Governors Island Teaching Garden

GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000 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 on weekends during the larger Governors Island open season. GrowNYC's weekend public programming includes tours, garden and nutrition related workshops, and more. NOTE: Governors Island closed to the public for the 2016 season on September 25.

Governors Island Teaching Garden features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, a 1/2 acre small-scale farm, 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

Scheduling is now open for the Fall 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. 


Fall field trips are available for NYC students (grades K-12) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September 13th-November 10th. We offer tours that start at 10am and 11am. 10am groups may not exceed 34 children and 11am groups may not exceed 50 children. There is a 25 child minimum for all classes. Exceptions apply to special education groups.  We prioritize Title I schools and programs from DPHO neighborhoods (South Bronx, Central and East Harlem, North and Central Brooklyn) and there is no fee for these schools. We only request a $50 donation to cover the costs of our programming. For all other public and charter schools and nonprofit organizations there is a $50 fee per class. For private and parochial schools there is a $150 fee. No school will be turned away for inability to pay.


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.


Field trips for the fall 2016 season are fully booked. Spring field trip requests will open in early March 2017. 

Please read the Governors Island Teaching Garden Policies and our FAQ page before submitting a field trip request. 


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

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan visits GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse to discuss the evolution of food law and policy. 

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