We are a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.
Field Trip registration is open for Summer 2014 and for the 2014-2015 school year!
During the Summer, field trips can be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During the Fall and Spring we offer field trips Monday through Friday. Cost for school groups is $5.00 per participant for a farm visit up to 2 hours, including a tour and/or service learning. If your group would like to stay longer, each additional hour costs $2/participant. Financial assistance is available for school groups.
In addition to the field trips listed below, Zenger Farm offers field trips for non-school/professional groups. Please contact Youth Education Manager Allison O'Sullivan to schedule your farm visit.
This is a great introductory trip to Zenger Farm. It is a hands-on tour of the farm and wetland that connects people to food, environmentally friendly farming practices, and the wild and domesticated animals that call Zenger Farm home.
The Farm Tour includes visits to our flock of 30 laying hens, the 5 honey bee hives, the 10 acre wetland and the sustainable farm fields.
Other stations that Farm Tours often visit are the compost bins, the red wiggler worm bin, the orchard, the bioswales, children's gardens, and June through November the turkeys.
Please let us know if there is a specific topic that you would like us to focus on. For example; some groups like to focus on sustainability, life cycles, seasonality, local foods, or organic foods.
This hands-on discovery program investigates photosynthesis, how plants are grouped together by scientists, plant parts and their functions, what plants need to grow and thrive, and how humans use plants everyday. There are three (or four) stations during the People Need Plants program.
Flowers and Fruits – students learn about flower reproduction through examining what flowers are blooming at the time of their visit.
Leaves and Stems – students taste leaves and stems, learn about photosynthesis, xylem and phloem.
Roots – students learn about nutrient and water uptake, and nitrogen fixation.
Non-flowering plants – optional station, students head to the cedar tree and investigate plants that do not make a flower.
An inquiry based program that explores the functions and values of a wetland ecosystem, and takes a closer look at aquatic insects, animal habitat, and water quality. Students use nets and magnifying glasses to gently sample and learn about the macroinvertebrates that live in the pond and stream, older students test the quality.
Program activities focus on the insects and bugs that live in the crops and wetland of Zenger Farm. Students explore which bugs are friends to farmers and which are foe.
Participants dig in and get dirty working on whatever seasonal farm projects need to get done.
For more information about visiting the farm or to schedule a field trip for your group, contact Youth Education Manager Allison O'Sullivan or 503-282-4245.
Interested in volunteering with our Field Trip Program? Check out our volunteer page: Get Dirty