The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located on 52 acres about 1.5 miles from our school, provides an excellent nearby resource for the study of plant life.
The Discovery Garden invites children to touch and smell a wide variety of plants while experiencing habitats such as a woodland, meadow, farm, and wetland. At the Nature Center, students get to dig for worms and investigate the natural world.
Multiple habitats are housed in the Conservatory. Students can travel through a rainforest, temperate zone and desert all in a few, short steps.
The Garden provides the opportunity for students to learn how scientists observe the world around them, using their senses of smell, sight, touch and hearing to discover plants, trees, and habitat for wildlife. They also explore the world of flowers, where they learn to appreciate their beauty as well as their part in keeping the planet green.
In addition to exploring the Garden with their senses, our students often also bring along their science journals to record their observations, draw what they see, and compare textures, shapes and sizes of the diverse plant life.
Parent volunteers play an important role at LGCS.
The main vehicle for volunteering is the LGCS Parent Association, which organizes the school's book fair, and events for students. Each classroom has at least one class parent who helps arrange for parents to volunteer in the classroom, reading to students, or assisting teachers and aides. Parents with a particular expertise can talk with students about their specialties. They can also serve as chaperones on the weekly field-study trips to educational sites in Brooklyn.