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Elementary School Workshops

A leader in environmental education, QBG welcomes students across New York City and beyond to our 39-acre living museum. Our hands-on workshops for Pre-K through High School learners cover a myriad of topics from Honeybees to Biomes, and our instructors are noted for their wealth of knowledge about plants, animals, and insects as well as sustainable design and environmental stewardship principles.

Biomes and Plant CommunitiesRecommended for grades 3–5. These are 2 hour workshops.Explore plants and the ecology of biomes around the world. Discover how plants and their parts have adapted in order to survive in the desert or tropical rainforest. Students create a model environment for further study. Please select one theme per workshop.
• Rainforest Terrarium — models the rainforest water cycle with tropical plants
• Desert Dish Garden — demonstrates the unique adaptations of cacti and succulents

Bugging Out

Recommended for all grades.
Are all bugs insects? What makes an insect an insect? Identify insect body parts using diagrams and models, discuss the interdependency of insects and plants, explore how their characteristics enable them to survive, and discover garden critters that are beneficial and harmful in our garden community. Students take home a flower planting.

City Safari

Recommended for grades 3–5.
Cities are rough places for plants to survive—reflected sun bakes like in a desert, skyscrapers make shadows miles long, pavement isn’t a great source of nutrients and streams of water are only found on the way to the sewer. In this workshop students meet the plants that excel at living in cities, explore their adaptations, collect them like scientists do on research expeditions, and preserve them in herbaria to take home a record.
Part of the Con Edison CurriculumColor Me AutumnRecommended for all grades. Available late September — early November.We all begin to adapt to the chill in the air, and there are many changes occurring in our garden environment as well. Observe how plants and animals are preparing for winter and discover how the life cycle of a plant ties into seasonal patterns and changes. Includes a leaf collage to take home.

Growing Together

Recommended for grades 3–5. This is a 2 hour workshop.
A unique multicultural offering. Plants, like people, come from many different regions and countries throughout the world. Colorful displays of plants and food take students on a world journey discovering the origins of plants we eat every day. Students examine a map to determine the origins of the fruit they explored and tasted, and plant a “little world in a pot” with seeds from 5 continents.
Part of the Con Edison Curriculum

Healing with Plants: The Amazing Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver

Recommended for grades 3–5.
Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and about his later achievements. Students will follow in Dr. Carver’s steps, using plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home.
Part of the Con Edison Curriculum


Recommended for all grades.
Explore the amazing world of pollinators and the flowers with which they cooperate. Students focus on the unusual life cycle and social organization of honeybees through observation of active beehives and bees foraging in our Garden. A beekeeping demonstration with a honey tasting concludes the workshop. Make a beeswax candle to take home with you (optional with additional fee).

Making Scents of Plants

Recommended for all grades.
Flowers are not the only part of the plant that can have a beautiful fragrance. Discover how plants evolved to use scents to communicate with the world and how people have used them. Students examine different botanical potpourri elements, then create and follow their own recipe to take a sample home.

Plants & AnimalsRecommended for all grades.Plants and animals need each other in many ways. Investigate the food chain and food web and the ways that living things rely on each other in order to survive in the garden community. Students take home a flower planting.

Plants in the Lives of the First Americans

Recommended for grades 3–5. Available October, late March–May
Discover the importance of plants as they relate to American history. Identify needs shared by all people and how the first Americans used plants to fill those needs. Students use field guides to recognize, identify, and learn about edible wild plants on a food foraging tour and make a tasty “wild” salad.

Plants We Eat!Recommended for all grades.Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Explore plant parts, identify their functions, and discover which of these parts we eat. Includes a seed planting to take home.
Part of the Con Edison Curriculum

Trees & Me

Recommended for all grades.
Trees provide us with wood, food, and paper and help our environment in many ways. Explore the life cycle of a tree and what it needs to grow while determining the role trees play in our daily lives. Plant a tree seed to take home and watch grow.

Part of the Con Edison Curriculum

What’s in BloomRecommended for grades 3–5.Flowers come in all shapes and colors, big and small, flamboyant and shy, but why do plants grow them in the first place? In this workshop participants explore the parts of flowers and learn their function through independent observations and student-led inquiry. After exploring flowers on our grounds students dissect and reconstruct flowers into botanical herbaria and collages.

A Worm in the CityRecommended for grades 3–5.Meet earthworms and other decomposers to learn about their role in our world through hands-on investigation of the garden and a worm bin. Students explore how humans use recycling and composting to mimic nature’s way of dealing with waste. Take a worm bin back to your classroom to continue the explorations and post-trip learning (optional with additional fee).
To register, email or call 718.886.3800 ext. 230.


For information about all workshops and tours we offer, please check out our Environmental Workshops & Tours Guide.


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