QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the classroom. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of the three programs offered. We strive to create an immersive experience in all its programs- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity.
Garden Buds (Ages 2 to 3): We welcome toddlers to join our Garden Buds Program! Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts. Must be accompanied by one adult only. Please no siblings. Garden Buds is offered as a six-class series in the spring and fall.
Children's Garden (Ages 4 to 10): The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. The Children’s Garden creates an immersive experience-- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity. Each session incorporates the Garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on time in the garden, thematic activities, art, and science investigations. Children's Garden is offered in the spring, summer, and fall.
Children’s Garden enjoys lead support from HSBC.
Junior Naturalists (Ages 11 to 14): Give your middle schooler the summer of a lifetime! Instructors challenge young naturalists to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants, sustainability, and local ecosystems are part of everyday life. Using critical thinking and team collaboration, budding ecologists will learn to hunt edible weeds, identify local birds and mammals, trap insects and freshwater invertebrates, and so much more! The session concludes with our annual overnight campout at QBG! Six-week summer program only.
For more information contact Samantha Ross at email@example.com or 718-886-3800 x218
Additional support has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums Grant Program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.