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 2015, May 24th to September 28th. 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 Spring 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.

2016 brings with it some changes to our programming such as two time slots (10am and 11am) and a menu of lesson topics for teachers to choose from. We are also now offering a limited number of trips to private schools.

Availability

Field trips are available for NYC students (grades preK-12) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays April 19-June 23. For the 10am slot, class size may not exceed 34 students. For the 11am slot, class size may not exceed 60 students. There is a 20 student minimum for all classes. Exceptions apply to special education classrooms.

Transportation

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.

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

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