Kids Programs

Kids Programs

Registration opens on Friday, April 16 for our Summer Kids Programs! Read below to learn more about this exciting learning opportunity for children ages 4 – 12 in our 39-acre oasis.

Enjoy our program photobook below as we welcome back families & friends to the Garden!

Summer Children’s Garden 

In-person, On-Site at the Garden | Children ages 4 – 12

4 Summer Sessions | $425 per Session

The Children’s Garden, sponsored by HSBC Bank, is happy to welcome back families for our DROP-OFF Summer Camp!

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn about environmental themes such as gardening, discovering our animal neighbors, using our natural world to create art, and much more! Each Summer session will be taught by dedicated and experienced staff excited to welcome back families to Queens Botanical Garden.

Each session incorporates the Garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on activities, thematic activities, art, and science investigations.

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COVID PROTOCOLS

Summer 2021 Health and Safety for On-Site Children’s Programs

BEFORE ARRIVAL

What do we need to do before arrival?

  • Families are asked to take temperatures at home and fill out a Daily Health Screening Form.
  • If you or any family members feel sick, stay home. Symptoms of COVID19
  • Masks are required for all staff, students and caregivers.
      • QBG will have disposable masks on hand, just in case.
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth and go under the chin. We advise you practice longer-term mask wearing with your child before coming to class.
  • Before class, please take your child to the bathroom.
  • Provide your child/children with a picnic style lunch that does not require refrigeration or heating.

ONSITE SAFETY

What if we forget to complete the Health Screening Form?

  • QBG staff will check each participants health form before allowing them to join the group for the day; Staff will do a visual check as well.
  • If families have not done a health screening form in advance, staff will use an infrared thermometer and ask families to complete health form onsite.
  • During the weeks between class, we hope all of our families keep each other in mind and continue to have safe practices in their daily lives.

How is QBG keeping students, staff, and families safe?

In keeping with CDC guidelines, the following measures will be implemented onsite. We will continue to monitor and update parents with any changes based on changing CDC guidelines.

  • For Summer programming, students are required to stay on our 39-acre property while all classes take place outdoors.
  • Masks are required for staff and children throughout the entire program. Mask breaks can occur when more than 6 feet away from others.
  • Programs will have no more than 18 total people per section, including students, staff and volunteers.
  • Groups will not intermingle with other groups.
  • Any food or drink breaks will be 6 ft apart between participants, staff, and public.
  • Staff and volunteers will ensure students are socially distant during water breaks.

Will students be sharing materials?

  • There will be very limited shared materials. Anything that is shared will be wiped down before sharing, and/or children’s hands will get sanitized before and after usage of items.
  • Before the beginning of each program, staff will use sanitizing wipes or spray to wipe down benches, tables, surfaces, and materials touched and used.
  • Before eating, students will wash their hands with soap and water
  • Staff will aim to maintain a 3-6 foot distance from each other and students whenever possible.
  • Programs will be conducted entirely outdoors, including during light rain.
    • If weather is too inclement to host class, families will be notified and class’s will be held on Zoom.
  • There will not be a designated time for restrooms, as we ask you to take your child prior to class start time, but if your child needs to go, we have individual stalls in our education building. Child will go with a volunteer and use the bathroom independently. All participants must be able to use restrooms independently.

How do I know if anyone in my household is sick?

  • Staff and students are required to stay home if they or anyone in their household or that they’ve been exposed to for prolonged periods exhibits COVID-19 symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • CDC list of when to quarantine
  • There will not be make-up classes for COVID absences. If the whole class is canceled due to exposure, we will hold the class remotely, where possible.

What happens if I or someone in my group tests positive?

  • Families will be notified immediately if someone in their group tests positive.
  • Families will be contacted via email and asked to confirm receipt of email; follow up calls will be made, if necessary.
  • If a student becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms during the day, a staff member will quarantine the student away from the group and notify a parent/guardian for pickup. We will follow the most current CDC guidelines on when that child and others can come back to class.

Please email [email protected] for additional questions, scholarship information, or to be added to our email list and newsletter!

Fall 2020 Photobook & Highlights!

 

FAQ’s:

  • Programs such as Garden Buds, Forest Explorers, Jr. Naturalists are on pause & will be brought back as soon as possible. Please contact us via email (subject: name of the program) to receive news & updates on a specific program.