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 School Programs
Berkshire Botanical Garden brings hands-on programming to schools and community sites, both during and after school. We offer year-round, site-based cirricula and instruction for elementary through middle school students. Working in tandem with our educators, students engage in challenging and meaningful work both in the classrooms and in their school gardens, with each program uniquely catered to the needs of the school community. 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.Through innovative lessons, students explore a range of topics including Next Generation Science Standards, food systems, leadership and social-emotional learning, with programs running from five weeks to 12 months. For more information about how to bring BBG's programming to
your school or site please contact: Education Coordinator, Bridgette Stone.
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 engage in purposeful 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 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.