Farm School

“Zenger Farm means an opportunity for students to connect with science and learning on a whole new level.  Many students have never been on a farm and are surprised by the connections to the farm that they already have.  I love seeing my students engage in science education.”

-Kayla Wallace, Ventura Park teacher participating in Farm School since 2013

In Farm School, students connect to their food, the environment, and each other in a meaningful way through NGSS aligned science programming. We want to support the hard work that teachers do and provide a resource for the students and school communities that surround Zenger Farm with programs that reinforce and enhance in-classroom teaching.

Interested in finding out how to get your students involved in Farm School?  Please fill out this inquiry form!


  • Farm School links students with a natural area in their community through a series of seasonal field trips to the farm (usually 3 visits!).  Farm School students learn outside, work together and are encouraged to be curious and confident.
  • Farm School is aligned with the 5th grade Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and is designed to help students see how their actions can affect the environment in positive ways.  We are now able to offer Farm School to other grade levels.
  • Farm School engages EVERY 5th grader in the David Douglas School District and several other schools and grade levels in Southeast Portland. Zenger Farm is excited to continue to expand the Farm School program hopefully to your school.


  • Farm School participants visit the Farm in the fall, winter, and spring.
  • The 5th grade Farm School program totals 12 hours of on-site instruction over three, 4-hour, field trips.
  • We encourage lower elementary grades to schedule 2-hour or 3-hour field trips.

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We look forward to learning with your students throughout the school year!

Please fill out this inquiry form for more program details.

Farm School is made possible with generous support from:

Ecoworks, Whole Foods, Organic Valley, and the Oregon Department of Education