Summer Programs

The Garden offers a variety of summer programs for kids of all ages!

Sample City Farmers Day
9–9:30 a.m. Check-in at the Children's Garden; welcome games, science journaling 9:30–10:30 a.m. Gardening time—weeding, planting, watering 10:30–10:45 a.m. Snacks and stories 10:45–11:15 a.m. Sail tulip-leaf boats in the Water Garden 11:15–12:15 p.m. Harvest and cooking—beet red velvet cupcakes with edible flowers 12:15–12:30 p.m. Water play and sprinkler time 12:30 p.m. Pickup for morning students; picnic lunch for full-day students 1–2 p.m. Bonsai tree sculptures 2–2:30 p.m. Nature walk to the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden 2:30–3:30 p.m. Koi watercolors 3:30 p.m. Pickup and goodbyes

 

Registration

Select from the sections linked below to see class descriptions and fees. Be sure to note age requirements and other qualifications.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that payment is received; note that Children's Garden classes fill quickly.

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Children's Garden participants, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an application, please contact Registration at 718-623-7220 or registration@bbg.org.

Summer Classes at the Garden

  • A young child planting a seedling in soil.

    Trees & Saplings

    For 2- and 3-year-olds with a caregiver

    Learn about the wonders of gardening with your two- or three-year-old during this active hands-on program. Our youngest gardeners work with their adult partner to tend to their garden plots, sing songs, taste new foods, and create nature crafts.

    Consistent attendance of one adult per child is required. Fee includes one adult and one child. No infants or older siblings, please.

    We recommend that first-time gardeners and early twos choose the 9 a.m. one-hour class section.

    Trees & Saplings FAQ ›

    Sign Up For Trees & Saplings ›

  • Two kids planting in soil under the supervision of a teenager.

    Seeds

    For 4, 5, and 6-year-olds

    Seeds work together in small groups to care for their garden plots and participate in cooking, exploring the wonderful outdoors, crafting, and other fun activities. This is a drop-off program.

    Sign Up for Seeds ›

  • Close-up of a child's hands planting a seedling in soil.

    City Farmers

    For students in (or entering) grades 1–8

    City Farmers dig gardening! Students develop basic horticulture skills to bring garden plots to life with fresh, seasonal vegetables and enjoy crafting, cooking, nature exploration, and other hands-on activities.

    Sign Up for City Farmers ›

  • A young girl works on crafts at a table in the Children's Garden.

    Children’s Garden Spring Break Mini-Session

    For students in kindergarten through 4th grade

    Kick off your spring season in the Children's Garden! Help with early-season tasks like mulching, weeding, and seeding. Round out the morning with crafts, cooking, scavenger hunts, and other fun spring projects.

    Sign Up for the Mini-Session ›

  • Kids smile while participating in BCAP, Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program.

    BCAP Summer Camp

    For students ages 7–12

    Go behind the scenes of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo—in this two-week summer day camp. Every day, BCAP Adventurers travel to two cultural sites on the BCAP campus for hands-on workshops that weave connections between art, science, culture, and the environment. Register early—camp starts filling up in February. Financial aid available.

    Visit the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program for more information and to register.

  • Two teenagers look closely at a camera.

    BCAPteen Summer Photojournalism Internship

    For students ages 14–17

    BCAPteen is a two-week mini-internship blending digital media & communications, personal & professional skills, and the creative arts through the lens of photojournalism. Earn volunteer credit hours and a stipend, while learning with other creative kids from across the city. Applications are due by March 15.

    Visit the BCAPteen Summer Photojournalism Internship for more information and to apply.

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