Group Programs – Onsite

Group Programs
Onsite Workshops & Tours

Visit the Garden with your group or classroom to explore the wonders of nature up close! While here, you may visit the honeybee hives at the Bee Garden, go birdwatching in the Arboretum, or spend time enjoying the many scents of the Herb Garden – and so much more. Explore our onsite programs below, which are enjoyed by learners of all ages!

*In order to ensure you have a safe and fun visit, onsite guided programs are limited in group capacity. Participants are also required to wear masks at all times and practice social distancing.

Outdoor Workshops

Led by a QBG instructor, these themed and seasonal workshops guide participants through an exploration of our garden exhibits. Each theme includes a culminating activity and take-home.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: Maximum of 30 students to a group, plus no more than 4 chaperones.

Cost: $200

Offered Themes: 

  1. Autumn Trees – make a collage (autumn only)
  2. Spring Trees – leaf rubbing craft (spring only)
  3. Animal Architecture – observe and create nests from found materials
  4. Plants We Eat – seed planting activity
  5. Making Scents – make dried-herb sachets
  6. Art in Garden – use natural materials to create a paintbrush and a work of art

Self-Guided Tours

Explore Queens Botanical Garden at your own pace and investigate the specific exhibit areas that complement your needs and interests. Cost comes with 10 discovery field guides, pencils, crayons, and one QBG tote bag per group.

Duration: As long as needed – at least 1 hour is recommended.

Capacity: Maximum of 30 students to a group, plus chaperones. If the number of participants exceeds this limit, please schedule additional tours.

Cost: $60

Optional Seed Planting Kit Add-On: One kit includes enough supplies for 30 participants to plant flower or bean seeds. The fee is $25 per group. Kits can be picked up at visitor building and activity must be completed offsite, after your visit.

Guided Tours with Seed Planting Activity for Kids

Visit the Garden with a guide. Our permanent and seasonal collections showcase a variety of environmental, botanical, and cultural themes.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity: Maximum of 30 students to a group, plus no more than 3 chaperones.

Cost: $175*

*Cost includes a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Pumpkin Patch at the Farm: For School Groups

(limited availability)

Bring your school group to QBG’s Pumpkin Patch for the quintessential fall experience! This special group rate of $250 per group includes admission to both the Patch and the Garden.

If you are an adult group interested in visiting the Pumpkin Patch, you may only reserve tickets here for the weekend dates, between October 16th to October 31st.

When? Wednesdays and Fridays from October 20th to October 29th during the following 30 minute ticketed time slots:

9:30 am – 10:30 am
10:15 am – 10:45 am
11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

*Must show up on time, otherwise your visit in the pumpkin patch will be shortened.

Capacity: Maximum of 30 participants to a group plus 3-4 chaperones

Cost: $250

What comes with my visit? The outdoor Pumpkin Patch at the QBG Farm will be full of harvest-themed photo opportunities, where all 30 students get to choose their own pumpkin, and a grab-and-go activity to take home, as well as chalk to make art on our paved “chalk walk”! Included are also 30 QBG discovery guides and 30 pencils to explore the rest of the Garden after your visit to the Patch to make a day out of your visit!

To Register: Please only fill out the School Group Pumpkin Patch form here: https://bit.ly/PumpkinQBGSchoolGroups

Guided Tours for Adults

Visit the Garden with a guide. Our permanent and seasonal collections showcase a variety of environmental, botanical, and cultural themes.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity: Maximum of 20 participants to a group

Cost: $225

Optional Dish Garden Add-On: Customize your tour and create a dish garden, for an additional $100. In addition to a guided tour, your visit will culminate with the making of your very own garden-in-a-dish to take home. This activity extends the program by 30 minutes.

Urban Advantage Teachers & Parent Coordinators

Please inquire about fall vouchers.
To Book: Follow the directions in the registration and payment section. Include your UA voucher number(s) on the online request form.

Note about lunch for all onsite programs: 

We do not have a designated covered outdoor area nor an indoor cafeteria. Weather permitting, your group may eat in our Arboretum/Crabapple Grove, which is an open space, ideal for a picnic. We have benches dispersed throughout the garden available on a first-come, first-served basis.

COVID Protocols

HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR ON-SITE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

  • Face masks required for program participants and staff
  • We will practice 3-6 foot social distancing between students, staff, and the public whenever possible.
  • Upon checking in, you will be asked whether or not you have COVID symptoms and a normal temperature.

BEFORE ARRIVAL

  • Daily, before you leave your house, please ask yourselves the following 3 questions:
    1. Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced (in the last 48 hours), any new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms?
    2. Have you had close contact (being within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period) in the past 10 days with any person confirmed by diagnostic test, or suspected based on symptoms, to have COVID-19? (If fully vaccinated (more than 2 weeks past your first shot of a single dose series, or more than 2 weeks past your second shot of a double dose series) then this does not apply unless you are exhibiting symptoms.)
    3. Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home.

Click here for our Visitor Guide and Map to prepare for your visit!

To book, please fill out our online request form.
For  questions, please email [email protected]

Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all programs.