group visits: Bring your class for free when you register online at least two weeks in advance. Preregistered self-guided groups receive an admission pass for entry to the Garden grounds and Steinhardt Conservatory and priority admission to the School Lunch Area, open seasonally. Register for a self-guided group visit

Visit in all seasons, even winter! The Steinhardt Conservatory is an indoor setting where you can explore tropical, desert, warm temperate, and aquatic plants as well as bonsai. The Visitor Center provides interactive exhibits on the history of the Garden and special features of the plant collections, including how to read the Garden’s plant labels. Note: Garden hours vary by season: Please visit bbg.org/visit when planning your trip.

Visit the Garden yourself beforehand with your UA teacher voucher. Map out the plant collections you will visit, locate restrooms and the lunch area, and identify the entry gate your class will use (depending on whether your class travels to BBG via school bus, public transportation, or on foot). Visit BBG’s online map to begin planning: bbg.org/map.

Ask us for help! We are glad to help you plan your visit. For more information about guided school programs or self-guided school visits, contact Barbara Kurland at [email protected] or 718-623-7235.

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