Education

ICG’s educational offerings invite individuals and groups of all ages and interests to investigate, explore, and discover the wonderful natural world, all year round. Here's a peak at what's available:

Summer Sprouts: a drop in program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers that features a themed nature-based story time followed natural world explorations and hands-on gardening.

Zone into Nature: a drop in program for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers that features community guests and ICG educators leading environmental education activities followed by nature play in the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone.

Winter Sprouts: a wintery version of our Summer Sprouts program. Children ages 2-5 gather with their caregivers to hear stories of nature in the winter followed by hands-on experiments and indoor activities.

Nature’s Gifts for the Solstice: a holiday gift-making program for children ages 5-16 which allows parents to drop off their children for an afternoon of nature-inspired gift making. At the end of the program children have made and wrapped 10 unique nature-based or inspired gifts for family and friends. Read more about Nature's Gifts.

Festival of Fire & Ice: An annual celebration of winter outdoor play, the festival provides time and space for us to get outside when most people want to hunker down indoors. Ice sculptures, sledding, hot chocolate, snow fort and den building, bonfires, create the backdrop for this event.

International Mud Day: Started in 2008 in Nepal and Australia, International Mud Day is celebrated by thousands of children in dozens of countries worldwide as a chance to celebrate nature and the great outdoors by overcoming fear of getting dirty. ICG hosts it’s own Mud Day celebration each June to celebrate the joy of the great outdoors. Read more about International Mud Day.

Scarecrow Jubilee: a community celebration of scarecrows and everything autumn. Featuring music and hands-on activities highlighting the harvest season and the cultural history of scarecrows, families are provided all the materials to make their own scarecrows

Field Trips: ICG offers a menu of field trips for school classes, scouts, homeschooling groups, and professional development. Learn more about our ICG field trips.

Salad Farmers: implemented both as a 6-8 week afterschool program and 5-month in school classroom program, Salad Farmers youth grow salad gardens, with emphasis on decision-making and a multidisciplinary approach, including nutrition, physical activity, math, and language arts. Read more about Salad Farmers.

Playful Nature Explorers: is an early childhood education program dedicated to sensory and experiential curriculum that allows young children to investigate their relation to the natural environment through immersion. Learn more about Playful Nature Explorers

Summer Camp: Full day for youth ages 6-12 and Half Day for ages 3-5, 10 and 8 weeks respectively, that explore different facets of human interaction with the environment and inspire care of the natural world. Each camp has a distinct theme and associated curriculum (e.g. Habitat Mania, Amazing Animals, Flower Power) that incorporate hands-on nature exploration and play to achieve defined outcomes. Learn more about Summer Camp.

Teen Urban Farmers (TUF): is a collaboration with Youth Employment Services and Workforce New York that matches “at-risk” youth with summer employment at ICG. TUF facilitates development of life and job skills for teens such as conservation, horticulture, and collections management. Learn more about TUF

Afterschool Enrichment: Education staff visit local elementary schools weekly to conduct environmental education activities. Activities include identification of plant species, role in the ecosystem, human use, and vital species interactions including pollination, prey/predator relationships, life cycles and plant behavior and defenses.