Plan a field trip for your school, daycare, or activity group for fun, hands-on learning on the garden or farm!

Tilth Alliance’s field trips use age-specific curriculum, connect to classroom learning and invite students to use all of their senses while exploring the relationship between healthy soil, plants, animals, people, and communities.

Visit once or plan a series of visits to build upon gardening, farming, and environmental concepts throughout the year! Indicate on your registration form if there are specific learning units you are studying and we will work to create those connections.

Field Trips

Students support community food systems at the garden or farm by learning how to grow, harvest and cook food from scratch. Relationships are strengthened when meals and knowledge, actions, and food are shared together. Students will benefit from directly participating in seasonal activities related to food production and land restoration through making compost; studying soil life; planting, tending and harvesting crops; seed saving; and food preparation.

  • Pre-K children taste veggies, herbs, and flowers; touch the soft and the prickly; forage in the soil to discover the compost critters that help make our food; and find the unexpected delights of farming. Field trips for pre-K children are  rich with sensory exploration and movement, perfect for ages 2-5 years olds’ curious minds. Field trips are offered at our Children’s Garden (Wallingford) and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (South Seattle).
  • Elementary school groups engage in hands-on science learning while visiting multiple learning stations around the garden or farm. Kids dig in the compost, care for the soil, plant, harvest and taste plants, collect seeds, and other seasonal activities. Experiential lessons encourage environmental stewardship. Field trips are offered at our Children’s Garden (Wallingford) and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (South Seattle).
  • Middle & high school groups delve deeper into field-based science explorations and spend time learning about sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship and the watershed. Youth practice hands-on farming and restoration activities at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Tour options include topics such as food systems and soil and water quality field studies.

Service Learning

Every year we offer a limited amount of service learning opportunities, where students ages 8-18 will work on a project or ongoing farm or garden need while learning important information about growing food, supporting wetlands, or strengthening local ecosystems. Service learning sessions will be determined by Tilth Alliance staff based the needs of the garden or farm. Sessions can be 60-120 minutes long.   

When funding is available, service learning is offered free of charge.  We request that students and adults come prepared to engage meaningfully in the work and ready to learn!

All service learning opportunities have been filled for Spring 2022.