Group Programs for Youth

Group Programs for Youth

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.

The below programs take place September 2022 to June 2023. During summer 2023, we will offer outdoor tours, outdoor workshops, and self-guided tours.

Scroll below for more details on workshops and tours.


To book a program, fill out our online request form.


PLEASE NOTE:
🌱 Advance registration and pre-payment are required for all programs.
🌱 All guided programs take place rain or shine and are adaptable for all child ages.
🌱 Participants are required to wear masks during workshops when indoors.
🌱 Attention Urban Advantage Teachers & Parent Coordinators: We accept group vouchers for the programs listed here. Include your UA voucher number(s) on the online request form.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Workshops

Duration: 1.5 hours
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus no more than 4 chaperones.
Cost: $250
Led by a QBG instructor, these themed and seasonal workshops guide participants through an exploration of our garden exhibits. Each theme comes with a culminating activity and take-home. Workshops have an indoor and outdoor component.

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Animal Architecture
Seek animal-made structures, and discuss how they’re created by those animal architects and their intended purpose. Use craft and natural materials to model animal structures and discuss human impact.

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

Trees and Me*
Explore our tree collection, pausing and investigating trees, tree parts, and their functions. Guided activities will help hone observation skills and experiences to create a seasonal tree craft.

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, models, 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**

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

**Nurtured by Nature is held predominantly outdoors.

*Part of Con Ed Curriculum

Tours

Guided Garden Tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students, plus no more than four 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.

Guided Sustainability Tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students, plus no more than four chaperones.
Cost: $215
The tour allows students to explore the steps we can take to make NYC greener by visiting our green building (outside visit only at the moment) and sustainable landscapes to learn about urban water management, ecosystem restoration, energy conservation, and waste management.
Includes a modeling of green roofs with a culminating seed planting activity, led by your guide.

Self-Guided Tour*

Duration: As long as needed – at least one hour is recommended.
Capacity: Up to 30 participants to a group, plus four 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 discovery field guides, pencils, and one QBG tote bag per group. If you would like additional discovery guides for all participants, you may purchase more for $25.

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.

Outreach Workshops at Your School or Organization

Duration: 45 minutes
Capacity for Schools: Up to 30 students to a group
Cost for Schools: $350 for 1 workshop. $300 each for multiple workshops scheduled on the same day.
*Non-School Groups: $375 per group of up to 25 participants

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

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

Bugging Out
Are all bugs insects? Identify insect body parts using hands-on diagrams and models; discover garden critters and the roles they play. Participants take home a flower seed planting.

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. Participants take home a flower seed planting.

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

Water in the City
Learners investigate proper water management in wild and urban areas. Participants reflect on water in their neighborhoods, learn about green architecture and working landscapes, and exercise wetland modeling to apply changes to urban planning.

Virtual Workshops

Duration: 45 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus teachers
Cost: $100 – inquire for non-school group pricing

Bring the wonders of the Garden to your group or classroom with our live, digital workshops! Our skilled and enthusiastic instructors guide students of all ages through real-world applications of environmental stewardship as they discover the relationship between flowers, insects and pollinators, and so much more.

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Bugging Out
In this workshop we will use model making to explore the characteristics and functions of insect bodies.

Fantastic Flowers
In this workshop we explore the relationships between pollinators and plants using our observation skills.

Other
Interested in something else? Please contact us for information and pricing.

We also offer:

  • Themed Lectures at your Organization – for groups of up to 15 to 150 participants
  • Virtual Lectures
  • Tabling Activities – for community events
  • Custom Creations

Covid Protocol

🌱 Face masks are required for program participants and staff while indoors.
🌱 We will practice social distancing between students, staff, and the public whenever possible.
🌱 We do not have a designated covered outdoor area nor an indoor cafeteria. We do have prepared sandwiches and salads available for purchase in our gift shop. Weather permitting, your group may eat lunch in our Crabapple Grove, which is an open space, ideal for a picnic. We also have benches dispersed throughout the garden available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found here: https://queensbotanical.org/know-before-you-go

To book, fill out our online 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. 

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.