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Energy: You Move Me

Be moved by the amazing journey energy takes as it transforms from one form to another; explore the plant adaptations that make them the base of every food chain, and how people are learning from their example; create and reinforce the connections between energy use and environmental consequences.  This suite of curricula uses a combination of classroom demonstrations, and outdoor exploration can be used in conjunction with other energy lessons to enhance students' understanding of various sources of energy and processes that humans use to generate electricity.

Pick any of the three lessons in the suite or sign up for all three.

Lesson 1 - Energy: You Move Me
Students explore the different forms energy can take and the natural resources humans use for generating electricity.

Lesson 2 - Biomimicry: Learning from Plants
Students visit the Garden and become familiar with plant adaptations that collect and allocate energy, learn how plants increase their energy efficiency, and discover how modern green architecture mimics those adaptations.

Lesson 3 - Decisions: Energy Choices and Impacts
Students take a closer look at the consequences that human decisions regarding energy have on our local and global environment and the available remedies.

One Lesson

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Two Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $350
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $300

Three Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $500
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $450

Made possible by leadership support from The Louis Calder Foundation.

Environmental Modelling

These are 2 hour workshops.

Scientists use environmental modeling to recreate complex ecosystems for study and experimentation.  In these workshops students explore a rainforest or a desert ecosystem in order to learn about what makes those ecosystems unique.  Students then create models that exhibit the same properties and use plants that adapted for survival in these biomes.

Please choose from:

Rainforest Ecosystem - explore how plants cope with excess water and severe sun competition.

Desert Ecosystem - explore the plant adaptations for surviving ater scarcity and sun burns.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 + $8 per student
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 + $8 per student

 

Foraging

Available October, late March through May.  This is a 2 hour workshop.

Before the advent of agriculture humans made their living by hunting for animals and foraging for plants in their environment.  Return to our roots through a look at the edible plants that surround us in our environment -- New York City.  In this workshop, students explore the Garden grounds and distinguish edible plants from ones that can be used for dyes or even medicine, learn to identify them and the conditions that permit collecting.  The workshop concludes with a tasting of gathered seasonal plants.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Plant Propagation

This is a 2 hour workshop.

Plants survive, grow, and multiply all around us, sometimes in very unusual ways. Students explore how plants use various reproductive adaptations in nature and how humans learned to use those adaptations for their own benefit.  Students create a miniature greenhouse with a selection of propagated plants to take home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 + $8 per student
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 + $8 per student

Pollinators in the Garden

Available April - October.

Examine the ecological importance of various pollinators in plant reproduction, evolution, and survival.  Through models, visual aids and more, explore the unique life cycle of honeybees, their social system, and ways of responding to and communicating information about their environment.  Observe active hives in QBG's Bee Garden and watch bees visiting flowers.  Students will enjoy tasting a drop of honey.  Make a beeswax candle to take home with you (optional with additional fee).

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Trash to Treasure

There are millions of people that live in NYC and on a daily basis they all make garbage.  In this workshop, students look at lessons we can take from nature's decomposers and apply them to our garbage.  With the aid of basic data, students will determine how to calculate how much waste NYC makes, its environmental impact, and how we can use worms and recycling to help reduce both.  Learn how to care for your own worm bin and bring one back to explore in your classroom (optional with additional fee).

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Urban Jungle

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 PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Water: Round & Round It Goes

Bring your students on a journey of discovery focusing on the vital importance of water and how environments—either natural or man-made—offer ecological and economic services that clean water and slow down and absorb storm water. This program provides an overview of NYC’s watershed, reviews the scientific method, and offers an experiment for set-up in your classroom. Students learn about the water cycle, the interdependence of living things in the non-living environment, and the consequences of human activity. Students visit the Garden for hands-on experiences in QBG’s U.S. Green Building Council Platinum LEED® certified building and associated landscapes and participate in activities that solidify the learning goals of the program.

Book as a single lesson or sign up for all three.

Lesson 1 - Round & Round it Goes: Water and Wetlands
Students explore the water cycle and use wetland ecosystems as a case study about water's role in nature and how it's affected by the environments it flows through.

Lesson 2 - Dive into NYC
Students dive headfirst into New York's water issues -- from drinking water to showers to sewers.  Where does this water come from, where does it go, and how does NYC deal with having too much or too little of it?

Lesson 3 - Building Water-Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods
Students explore QBG's green infrastructure and apply the knowledge from the previous two sessions to overcome the challenge of redesigning their neighborhood into a sustainable miracle of urban engineering.

One Lesson

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $175

Two Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $350
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $300

Three Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $500
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $450

Made possible by leadership support from The Louis Calder Foundation.


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