BBG is a great place for families to explore the wonders of the natural world through workshops, demonstrations and hands-on experiences related to science, art, and animals. Our popular summer Family Friday series explores the natural history of animals and the contributions they make to a healthy ecosystem. All programs are free with Garden admission.
Farm and Garden Program
The Farm and Garden Program develops long-term partnerships with local schools, either during or after-school. Students participating in these programs learn plant and ecosystem science through hands-on activities focused on the food system and its effect on our environment, our health, and our communities. Experiential and service learning models are emphasized as students design and implement projects using both horticultural and entrepreneurial skills.
Our popular summer day camp for children ages 5-14 is designed to nurture the seeds of earth stewardship by connecting children to our food system, environment, and to one another. Farm in the Garden Camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play while caring for the plants and animals that sustain us and making good use of the harvest. Farm Campers will make cheese, collect eggs, bake quiches from scratch, press fresh cider, shear sheep, and care for goats and other livestock among many other hands-on, exciting farm and garden activities.
Berkshire Botanical Garden joined forces in 2017 with Alchemy Initiative to create Roots Rising, an agriculture-based youth development program to build community and empower young people. Teens are paid to work on farms, in community gardens, farmers’ markets, and in local food pantries while participating in educational workshops on essential life skills. This provides an opportunity for teens to engage in meaningful work that contributes to a larger social good. This essential work is transformational, leaving youths feeling purposeful, capable, and connected.
Berkshire Botanical Garden offers age and grade-appropriate programming for schools, homeschoolers, youth organizations, preschoolers, and daycare centers. BBG programs cultivate scientific discovery through inquiry-based instruction and memorable hands-on activities that allow students to draw upon prior knowledge and extend learning into new areas.