Children’s programs at the New York Botanical Garden

Looking for educational programming for children in the Bronx? One place you might not have considered is the New York Botanical Garden. Did you know that NYBG offers children’s gardening programs? The garden offers programs all year round, with activities for children of all ages to enjoy. In these programs, kids can embark on an exciting adventure to discover the world of plants, making NYBG’s 250 acres their classroom, with program locations including the Edible Academy, GreenSchool, Thain Family Forest, and more.

Here are some programs for children at NYBG to check out:

Nature Explorers for ages 2–3

Come along with your little one on a guided hike to discover the best spots in the Garden. This hour-long program is designed for young children and their caregivers to explore areas of NYBG that have a scale and seasonal interest just right for little nature lovers. Each session includes songs, stories, and take-home projects. Learn more.

Garden Sprouts for ages 3–5

Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children ages 3–5 experience nature up close while investigating living things, tasting new foods, and making crafts. Spring through fall, Garden Sprouts are introduced to the fun of planting and harvesting in the garden. In the winter, Garden Sprouts explore the winter garden and our greenhouse, using both for seasonal activities. Read more.

Garden Crafters for ages 6–12

Garden Crafters experience seasonal themes and activities while exploring our edible garden. Spring through fall, kids plant tasty vegetables, fresh herbs, and beautiful flowers—and then take home organic produce harvested from their very own garden plot! In the winter, Garden Crafters investigate the Garden, the greenhouse, and cold weather gardening techniques while preparing for the busy planting season ahead. Read more.

Camps for Grades K–8

Science- and nature-themed Camps for kids in Grades K–8 feature outdoor explorations, science investigations, and behind-the-scenes tours in the Garden’s 250-acre landscape. Each week takes full advantage of the Garden’s vast plant collection and unique habitats like the 50-acre native forest, wetlands, and Native Plant Garden. Read more.

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