Brooklyn Urban Gardener Certificate Program

BBG’s Real-Life Training Program for Community Volunteers

Learn + Grow + Connect + Serve

Brooklyn Urban Gardener

The Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) certificate program is an annual ten-session course that covers the basics in urban gardening and community greening. It connects the educational resources of Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the greening efforts of Brooklyn’s communities.

Upon completing all coursework and required volunteer hours, graduates are certified as Brooklyn Botanic Garden BUG volunteers. Certified BUGs then continue to support greening projects at schools, senior centers, block associations, community gardens, and other organizations.

BUG students can expect an experiential, train–the–trainer program. Using a hands–on, participatory education model, the course includes instruction in sustainable horticultural practices suited to the urban environment, street tree stewardship, community engagement practices, effective teaching methods, and an overview of the greening resources available in Brooklyn. The training is free.

Applications for BUG will reopen in March 2020.

This year, we're focusing on celebrating the impact that BUGs have on the borough. If you’ve had experience working with a certified BBG BUG volunteer, or have a project that could use some BUG support, we’d love to hear from you! Email [email protected] or call 718-623-7250.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratefully acknowledges support for this program from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, and the NYC Council.

Major Sponsor, Community Greening Programs
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