Urban Advantage at QBG

Urban Advantage at QBG

*For Urban Advantage teachers ONLY

Urban Advantage (UA) is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and science centers. We believe that their extraordinary scientific and cultural resources convey a true “urban advantage.” Traditionally, these institutions have supported formal science education goals only indirectly. UA involves institutions outside the formal education system that support the science-specific goals of the public school system.
To learn more about Urban Advantage, CLICK HERE.


To Book: Please fill out our online request form and be sure to include your UA voucher number.

One UA voucher may be redeemed for the following programs for up to 30 students, with 3-4 chaperones per group:


One Workshop:

Duration: 1.5 hours
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus no more than 4 chaperones.

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.

Available Themes:
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.

One Guided Garden Tour:

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus no more than 4 chaperones.

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.

Two Self-Guided Tours with Seed Planting Kits and Discovery Guides*:

Duration: As long as needed – at least 1 hour is recommended.
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus no more than 4 chaperones.

Explore Queens Botanical Garden at your own pace and investigate the specific exhibit areas that complement your needs and interests. Includes a seed planting kit to be completed offsite, after your visit, 30 discovery field guides, pencils, and one QBG tote bag per group.

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

Two Virtual Workshops:

Duration: 45 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students to a group, plus teachers

Bring the wonders of the Garden to your group or classroom with our 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.

Available Themes:

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.

For questions related to Urban Advantage, please contact Gennadyi Gurman at [email protected] or Rachel Moskowitz at [email protected].