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Farm & Garden Tours

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

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

Tilth Alliance's farm tours 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!

Students support community food systems on our farm tours by learning how to grow, harvest and cook food from scratch. Relationships are strengthened when meals and knowledge 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.

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

What Students Will Learn

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. Tours for pre-K children are age appropriate and rich with sensory exploration and movement.

Elementary school groups engage in hands-on science learning while visiting multiple learning stations around the farm and wetlands. 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.

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.

Locations

  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle 98118) — Check out our new learning farm where community members of all ages learn to grow and prepare food using practices that are healthy for the environment and help restore the wetlands habitat.
  • Children's Garden at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle 98103) — Due to limited staff capacity, we will not be offering tours at the Children's Garden this spring. Come check out our new learning farm in Rainier Beach!

Schedule a Tour

Please inquire in February 2018 to request a farm tour at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in spring 2018. Thank you!

Dates and Times

Tours are scheduled from March-June and September-November. Check back in February 2018 for availability.

Cost

View our cancellation and liability policy. 

 Pre K-5th Grade Prices (1-1.5 hour tours):

  • 1-15 students - $125
  • 16-30 students - $250
  • 31-45 students - $375
  • 46-60 students - $420

6th-12th Grade Prices (2 hour tours):

  • 1-15 students - $150
  • 16-30 students - $275
  • 31-45 students - $400
  • 46-60 students - $500

Student-Adult Ratios

  • Preschool and kindergarten: provide one adult chaperone for every four students.
  • 1st-5th grade: provide one adult chaperone for every six students. 
  • 6th-12th grade: provide one adult chaperone for every ten students.

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn teaching and gardening skills in our garden and farm education programs! Find out more.

Questions? 

Contact us: register@tilthalliance.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 119. Please mail all registration forms to Tilth Alliance, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

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