Come Visit the Farm!
*We are still scheduling field trips for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note: We have very limited availability for morning trips in April and May at this time. We have greater availability for groups that can come for an afternoon trip (12:00 start time).
Interested in scheduling more than 1 visit with your group? Check out our Farm School program
When: Field trips are offered Monday through Friday year-round, with limited trips June-August.
Group size: Our Farm Tour program can accommodate the largest group size – up to 90 participants (depending on time of year and schedule availability). Our Nutrition Field Trip has a maximum group size of 30 participants.
Cost for school groups is a sliding scale payment of $5.00-$10.00 per participant for a farm visit up to 2 hours, including a tour and/or service learning. Financial assistance is available and no group is turned away for lack of funds. Payment of $6.00 or more per participant contributes to our field trip scholarship fund that provides financial assistance to classes from under resourced schools to visit the farm. If your group would like to stay longer than 2 hours, each additional hour costs $2 per participant. Our 3 hour Nutrition field trip is $8 per participant.
In addition to the field trips listed below, Zenger Farm offers field trips for non-school/ professional groups. Cost for non-school/professional groups is $10.00 per participant for a farm visit up to 2 hours. Any additional hour is $5.00 per participant.
Farm Tour- Preschool through Adult
A Farm Tour 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 an exploration of our working urban farm fields, greenhouses, red wiggler worms, flock of laying hens, honey bee hives, Children’s Gardens, orchard, bioswales, and 10 acre wetland.
Please let us know if there is a specific topic that you would like to focus on during your trip. Some groups like to focus on sustainability, life cycles, seasonality, or pollinators.
People Need Plants- Preschool & Elementary
This hands-on discovery program investigates plant parts and their functions, what plants need to grow and thrive, how photosynthesis works, and how humans use plants everyday.
Roots – students learn about nutrients, water uptake, and nitrogen fixation.
Stems and Leaves – students taste leaves and stems, learn about photosynthesis, xylem and phloem.
Flowers, Fruits and Seeds – students learn about flower reproduction through examining what flowers are blooming at the time of their visit.
Critters in the Crops- Preschool & Elementary
Critters in the Crops 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.
Wetland Ecology- Elementary
An inquiry based program that explores the functions and values of a wetland ecosystem, and takes a closer look at aquatic insects, animal habitats, and water quality. Students use nets and magnifying glasses to gently sample and learn about the macro invertebrates that live in the pond and stream. Older students test the water quality.
Nutrition – 2nd-5th grade, december-february
Students rotate through field, classroom, and cooking stations to harvest and prepare a fresh meal, discover how eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies can help our bodies, and practice creating nutrient-rich balanced snacks and meals.
Service learning – preschool through adult
Participants dig in and get dirty working on whatever seasonal farm projects need to get done in the Children’s Gardens and fields.
For more information about visiting the farm or to schedule a field trip for your group, contact Lead Educator D-Rod or call 503-282-4245, x0.
Interested in volunteering with our environmental education programs? Check out our Open Positions.