Spring has come at last and with it comes all the blooms of trees and flowers. This time of year is an excellent opportunity to teach youngsters about the cycle of life and earth science and one of the best ways to get in touch with nature is by spending time in a garden.
For people who live in or near New York City, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden has excellent spring and summer programs that help children learn about and appreciate plants. The garden is a wonderful place for those who love plants to walk around any time of year (especially now when the cherry blossom festival is currently underway) but it takes on a special meaning when children are able to plant their own flowers and fruits and vegetables and watch them grow. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has a special area for children to plant seeds and via numerous workshops and programs they can do this alongside their families or other children.
There are many programs available for youngsters at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. For example, from April 13th to June 2nd the garden will be conducting “Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops.” The free workshops are open 11am-1pm on Saturdays and 1pm-3pm on Sundays. According to the official website:
“Drop in for these free family nature workshops and watch the Garden come to life! Children learn about garden plants and animals and explore the springtime world through Discovery stations, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and plantings to take home!”
Other programs require preregistration such as the “Wild Side Discovery Walk About for Tweens.” Open to children aged 9-12 the “Wild Side Discovery Walk About for Tweens” is scheduled for Wednesday June 26th and July 17th at 5pm and Saturday July 13th and July 20th at 11am. According to the official website:
“Leave the grown-ups behind and go on a plant adventure through the Native Flora Garden and its brand-new bog and meadow. Uncover the creepy, carnivorous plants that inhabit our native bogs, and then venture into the forest to discover the amazing smells and secrets of the plants that Native Americans and pioneers depended on to survive.”
There are also many summer workshops and programs available for youngsters; some are drop-in while others require preregistration and there are even opportunities to experience the garden with camp and school groups. Some of the Children’s Classes cater to children as young as 2 and all gardening activities are conducted under the watch of experienced staff members (parents are also welcome to stay at all times).
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a gem of New York City and anyone who lives near to it should certainly make an effort to visit. For people with young children—especially homeschooling families—the garden is a treasure trove of information and learning opportunities alongside the chance to have fun and make lasting memories.
For more information visit the official Brooklyn Botanical Garden website: http://www.bbg.org/discover/gardens/discovery_garden