Garden Apprentice Program

The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice.

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If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.

Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall. See the tier descriptions for more information and application links. For more information, please email

2019 Program Information Session: Saturday, November 3, 2018

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2019 Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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A group of teenagers in the Garden Apprentice Program smile in the Children's Garden.
Important GAP Dates
Program Tiers
Frequently Asked Questions


GAP Applications

If you would like a printable application to fill out and mail in, please email us at and provide your name and the tier you are applying for.

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If you would like a printable reference form to fill out and mail in, please email us at with your name and the name of the student for whom you are providing a reference.

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Lead Sponsor
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Additional Support

Altman Foundation
Brooklyn Community Foundation
William C. Bullitt Foundation
Bulova Stetson Fund
Constans Culver Foundation
The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation
Zeldin Family Foundation

Building a bean trellis with bamboo in the Children’s Garden. Photo by GAP.
Garden Apprentice shows flowering plants to child
Summer bean harvest! Photo by GAP.
Preparing our plots for spring planting. Photo by GAP.
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A fall work day in the Children’s Garden. Photo by GAP.
Planting trays of vegetable seedlings in early spring. Photo by GAP.
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