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Field Trips, Service Learning and Volunteering

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands is an amazing place to learn in wetland forests, farm fields and the kitchen. Bring your class for a field trip, service learning visit or volunteer day and leave inspired.

Schedule a Field Trip or Service Learning Visit

Farm Field Trips

We are not currently offering farm tours or group service learning visits for Fall 2019.

Plan a field trip for your school, daycare or activity group for fun, hands-on learning at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands! Tilth Alliance's farm 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.

Students engage with community food systems on our field trips 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 such as making compost, studying soil life, planting seeds, tending and harvesting crops, seed saving, and making snacks.

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 build connections to classroom learning.

What Students Will Learn

Schedule a visit!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 age appropriate and rich with sensory exploration and movement. 
(1 hour)

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. (1.5-2 hours)

Middle and high school groups delve deeper into environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture concepts while visiting multiple learning stations around the farm and wetlands. Youth tour the farm to learn about its history and mission, practice hands-on farming and restoration activities, and taste food grown on the farm. (2 hours)

Service Learning Visits

Service learning visits combine educational experience with community service to provide opportunities for middle and high school groups to meaningfully support community food systems. These opportunities are great for groups interested in developing practical skills, using real tools, working in teams, and getting more involved at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. During the visit, we will tour the land, then work in teams to accomplish important urban farming and wetland restoration work. Visits provide an introduction to how food travels from fields to consumers and an understanding of how their work for the day (or series) supports a more just and abundant food system.

Middle and high school groups will spend 2-3 hours between a tour of the farm, hands on work (such as farm row building, planting, weeding, mulching, and composting) and large group discussions.

Visit once or plan a series of visits to engage in ongoing project based learning! We are happy to explore different discussion topics such as food justice, food culture and climate change — just ask!

Youth Volunteer Days

Are you a young person interested in earning service learning credits or part of a club/small group interested in volunteering on the farm? Check out our volunteer opportunities at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. Volunteer days are always free!

Cost

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Farm Field Trips
Pre K-5th Grade Prices (1-2 hour field trip):

1-15 students — $125
  • 16-30 students — $250
  • 31-45 students — $375
  • 46-60 students — $420
6th-12th Grade Prices (2 hour field trip):
  • 1-15 students — $150
  • 16-30 students — $275
  • 31-45 students — $400
  • 46-60 students — $500
Service Learning Visits
6th-12th Grade Prices (2-3 hour visit):
  • 1-15 students — $150
  • 16-30 students — $275
  • 31-45 students — $400
  • 46-60 students — $500

Schedule a Visit

We are not currently offering farm tours or group service learning visits for Fall 2019. Please check back in January or complete our contact request form to receive announcements about our availability in 2020.

Location

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle 98118) — Check out the 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.

Scholarships Available

Tilth Alliance strives to educate everyone, regardless of their financial means. We are able to offer a limited number of reduced priced field trips to Title I schools and those with financial need. Scholarship requests for field trips and service learning visits can be made on the registration form.

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

Questions?

Contact us: register@tilthalliance.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 119. Please mail all registration forms to Tilth Alliance, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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