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Elementary School Workshops

       

Key to the Workshops

Con Ed
Curriculum

Common Core
Activities

Pre-K &
Kindergarten

Grades
1 & 2

Grades
3, 4 & 5

Grades
6, 7 & 8

Spring
Best Bet

Late Spring/
Summer
Best Bet

Fall Best
Bet

Winter
Best Bet

Suitable
for Offsite

As the Worm Turns

Are worms good or bad? Meet earthworms and learn about their life using diagrams and hands-on investigation of a worm bin.  With the aid of basic data, students will determine how to calculate how much waste NYC makes and apprise how recycling kitchen and garden waste with worms can help.  Learn how to care for your own worm bin and bring one back to explore in your classroom (optional).

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $50 worm bin set up (optional)
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31):  $130 per class + $50 worm bin set-up (optional)

Biomes and Plant Communities

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.

  • Terrarium — models the rainforest water cycle with tropical plants
  • Desert Dish Garden — demonstrates the unique adaptations of cacti and succulents
  • Asian Dish Garden — focuses on cultural expression through the landscape
  • Propagation Activity — seed or cutting plus one “mini-greenhouse” for each student

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $8 per student ($5 per student for Propagation Activity)
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $130 per class + $8 per student ($5 per student for Propagation Activity)

City Plants

Wild plants—what some people call weeds—have ecological importance. Explore QBG and see how our meadows and bioswales of wild plants and flowers help prevent flooding and erosion while nurturing the soil and providing habitat. Using specialized field guides, students will collect, display and identify specimens, record their observations and measurements, and design their own herbarium pages for further botanical observation.

PEAK PRICNG (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Color Me Autumn

 

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 activity.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Dr. George Washington Carver

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 in botany, agriculture, chemurgy, botanical illustration, industrial engineering and medicine.  Paint with plants, care for and plant a peanut to take home for further observation.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Good Guys and Bad Guys

Are all bugs insects? What makes an insect an insect? Identify insect body plans 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 and construct an insect model.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Growing Together

A unique multicultural offering. Plants, like people, come from many different regions and countries throughout the world. Colorful displays of plants and food bring 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 plants from 5 continents.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Honeybees

 

Explore the life cycle of honeybees while discovering the intricate relationship they have with flowering plants. Visit the QBG Bee Garden’s working hives and taste honey.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Katydids for Kids

 

Aimed at younger audiences, this workshop explores insect biology and diversity, and distinguish them from look-alike critters. Includes a take home flower planting to encourage pollinator species.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Making Scents of Plants

 

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.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $6 per student
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $130 per class + $6 per student

Plants & Animals

 

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. Includes a seed planting to take home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Plants in the Lives of the First Americans

Available October, late March through 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.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $180 per class

Plants We Eat!

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.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Trees & Me

 

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.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class


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