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Middle 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

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 suiteof 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.

One Lesson

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

Two Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $320
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $300

Three Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $470
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $450

Made possible by leadership support from The Louis Calder Foundation.

 

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 a 3 session suite.

One Lesson

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

Three Lessons

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $470
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $450

Made possible by leadership support from The Louis Calder Foundation.

Trees & Our Environment

How do trees impact our environment? An introduction to tree anatomy and function will lead to an exploration of adaptions, seasonal changes, and the impact of trees on our urban ecology.  Outdoors, students learn which traits are used to identify trees and note similarities and differences in shape, bark, twigs, leaves, and other details.  Students will be introduced to simple methods of measuring the urban forest such as canopy cover, height, and diameter, plus they will brainstorm on how to observe and measure characteristics and seasonal changes.

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

Pollinators in the Garden

Available April through 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. Taste a drop of Garden-made honey.

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

Interdependence: An Introduction to Ecology

Examine relationships such as the food web, biomass, predator-prey interactions; and other behaviors such as nesting, camouflage, and seed distribution.  Tour the Garden to observe, first-hand, some of these relationships and learn the scientific methods of assessing parts of the environment.  Students brainstorm and learn about ways of doing environmental observations in their local park, school yard, or neighborhood.

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


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