Our Work

Youth & Families

Kids dig our summer farm and garden camps, after school programs, field trips and service learning days.

About Our Programs

Tilth Alliance’s programs for youth and families provide opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to connect with their community and the natural world through meaningful experiences in gardens, farms, and kitchens. Our educators design fun, immersive, and equitable lessons that draw from young peoples’ existing knowledge to help make connections between the garden and farm, their families and communities, and the world at large. 

For over 30 years, our learning gardens and farm have brought countless youth and families together to grow, prepare and eat food. With the guidance of our educators, your child will use all of their senses to experience the seasons, tend and harvest crops, taste and learn from plants, cook up delicious dishes, meet worms and pollinators, collect seeds, build compost piles, do field-based science, make art, and learn how their actions can support  a more sustainable world. 

Our lessons are informed by Learning in Places which is founded on equitable, field-based experiences for children and their families. We center young peoples’ identities, wonderings, and nature-culture relationships through field-based science lessons. Our programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, and actively seek to incorporate family and community expertise as we learn together in our gardens, farms, and wetlands.

Note: Our youth programs are being held in-person with increased health and safety precautions, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Please review our COVID-19 Policies & Plans.

Camps & After-School Programs

Tilth Alliance offers a variety of farm and garden programs throughout the year, including summer camps, after-school programs, weekend and vacation camps, and more. Programs are offered at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in SE Seattle.

Go Green! Garden Club

Tilth Alliance’s Go Green! Garden Club is a youth-centered space especially curated for high school students who are interested in food and environmental justice, restoring our waters, connecting to the land, and exploring ways of building a relationship with plants as food, medicine, art, and more.

Field Trips & Service Learning

Our gardens and farm are amazing places to learn in wetlands, under the kiwi vines, farm fields, garden plots and kitchen. Bring your class for a field trip or service learning visit and leave inspired. Each program is thoughtfully designed to promote environmental stewardship and encourage food systems learning. Experiences available for pre-school through high school.

Garden Educator Workshops

Our Garden Educator Workshops are designed for classroom teachers, parents and family members, community members, informal educators, and anyone interested in using the garden as a learning environment. Everyone is encouraged to engage in these lively discussions and sessions!

Educator assembling a pea tee-pee
Learning in Places - Scale

Learning in Places

Learning in Places is a collaborative network of educators, families, and community partners working to cultivate equitable, culturally thriving, socio-ecological systems learning and ethical decision-making using field-based science education in outdoor places for children and their families.

School Garden Resources

Our staff are leaders in farm and garden education networks providing resources, connections, professional development, and learning opportunities.  Our aim in each of these efforts is to encourage the growth of sustainable, equitable, and vibrant school garden programs.