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Gardening Programs for Kids


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. Prices are listed as: non-member price/family-level member price.


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Garden Buds, ages 2 - 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. 


Spring and Fall Options:
Six-class series: $110/$99
   Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:00
   Saturdays, 9:30 to 10:30 OR 11:00 to 12:00
   Sundays, 10:00 to 11:00


Garden Buds Frequently Asked Questions


Children's Garden, ages 4 - 10 

*Children must be 4 years old by 1/1/2017 for spring and summer programs*

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 environment- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express theur 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. Summer after-care available from 3:00 to 5:30, Monday through Thursday.


10-class series: $200/$180
Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00

Summer Options:

*Sign up by before March 1st to get an early bird discounts for summer Children’s Garden programs. Use code ‘EARLYBIRD’ at checkout to receive 5% off*


Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm

Sessions I, II, & III (2 weeks each): $500/450, per session

Session IV (1 week): $250/225


Session I, 7/10-7/20: Buds and Bees 

Session II, 7/24-8/3: The Kitchen and Beyond: All about Plants and Their Uses 

Session III, 8/7-8/17: Urban Critters 

Session IV, 8/21-8/24: Art in the Garden 


Queens Culture Fridays (Summer):

              Make it a full week and see what Queens has to offer as we explore various cultural institutions within Flushing Meadows Park.  Young explorers will take trips to Queens Zoo, New York Hall of Science, and Queens Museum for guided workshops and discovery.  Afternoons will be spent exploring and playing in the park. We will meet on location. Offered Fridays for Sessions I, II, and III only. No after-care available on these days.$150 per session

              Stay Tuned: More information about specific trip locations for each session will be posted by February 1st*. 


5 classes: $20/18 per class or $92.50/83.25 series

Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00


Children's Garden Frequently Asked Questions


Junior Naturalists, ages 11 - 14

Give your middle schooler the summer of a lifetime! Instructors challenge your naturalists to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants, sustainability, and local ecosystems are part of their everyday life. Using critical thinking and team collaboration, budding ecologists will learn to hunt edible wild weeds, identify local birds and mammals, trap insects and freshwater macroinvertebrates, and so much more! The session concludes with our annual overnight campout at QBG!


Summer Session Only:

Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00—3:00

6 weeks, July 10—August 16: $550/495


Junior Naturalists Frequently Asked Questions

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