Complimentary Admission Programs

Free admission during public hours is offered to the individuals and groups listed below.

Check details below before planning your visit.


These programs require registration in advance of a visit. Admission is free; however, space may be limited.

Culture Pass
  • Culture Pass is a program for cardholding patrons of Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library, and Queens Library. A limited number of single-use passes to Brooklyn Botanic Garden are available by reservation. Each pass provides free admission to up to 4 people.
  • Book your visit at and print or download your pass to redeem at admission booth.
Self-Guided School and Camp Groups
  • Children’s groups from pre-k through high school are admitted free when the Garden is open.
  • Teachers must register in advance at; see all policies on this page.
  • Print group admission pass to present at gate. School bus drop-off is at 455 Flatbush Avenue; groups arriving by public transportation may use any public entrance.
Nonprofit Organizations Serving People with Disabilities and Older Adults
  • Groups from nonprofit senior centers, shelters, rehabilitation centers, and other 501(c)(3) organizations serving seniors and people with disabilities may register in advance for a free, self-guided visit.
  • Contact [email protected] or call 718-623-7220 for more information.
Monthly Memory Tours
  • Special guided tours designed for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers are offered September through May.
  • Group tours can be arranged for nonprofit nursing homes and day centers.
  • For dates and other information, contact Joanne D’Auria at 718-623-7267 or [email protected].
  • Registered participants will receive admission information.
Discovery Garden Early Openings for Children and Families of All Abilities
  • BBG offers facilitated outdoor activities for families who have children with disabilities once a season, weather permitting.
  • To receive an invitation to the next Discovery Garden Early Opening event, contact [email protected] to sign up for the access-and-inclusion programs email list.
  • Registered participants will receive admission information.
Community Greening Workshops & Events
NYC Compost Project Workshops & Events
  • The NYC Compost Project offers a number of resources for urban composters. Learn more at
  • Programs offered at Brooklyn Botanic Garden include free admission. See individual program details.
Members of the Press on Assignment
  • Members of the press on assignment should contact Elizabeth Reina-Longoria at [email protected] to make advance arrangements.

Student & Family Programs

Academic members and participants in the following programs are admitted free of charge during public admission hours as well as Sakura Matsuri, Chile Pepper Festival, and Harvest Homecoming.

Academic Members: Brooklyn College, Kingsborough, Medgar Evers, Pratt
  • Current students and employees of Brooklyn College, Kingsborough Community College, Medgar Evers College, and Pratt Institute are admitted free of charge.
  • Show valid school ID plus photo ID at admission booth. On festival days, ticket plus ID is required.
Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment
Cool Culture Cardholders
  • Children in the NYC Cool Culture program and their families are admitted free.
  • Each pass admits up to 5 family members.
  • Present pass at box office. Photo ID may also be required.
Garden Apprentice Program
  • Teens in the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) participate in programming from March through November.
  • GAP students enter free with Brooklyn Botanic Garden ID.
Project Green Reach
  • Classrooms participating in Project Green Reach receive free guided tours of the Garden.
  • PGR family passes admit family members free of charge.
  • Show PGR family pass at admission booth.
Urban Advantage
  • Middle school teachers in the Urban Advantage program may redeem an Urban Advantage Class Visit Voucher for a Garden Expedition or Guided Workshop program. See for details and call 718-623-7220 to register.
  • Students with an Urban Advantage Student+3 Voucher receive free admission with up to 3 guests. Redeem at admission booth.
  • Urban Advantage teachers and parent coordinators with an Urban Advantage Teacher/PC Admission Voucher receive free admission with up to 3 guests. Redeem at admission booth.
  • Parent coordinators with an Urban Advantage School Community Trip Voucher receive free admission for 40 people on non–school days. Redeem at admission booth.

Members of Affiliated Organizations

Visitors with valid membership cards for the following organizations are admitted with one guest (unless otherwise noted). Not valid during festivals and other nonpublic hours.

Members of Affiliated Museum and Garden Associations: AHS, APGA, Museums Council
  • Individual members of the American Horticultural Society and Association of Public Gardens receive free admission with 1 guest.
  • Individual members of the Museums Council of New York City are admitted with their family members.
  • Present valid membership card and photo ID at admission booth.
Members of AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program Gardens
  • Members of botanic gardens participating in the AHS Reciprocal Gardens Program receive free admission.
  • Present valid membership card and photo ID at admission booth.
  • See list of participating gardens ›

Employees of Affiliated Organizations

Free admission is extended to individuals with current employee IDs for an affiliated organization, plus one guest (unless otherwise noted).

Employees of Corporate Members
  • See for a list of all current corporate members.
  • Current employees are admitted with 1 guest during public hours as well as Sakura Matsuri, Chile Pepper Festival, and Ghouls & Gourds. On festival days, employees must reserve a free ticket.
  • Employees of Con Edison, National Grid, Orange Utilities, Rockland Utilities, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation are admitted with up to 5 guests.
  • Corporate members also receive 10% discount at the Garden Shop and on BBG classes.
  • Present valid, photo work ID (or business card plus photo ID) at admission booth. On festival days, ticket plus ID is required.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Volunteers
  • Active Garden volunteers may show volunteer ID for free admission with guests.

If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact [email protected]

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