Each Spring, school children visit the Student Farm through the Kids in the Garden field trip program. Here they experience garden and farm ecology through harvesting crops, tasting fresh produce, feeding chickens, examining compost, and exploring our garden and farm ecosystem. Activities are hands-on experiential led by trained UC Davis students.
Tours for Junior High and High School
We provide a limited number of field trips throughout the year for junior high and high school ages. These generally focus on food systems concepts, farm ecology, and related topics in agriculture. These are arranged and led by UC Davis students, graduate students, or staff. We take requests for these field trips on an ongoing basis and fill them as possible dependent upon timing and availability. For more information or to request a tour, contact Carol Hillhouse.
The School Gardening Program provides hands-on training and resources for establishing successful school gardens, using garden environments for effective teaching, enhancing the connections between gardens and good nutrition, and reinforcing the role of agriculture in our food system.
We offer workshops for both professional and nonprofessional educators, including parent volunteers, administrators, Cooperative Extension personnel and others. Workshops are hands-on, interactive, and facilitated to encourage troubleshooting and sharing. Participants are encouraged to come with a team or at least a partner from their school site.
Stay tuned for future workshop opportunities.
Over the years, we have developed a variety of resources, educational training materials and activities for school gardens. In addition, we maintain a library of garden-based education and teaching materials, children’s literature, and gardening information. The library, located at the Student Farm, is available to UC Davis students and the public.
UC Davis students can earn credit as Kids in the Garden Tour Leaders through an internship program that is both fun and educational.