QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the classroom. While participating in nature study and craft activities, they learn about organic gardening practices like composting, mulching, and companion planting. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of the three programs offered: Garden Buds (2-3), Children’s Garden (4-10), and Junior Naturalists (11-14).
Garden Buds: Ages 2-3: We welcome toddlers to join our Garden Buds Program! Tailored to teach the youngest gardeners, these classes let children discover the wonders of nature through exploration that includes hands-on work and play in the garden. Kids get to harvest and taste what they plant! Must be accompanied by an adult, please no siblings. Garden Buds is offered as a four-class series in the spring and fall. For Garden Buds FAQs, please click here. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above.
Spring: Sales have ended. 4-class series: $60 non-member/$54 member Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9 to 10am Saturdays: May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10 to 11am
Fall: 4-class series: $75 non-member/$67.50 member Thursdays: September 22, 29, October 6, 13 from 9 to 10am Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 15, 22 from 9:45 to 10:45am OR 11:15 to 12:15pm.
Children's Garden: Ages 4-10: The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, our young gardeners have the opportunity to grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016. Children’s Garden is offered in the spring, summer, and fall. For Children’s Garden FAQs, please click here. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above. This is a drop-off program.
Spring: Sales have ended. 10 class series: $185 non-member/$166 member Saturdays: April 2—June 11 (skip 5/28), from 2 to 4pm
Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 4pm This is a two-day per week program Session One: July 6 to 28 (3.5 weeks) $475 non-member/$427.50 member Session Two: August 1 to 25 (4 weeks) $540 non-member/$486 member Session One and Two: July 6 to August 25 (7.5 weeks) $965 non-member/$868 member
Fall: $20 non-member/$18 member per class or $92.50 non-member/$83.25 member for 5 class series
Saturdays: September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22 from 2 to 4pm
Children’s Garden enjoys lead support from HSBC.
Junior Naturalists: Ages 11-14:Join us for this new and exciting summer opportunity specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden. Participants will tend to their own garden plots, complete scientific experiments and investigations, and take a more in-depth look at the surrounding ecosystems. For Junior Naturalists FAQ, please click here. Summer program only. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 3:30pm Session One: July 6 to 29 (4 weeks) $425 non-member/$382 member Session Two: August 3 to 26 (4 weeks) $425 non-member/$382 member Session One and Two: July 6 to August 26 (8 weeks) $850 non-member/$765 member
**Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above**
Get a sneak peek of all the Children's Garden activity withRebecca Wolf, QBG Director of Education, by watching the video below:
Additional support has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums Grant Program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.