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Young Learner Programs

Berkshire Botanical Garden provides rich, new educational experiences for young learners through the Garden Sprouts program for toddlers, and the Roots, Boots and Shoots program designed for homeschoolers.

Garden Sprouts — Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Toddler Program

For children ages 3 - 5
Offered the last Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (No program offered in July.)

Garden Sprouts will help care for the garden and learn about the natural world through hands-on exploration. Flowers, planting, insects, and harvesting are just a few of the themes they will investigate. Sessions include activities such as crafts, stories, scavenger hunts, and nature walks designed to introduce young children to the wonders of nature in a fun and welcoming environment. 

Garden Sprouts is for children ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver. This program is free for members. Registration is required. The program will take place outdoors as often as possible, but all or a portion of the program may be moved indoors if necessary.

For further questions please contact Rachel Durgin, or by phone at 413 298-4505.

Cost: Free with Garden Admission 

Roots, Shoots and Boots — Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Homeschool Program 

For children ages 6 - 12

Offered September 10- November 15. Please contact for more information or call 413-298-4505. 

BBG is excited to offer hands-on learning opportunities for homeschool pods and families. Each family or pod is invited to choose from a variety of lessons that focus on inquiry-based instruction and scientific discovery within the Garden. Lessons align with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, with COVID safety protocols in place to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment. We are happy to work with you to offer individualized lessons on specific areas of interest, or you can trust our experienced youth educators to do the planning for you! Let the Garden be your classroom this spring!

Download our Parent Information Packet for more information on these programs!

Program fees include Garden admission.

COVID-19 Safety Standards:

BBG is carefully following all guidelines and recommendations provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC.

If anyone in your pod is showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone showing symptoms, we ask that you call the Education Coordinator to evaluate your options before arriving at the Garden. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Cough, difficulty breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Skin Rash
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea 
  • Fever
  • Muscle and/or body aches 
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Loss of taste and/or smell





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