Queens Botanical Garden is a 39-acre urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.
QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the classroom. While participating in nature study and craft activities, they learn about organic gardening practices like composting, mulching, and companion planting. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of the three programs offered: Garden Buds (2-3), Children’s Garden (4-10), and Junior Naturalists (11-14). Check out all our great upcoming programs on our website.
Ages 2-3: We welcome toddlers to join our Garden Buds Program! Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts. Must be accompanied by an adult. Please no siblings. Garden Buds is offered as a four-class series in the spring and fall. For Garden Buds FAQs, please visit our website. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above.
Ages 4-10: The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, our young gardeners have the opportunity to grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016. Children’s Garden is offered in the spring, summer, and fall. For Children’s Garden FAQs, please visit our website. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above. This is a drop-off program.
Ages 11-14: These classes are specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden. Join us for this new and exciting summer opportunity specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden. Participants will tend to their own garden plots, complete scientific experiments and investigations, and take a more in-depth look at the surrounding ecosystems. Summer program only. Member discounts apply to Family member levels or above.
*For specific dates and prices, please visit our website at: http://www.queensbotanical.org/programs/gardenprogramsforkids