New York Botanical Garden


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Fundamentals of Gardening I

Explore the basic principles underlying good gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the environments in which they grow. You learn not only what to do, but why! Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, shading, ventilation, and disease and pest control.

Customized Professional Development Workshops

These half or full day programs are available for prearranged groups of educators (minimum 12 participants. Choose from the topics listed in the catalog or suggest your own and the staff at the gardens will work with you to customize a program suited to the needs of the group.

Seasonal Institutes

Seasonal Institutes provide a five-day immersion in plants, nature, and science led by the Botanical Garden’s educators. Teachers discover how to make the Garden an extension of their classroom while enriching the curriculum with resources and more. Lesson plans, activities, and reproducible curriculum materials are provided for use back at school.

Courses for Spring/Summer 2015

School Gardening 301—Maintaining and Sustaining

Dates: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2 (Sundays)
Maintain and sustain your school garden as a meaningful element of a school campus. This course will examine best practices for integrating the garden space into your school community and your school curriculum.

School Gardening 101—Creating a Garden (Section I)

Dates: February 16–21 (Monday–Saturday)
Designed to provide teachers with all of the tools and skills for advocating, planning, preparing, and building a school garden. This Institute is a necessity to create or revive a garden at your school.

School Gardening 101—Creating a Garden (Section II)

Dates: April 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 30 (Saturdays)

Geology Rocks! Earth Science and Evolution

Dates: April 6–11 (Monday–Saturday)
Learn about the importance of the living and non-living aspects of ecosystems in the science curriculum and make cross-curriculum connections to math and literacy.

Seedlings Program for Teachers of Grades K–2

Dates: July 6–11 (Monday–Saturday)
Strengthen your science instruction using plant and ecology concepts and inquiry-based activities to support cross-curricular connections to math and literacy.

Plant, Learn, & Grow: School Gardening 201—Curriculum Connections

Dates: July 13–18 (Monday–Saturday)
Learn how to take a school garden and connect planting and maintenance to the learning process. This Institute is crucial for connecting a garden to an integrated curriculum.

Botany in the Garden

Dates: July 20–25 (Monday–Saturday)
Learn how plants have factored into culture, science, and technology through activities, lessons, and an exploration of the Garden grounds.

The Art of Science

Dates: July 27–August 1 (Monday–Saturday)
Discover the wonder of the outdoors through both art and science. Hone observational skills, ask questions, and explore how the physical beauty of nature provides an inquiry-based framework for learning.