Group Programs for Youth

GROUP PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

Visit the Garden with your group or class to explore the wonders of nature up close through a range of interactive and hands-on activities. 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 more!

Scroll below on page for program details.

To book through Spring 2024, fill out our program request form.

Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all programs.
All programs are adaptable for all ages. Please contact us for pricing for non-school and adult groups.

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FIELD TRIPS AT QBG

Workshops

Duration: 1.5 hours
Capacity: Up to 30 participants and 4 chaperones
Cost: $250
Led by a QBG instructor, these themed and seasonal workshops guide participants through an exploration of our garden exhibits, which may include a hands-on activity to take home. Most have an outdoor and indoor component.

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Animal Architecture
Seek out animal-made structures and discuss how and why they are created. Use crafts and natural materials to model animal designs and discuss the impact of humans on their habitats.

Art From the Garden
In a guided stroll through the garden, observe and discuss the shapes, colors, size, patterns, and composition of the plants in our exhibits to inspire a mark making craft using natural pigments.

Trees and Me
Explore our tree collection, pausing to investigate trees, tree parts, and their functions. Guided activities will help hone observation skills and experiences to create a seasonal tree craft. Choose from the themes below, highlighting seasonal change:

  • Autumn: Colors of Fall
  • Spring: Leafing Out

Buzzworthy
Discover the relationship of pollinators and flowers through observation of beehives and pollinators in our garden and how humans can help native pollinators thrive. Participants plant pollinator friendly seeds to bring home.

Bugging Out
Are all bugs insects? Identify insect body parts using hands-on diagrams, model-making, and live insects in our garden. Participants apply what they’ve learned to create their own insect models to take home.

Plants We Eat*
Stroll through the garden, “meeting” our collection of edible plants, exploring the names and functions of different plant parts and the role they play in our diets. Participants plant a collection of edible seeds.

Water in the City*

Explore how the garden’s landscapes interact with water and discuss what that means for the water cycle in the city, do hands-on modeling of water interactions, and create a model of a green roof building!

Nurtured by Nature
(all-outdoors all seasons)
Take a deep breath and let the garden and its landscapes guide participants in a series of meditative activities that explore nature, attend to emotional needs, and build deeper connections to peers.

Sustainability at QBG (all-outdoors all seasons)*
Explore the steps we can take to make NYC greener by visiting our green building and sustainable landscapes to learn about urban water management, ecosystem restoration, energy conservation, and waste management. Includes a culminating modeling of green roof seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Grown on the Farm (April to Mid-December only, all-outdoors)
Visit our lush 1-acre Farm to learn about our growing processes and how we incorporate sustainability in the small-scale operation. Learning topics include irrigation, organic and sustainable practices, and composting. Includes a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Optional “Meet the Farmer” Add-On: For an additional $50, our Farmers can give a first-hand meet and greet and answer any of your questions about farming at Queens Botanical Garden. Summer and fall only, limited availability.

*Part of Con Ed Curriculum

Guided Tours

Duration: 1 hour + 15 min for seed planting
Capacity: Up to 30 participants and 4 chaperones
Cost: $200

Visit the Garden with a guide. Our permanent and seasonal collections showcase a variety of environmental, botanical, and cultural themes. Includes a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide. Tours are all-outdoors in all seasons.

Self-Guided Tours

Duration: As long as needed – at least one hour is recommended.
Capacity: Up to 30 participants to a group, plus 4 chaperones. If the amount of participants exceeds this limit, please schedule additional tours.
Cost: $65

Explore Queens Botanical Garden at your own pace and investigate the specific exhibit areas that complement your needs and interests. Includes 10 adventure field guides, pencils, and one QBG tote bag per group (only provided during paid season, April-Dec). If you would like additional adventure guides for all participants, you may purchase for an extra $25 per group.

Upgrade with an 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.

Not available on Mondays when we are closed to the public.

QBG VISITS YOU

Outreach Workshops

If you can’t make it to Queens Botanical Garden, we can bring our program to your classroom!

Duration: 45 minutes*
Capacity Per Workshop: 3-K, Pre-K, & Kgn, 25 students. Older ages, 30 students.
Cost for Schools: $350 for 1 workshop. $300 each for multiple workshops scheduled on the same day.
Cost Non-School Groups: Starting at $400 per group of up to 25 participants

*3K and Pre-K classes can be shortened.

These workshops are participatory and must take place in a classroom with tables and chairs.

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Plant Part Art
Explore plant parts and identify their functions, through art creations. Students will create artwork using materials such as pea flower, turmeric, mint, and other plant ingredients.

Bugging Out
Are all bugs insects? Identify insect body parts using hands-on diagrams and model-making; discover garden critters and the roles they play. Participants create an insect model to take home.

