Farm Field Trip Program


Two Education Program participants washing fresh salad greensOur program is designed to help connect students to their local food system. Groups will take an inquiry-based tour of the farm and participate in observations of the plants, animals, and earth at our productive 3 acre farm in West Olympia. Youth are encouraged to use all five of their senses to make observations about how we grow the food that sustains us. Choose from one of our options below or work with our Farm Manager to put together a trip that complements your classroom curriculum or best meets the needs of your group. Service-learning groups are also welcome.


Our curriculum was developed by farm educators with backgrounds in traditional and outdoor education and our established program works in conjunction with WA State standards. The activities and lessons work with core concepts primarily in the areas of Health, Social Studies, and Science.


Our experienced staff provide a structured, yet unique, hands-on learning experience for participants of all ages. They are supported by trained students in our GRuB School high school program as well as volunteers and farm education interns from area colleges.


Field trips options are available year-round, with limited trips July-August, Content and activities may be adapted, depending on the season and weather.   Spring time field trips will be offered primarily on Thursdays and Fridays, led by our high school youth. Please email with questions about large groups or scheduling.


Cost:  Sliding scale of  $5-10 per participant for a farm field trip up to 2 hours. Financial assistance is available and no group is turned away for lack of funds.

Option 1 – Tour & Taste: Start with an engaging and educational farm tour with opportunities for students to ask questions and share what they already know about farming and gardening. Students get to touch, taste, and smell different plants and learn about where their food comes from.

Option 2 – Get GRuBby: Start with a tour and then jump into farm chores such as gathering eggs, transplanting broccoli into the field, harvesting greens for the Thurston County Food Bank, washing harvested produce, weeding, or building compost. All farm work will be age appropriate (especially if using tools).

Option 3 – Know Your GRuB: Start with a tour and then participate in small-group mini-workshops around the farm. Students will learn about different aspects of gardening and horticulture such as plant physiology, soil physiology, compost-building, and medicinal uses of common herbs.

Option 4 – Dig Deeper: Partner with GRuB for a recurring field trip series in which you bring a class out weekly or bi-weekly over the course of the spring or fall. Students will learn more in-depth concepts about farming and participate in group team-building exercises.



Fees are requested to offset the costs of the program, however, no student or class will be turned away for lack of funding. Let us know if you have financial circumstances that would require a modified fee. Please know that we are a non-profit organization and we do rely on fees and donations to run our programs.


Contact our Farm Manager, Heather Rudich to schedule a visit and identify learning goals for your farm experience at or (360) 753-5522.

Three Education Program participants planting peppersFEEDBACK:

The farm visit inspires students to learn something new about themselves and the world around them, as evidenced by teacher and student feedback:




“Letting the kids plant and work in the fields- that was really powerful. It let them feel that they were really a part of your work and getting food to the food bank. Thank you so much.”– McLane Elementary Teacher

“Hi, I’m Chris Nagle. I’m 14 years old. I’ve been coming the GRuB Farm for three years as part of the Field Trip Program. It’s sometimes tedious, sometimes hard, but it’s always been fun. The hoophouse (which is a giant greenhouse) is really fun to work in. You get to harvest things and weed and sometimes snack. I also enjoy seeing the animals because you get to see animals you wouldn’t usually see, for instance, chickens and ducks and the occasional mouse. Sometimes we get to feed the slugs to the ducks. It’s also fun to go out into the fields. The GRuB Farm is fun because you get to work with your hands instead of being inside. I learned more about teamwork through working in groups and playing different games. I also like to pet the chickens, though some of my friends are too chicken to pet ‘em. And all I have to say now is G-R-U-B Go GRuB Grow!”

Kid: “I want to work here when I grow up! Do you make a lot of money?”
Staff: “umm.. no not really, but I get to eat all of the raspberries I want.”
Kid: “No way! I’m in! I’ll start right now!”


In the spring of 2009, GRuB co-convened the first ever South Sound School Garden Summit, which brought together 20 representatives from 9 schools that use food gardens, native plant gardens, and water-wise learning landscapes as educational resources. Since then, we have continued to support school garden efforts by helping to build gardens at school serving low-income students and supporting the Thurston County Food Bank’s new School Garden Program (

“This was really a shot in the arm for our garden program.”- Jennifer Varano, Pioneer Elementary