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!

*Participants are encouraged to wear masks at all times and practice social distancing.

Summer 2022 Notice:

We are offering tours only for this summer – both guided and self-guided. Please use this form to request a summer 2022 group visit.

We are in the process of updating this website to reflect new and exciting program offerings for the 2022-2023 school year. Stay tuned!

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, 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: $65

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: $200

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

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.

Outdoor Workshops

(Unavailable this Summer)

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.

Offered Themes: 

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

Urban Advantage Teachers & Parent Coordinators

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


  • 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.


  • 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 to view our Map to prepare for your visit!

To book, please fill out our online request form for Summer 2022.
For  questions, please email [email protected]

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