Fantastic Flowers
Connect to your inner scientist and artist by applying your powers of observation! Participants dissect flowers and learn about the function of each part before creating a floral-inspired suncatcher, using their knowledge of flower color, shape and form.

Making Scents
Discover why plants are scented and how people use plant scents. Participants examine different botanical potpourri elements, and create their own sample.

QBG at Your Event

Planning a school or community event? We can enhance it with our expert instructors who can provide a range of engaging tabling activities. Our diverse offerings include botanical craft activities, seed plantings, and much more. Please contact us to discuss how we can tailor our activities for your topics of interest.

Duration: Starting at 2 hr events
Capacity: Starting at 200 people
Cost for Schools: Starting at $500
Cost Non-School Groups: Starting at $600

Fees may increase depending on staffing and material needs

 

SUMMER 2024 FIELD TRIPS

This summer, we are offering all-outdoor themes tours and a general tour. Please use the request form below to request programs from July through August.

Guided Tours

Duration: 1 hour + 15 min for seed planting
Capacity: Up to 30 participants and 4 chaperones
Cost: $200

Visit the Garden with a guide. Our permanent and seasonal collections showcase a variety of environmental, botanical, and cultural themes. Includes a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide. Held all-outdoors, rain or shine.

Themed, Guided Tours

Enhance your experience by choosing from one our themed tours below.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Capacity: Up to 30 participants and 4 chaperones
Cost: $250
Led by a QBG instructor, these themed tours guide participants through an exploration of our garden exhibits, which include a hands-on activity to take home. Held all-outdoors, rain or shine.

Click to expand for list of themes

Buzzworthy
Discover the relationship of pollinators and flowers through observation of beehives and pollinators in our garden and how humans can help native pollinators thrive. Participants plant pollinator friendly seeds to bring home.

Bugging Out
Are all bugs insects? Identify insect body parts using hands-on diagrams, model-making, and live insects in our garden. Participants plant insect friendly flower seeds to bring home.

Plants We Eat
Stroll through the garden, “meeting” our collection of edible plants, exploring the names and functions of different plant parts and the role they play in our diets. Participants plant a collection of edible seeds.

Nurtured by Nature
Take a deep breath and let the garden and its landscapes guide participants in a series of meditative activities that explore nature, attend to emotional needs, and build deeper connections to peers.

Sustainability at QBG
Explore the steps we can take to make NYC greener by visiting our green building and sustainable landscapes to learn about urban water management, ecosystem restoration, energy conservation, and waste management. Includes a culminating modeling of green roof seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Grown on the Farm
Visit our lush 1-acre Farm to learn about our growing processes and how we incorporate sustainability in the small-scale operation. Learning topics include irrigation, organic and sustainable practices, and composting. Includes a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Self-Guided Tours

Duration: As long as needed – at least one hour is recommended.
Capacity: Up to 30 participants to a group, plus 4 chaperones. If the amount of participants exceeds this limit, please schedule additional tours.
Cost: $65

Explore Queens Botanical Garden at your own pace and investigate the specific exhibit areas that complement your needs and interests. Includes 10 adventure field guides, pencils, and one QBG tote bag per group (only provided during paid season, April-Dec). If you would like additional adventure guides for all participants, you may purchase for an extra $25 per group.

Upgrade with an 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.

Not available on Mondays when we are closed to the public.

MORE AT QBG!

School Family Engagement Event at QBG

Host your school community event at QBG! Our beautiful outdoor space is an urban oasis perfect for families and communities to learn, laugh and grow together. We offer tailored hands-on activities for kids and families, led by friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Starting at $2000, your event includes:

• 3 hour time frame
• Designated outdoor area
• Free admission to school families (up to 200 people) and access to the entire garden for the day
• Reduced parking fee of $5 per vehicle
• Guided activities by QBG staff
• Self-guided activities, including a Farm scavenger hunt and the chalk walk: use chalk to create art

We request that you schedule these in advance, 2 months prior ideally.

Health & Safety

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  • Face masks are not required for program participants and staff while indoors. Individuals may choose to still wear masks.
  • We ask that members of your group who are not feeling well or have covid-like symptoms refrain from participating.

More information can be found here: queensbotanical.org/know-before-you-go

Lunch

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  • A covered area for lunch cannot be guaranteed, nor do we have an indoor cafeteria. We have benches dispersed throughout the garden available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Weather permitting, your group may bring their lunch and eat in our crabapple arboretum (#23 on map), which is an open space, ideal for a picnic on the ground. Here is the link to the map of the garden for reference.
  • We have sandwiches and salads for sale in our gift shop/store while supplies last.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all programs.
All programs are adaptable for all ages. Please contact us for pricing for non-school and adult groups.