Governors Island Teaching Garden

GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden is an 8,000 square foot urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate its visitors in all aspects of urban farming.

GrowNYC offers field trips at the Teaching Garden to NYC students and summer camp participants, giving kids the opportunity to plant, water, harvest, and cook the garden's wide array of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Info on registering for field trips is below.

In addition to scheduled school visits, the garden is open to the public during the larger Governors Island open season - in 2016, May 28th to September 25th. GrowNYC's weekend public programming includes tours, pick-your-own activities, garden and nutrition related workshops, and more.

Governors Island Teaching Garden features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, an outdoor kitchen, a large solar oven, a high tunnel greenhouse, fruit trees, a gourd tunnel, several rainwater harvesting systems, a rain garden, and much much more.  Come and see us!

Schedule a Field Trip

GrowNYC is excited to announce that scheduling is now open for the Summer 2016 season at Governors Island Teaching Garden! Students will have the opportunity to dig in and discover where their food comes from by participating in a variety of gardening and cooking activities.


Field trips are available for NYC students (grades preK-12) and summer camp groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 28th to September 1st. We offer tours starting at 10am and 11am.  10am groups may not exceed 34 children and 11am grous may not exceed 60 children. There is a 20 child minimum for all classes. Exceptions apply to special education groups.


Travel to Governors Island Teaching Garden requires a ferry ride that departs once every hour on the hour from 10 South Street in Manhattan. One of our main goals for this season is to ensure classes are able to receive the benefits of a full Teaching Garden program. This means being selective about scheduling classes based on perceived ability to make the ferry on time. Being able to take public transit is preferred. If you require the use of a DOE bus, your school cannot be more than a 25 minute drive away.

If you are interested in scheduling a field trip, please fill out the field trip request form.

If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming field trip, workshop, or volunteer opportunities, please fill out the Governors Island Teaching Garden Survey.

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