Queens Botanical Garden - Where people, plants, and cultures meet
Using Your Urban Advantage Voucher

Welcome to Queens Botanical Garden where students have access to 39 acres of trees, flowers and animals and can get an exceptional introduction to the natural world without a trek into the wilderness.

How to Book a Workshop or Guided Tour at the Queens Botanical Garden

  • Browse our selection of Environmental Workshops and Tours for one that suits your students’ age and your content (Middle School Workshops are on the next page)
  • Take a look at your school calendar and select several potential dates for your visit
  • Please have the following information ready:
    • Title of Workshop you’re interested in
    • Your Name, phone number and email
    • Your School’s phone number and address
    • Number of classes you’re bringing, grades, and number of students in each
    • Your preferred dates
    • Your voucher number
  • Call our Education Coordinator at 718.886.3800 ext. 230 or email  SchoolPrograms@queensbotanical.org to book your workshop.
  • Please note that your preferred dates may not be available.
  • Please note that some workshops require an additional materials fee.
  • Please note that the due date for your voucher and any additional payments is listed on your invoice.

How to Prepare for Your QBG Visit

  • Familiarize yourself with the Garden’s address, the amount of time you’ll need to travel here from your school, hours of operation, meeting location with your instructors (Parking Garden, unless otherwise stated) relevant collections and exhibits, and Garden etiquette.
  • Check your emailed invoice for any discrepancies.
  • Review the pre-trip information for your workshop using the appropriate link in your invoice and prepare your students accordingly.
  • Programs run rain or shine. Check upcoming weather conditions. While our workshops are conducted indoors, most of the Garden is an outdoor experience so students, teachers, and chaperones are advised to dress appropriately.
  • Enjoy your visit!

Class Trips & Family Field Trip Selections

Click here for additional information about the programs listed below:

  • Queens Botanical Garden offers the following programs with the use of a UA voucher:
    • Guided Garden Tours
    • Tours of the LEED® Platinum Visitor and Administration Building (certified by the U.S. Green Building Council)

    • Energy: You Move Me (Book 1, 2, or 3 Programs!)
      • Lesson 1 – Energy: You Move Me
      • Lesson 2 – Biomimicry: Learning from Plants
      • Lesson 3 – Decisions: Energy Choices and Impacts
    • Foraging
    • Pollinators in the Garden
    • Trash to Treasure
    • Urban Jungle
    • Water: Round & Round It Goes (Book 1, 2, or 3 Programs!)
      • Lesson 1 – Round and Round it Goes – Water and Wetlands
      • Lesson 2 – Dive into NYC
      • Lesson 3 – Building Water Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods
    • Self-Guided Tours with Supporting References and Materials between April 1st and October 31st
  • Admission (and only admission) to QBG is free between November 1st and March 31st.

During these times you do not need a voucher if you would just like to visit the Garden for a Self-Guided visit.

  • If you are coming without a voucher, please email mrackmill@queensbotanical.org so that we can record your visit for DOE and UA purposes. 
  • If you are coming by yourself please conduct a pre-visit to the Garden to familiarize yourself with our grounds.
  • Utilize the materials located on our Visit the Garden page.
  • Please note that we do not have indoor spaces available to you unless you are taking a paid class trip.

You may visit www.queensbotanical.org for more information.

For specific programs or to book a voucher-based program, please contact our office at schoolprograms@queensbotanical.org or 718 886 3800 ext 230.

For questions specifically related to Urban Advantage, please contact Marnie Rackmill at mrackmill@queensbotanical.org.

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